Two NFC teams will battle it out in Week 12, and it's pretty clear who will come out on top. Hint: it's not the New Orleans Saints.
Sure, they beat the 2021 Super Bowl champions in Week 11, but they'll face a potential 2022 Super Bowl champion this week. The 49ers currently sit atop the NFC West and have nearly everything going for them: a deadly rushing attack spearheaded by versatile weapons, a mostly competent quarterback, a rock solid defense, a stellar coaching staff, and the list goes on.
The Saints have....Andy Dalton, who, in any given game, can either throw four touchdowns or four interceptions. Alvin Kamara hasn't looked like his old self lately, and the only two dim positives are Chris Olave's reliable production and a seemingly improving defense.
It's no wonder the experts are expecting the 49ers to tally another victory. The only question is, will it be a blowout or a close matchup?
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Here's who the experts are picking to win in Week 12:
Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic: Saints 16, 49ers 24
Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: Saints 20, 49ers 24
Gary Davenport, Bleacher Report: Saints 17, 49ers 27
Davenport pointed out Jimmy Garoppolo's obvious faults yet believes the 49ers are the more complete team overall. We wholeheartedly agree.
""San Francisco has no shortage of offensive firepower, but Jimmy Garoppolo isn't going to throw four touchdown passes two weeks in a row. With that said, the Niners are getting healthy on both sides of the ball and showed impressive balance in curb-stomping the Cardinals on Monday.""- Gary Davenport
There's just no reason Jimmy G and his incredibly talented supporting cast shouldn't win this one. San Francisco boasts one of the most impressive run defenses in the league, and Alvin Kamara hasn't exactly been a touchdown machine this season.
The Saints could throw Taysom Hill out there somewhere and pray to the gods, yet Hill projects to be a poor man's Deebo Samuel (if that, even) and may not find much success in whatever position he plays in.
Hopefully, Andy Dalton continues building nice chemistry with Chris Olave and Juwan Johnson, but we're not getting our hopes up.
At least the experts think it will be a close game, right?