Week 12 NFL Picks
VIKINGS VS LIONS (THANKSGIVING)
The Vikings defense shut down one of the best offensive units in the league last week. They are not to be messed with. Their offense has also been pretty good. Somehow Case Keenum keeps making plays. I don’t expect this week to be any different for the Vikings.
CHARGERS VS COWBOYS (THANKSGIVING)
The Cowboys hung in there with the Eagles for a half, but then got absolutely destroyed by the Eagles in the second half. Part of the reason they got nothing going is because Dak had no time to throw the ball. Most of his passes were a lot quicker than usual. This week will be another challenge playing the Chargers D line, but they should be getting their starting LT back. Tyron Smith is one of, if not the best LT in the game. He’ll give this offensive line a boost it desperately needs.
GIANTS VS REDSKINS (THANKSGIVING)
The Giants played a good game against the Chiefs, but was it because they’re improving or because the Chiefs are getting worse? Well I don’t think the Giants are improving. The Redskins almost came out with a victory against one of the NFC’s best teams. Expect to see them stay hot offensively. The defense should be better against a Giants offense that hasn’t been good all season.
BROWNS VS BENGALS
The Browns are still the Browns. What else is there to say about them? The Bengals defense should have their way with this Browns offense. That’s pretty much all I need to say.
PANTHERS VS JETS
The Panthers top 5 defense in points allowed should be able to handle the Jets offense. They’re coming off a bye week, so they’ll be nice and rested for this game. A couple key players should be returning for the Panthers this week also. The Jets have been competitive in a lot of games this year, so they could actually put up a fight, but I expect Cam and the Panthers to get a victory.
TITANS VS COLTS
That beat down from the Steelers last week might carry over into this game for the Titans. The Colts are coming off a bye week and they’re ready to close out the season strong. Reading through some other weekly picks for this week, I read that the Titans are 1-12 in their last 13 games against the Colts. Pretty good odds for a Colts victory if you ask me.
BUCCANEERS VS FALCONS
The Falcons have been on a roll lately. The Buccaneers are not the team to stop that roll. I’m expecting this game to be a blowout. I’d be surprised if the Bucs slowed down Matt Ryan and this offense the way it’s playing right now.
DOLPHINS VS PATRIOTS
The Patriots losing to a team that ranks 31st in points per game? Don’t even think about it. The Patriots are destroying teams right now. They’ve scored 41 and 33 points in their last two games. The offense should have a lot of time on the field, so I see another 30+ point game for the Pats.
BEARS VS EAGLES
The Eagles are wrecking everyone in their path right now. The Bears offense is no threat to challenge Carson Wentz. The Bears may stick around for a while, maybe, but the Eagles will pull away at some point. It could be early, could be late, but they will. The Eagles keep flying high on their way to the playoffs.
BILLS VS CHIEFS
Both teams have had some rough weeks recently. The Bills decision to sit Tyrod Taylor looked like a huge mistake, and the Chiefs lost to the Giants, who had one win before beating them. Someone has to get back on track. I think the Chiefs are the better all around team, so I think they take the win here.
SEAHAWKS VS 49ERS
Even with all the injuries to the Seahawks defense, the 49ers aren’t going to have enough offense to beat them. The offense for the Seahawks can outscore this 49ers team. After losing a close game last week to the Falcons, this will be a game for the Seahawks to get back on track.
BRONCOS VS RAIDERS
Both teams have been huge disappointments this season. The outcome of this game probably doesn’t matter a whole lot. The Raiders can still be in the playoff picture if they get a couple wins. The Broncos are only one game behind them, so it’s still possible for them to make the playoffs, but that one extra loss sets them back quite a bit. The Raiders have more to play for.
SAINTS VS RAMS
This will be the second week in a row the Rams are playing in a playoff feel type game. The Rams showed their youth last week against a very tough and experienced Vikings defense. This week they face a Saints defense that is also tough. They also face an experienced QB in Drew Brees. I think Brees shows his experience while the Rams show they’re still learning how to play in big, meaningful games.
JAGUARS VS CARDINALS
The Jaguars should have a pretty easy time with the Cardinals offense. They’re not much better than the Browns offense, who the Jaguars didn’t have trouble with last week. The Jaguars defense will be too much for the Cardinals.
PACKERS VS STEELERS (Sunday Night)
Brett Hundley continues to do Brett Hundley things. The Steelers defense is going to make sure it stays that way. It’s going to be another rough game for Hundley and the Packers offense, while the Steelers continue to roll.
TEXANS VS RAVENS (Monday Night)
Tom Savage and the Texans offense had a decent showing last week, but that was against a Cardinals defense that hasn’t been so hot this year. The Ravens defense has been great the past few weeks. They’re really the reason this team is sitting in a playoff spot right now. The Ravens defense will continue to shine this week, helping Baltimore secure a playoff spot this season.