Week 12 Picks
Last Weeks Record: 10-4
Texans at Lions – Texans, Houston had a scare against the Jaguars last week, while the Lions nearly pulled off the upset against Green Bay. Both teams should come in feeling confident, but the Texans leave with a win, and take Detroit’s fading playoff hopes with them.
Redskins at Cowboys – Cowboys, This game could go either way with both teams playing well in recent weeks. Ultimately I think home field advantage proves the deciding factor in this one. Unless of course Tony Romo decides he’s going to throw 4 interceptions.
Patriots at Jets – Patriots, Even without Gronk and his broken forearm, the Patriots offense will be too much to handle for a suspect Jets defense. The Pats get Aaron Hernandez back for this one as well, so he softens the blow from the loss of Gronkowski.
Titans at Jaguars – Titans, The Jaguars played their best game of the season last week… and still lost. The Titans have had 2 weeks to prepare for this game and coming off of a dominating victory over the Dolphins in week 10, they should have little trouble beating up on the 1-9 Jaguars.
Bills at Colts – Colts, Andrew Luck will right the ship this week at home against the Bills. Buffalo did not score an offensive touchdown last week and they still beat the Dolphins. Indianapolis, while not a fantastic team, is more complete than the Bills and should pull this one out, especially at home.
Steelers at Browns – Steelers, This is going to be a very ugly game to watch. Charlie Batch will get the start for the Steelers, and while he picked a perfect week to play against Cleveland, it’s still Charlie Batch. It will be interesting to see how Plaxico Burress plays for the Steelers as well, although I doubt he will get much playing time. Pittsburgh’s defense will overwhelm Brandon Weeden enough for the win.
Raiders at Benglas – Bengals, Have you seen the Raiders defense? Have you seen A.J. Green? That’s pretty much all you need to know for this game. Fun fact: A.J. Green has scored a touchdown in 9 straight games, second all time to Jerry Rice’s 12 games in a row.
Broncos at Chiefs – Broncos, Denver is for real this season. They are 3rd in team offense and 6th in team defense. While their rushing attack isn’t great, their passing game more than makes up for it. Easy win for the Broncos against the 1-9 Chiefs.
Seahawks at Dolphins – Seahawks, The Dolphins match up very poorly with the Seahawks. Seattle has the third best defense in the league while Miami’s offense has been non-existent as of late. Plus, Seattle has had 2 weeks to prepare for this game. If the recent trend continues, Seattle should march all over the Fins.
Falcons at Buccaneers – Buccaneers, Contrary to the Seattle vs. Miami game, the Bucs actually matchup very well with the Falcons. Atlanta has a bad run defense and Doug Martin will run all over them on Sunday. If Tampa Bay can control the time of possesion with their own run game and keep the ball out of Matt Ryan’s hands, then they will come away victorious. Not to mention that Matty Ice threw 5 interceptions last week…
Vikings at Bears – Vikings, Chicago looked terrible against the Niners last week. And while Jay Cutler didn’t play, they got to face a rookie backup quarterback as well and their defense just wasn’t up for the task. Chicago and Minnesota are very similar teams, both can’t pass the ball and they both have good defenses. The difference in this one will be the presence of Adrian Peterson and the absence of Jay Cutler.
Ravens at Chargers – Ravens, The Chargers just don’t seem to have it this year. After starting out a promising 3-1, they have gone a dreadful 1-5 since then and it seems as the Norv Turner’s job is on a week to week basis. Too much turmoil, as well as a lack of talent, in San Diego for the Chargers to pull off the upset.
Rams at Cardinals – Rams, Raise your hand if you thought Ryan Lindley would start a game this season. Now raise your hand if you know who Ryan Lindley is. I thought so, Rams in a blowout. And this is a team that just got blown out by the Jets last week.
49ers at Saints – 49ers, Both teams looked so dominant last week against their respective opponents. The Saints have been on a resurgence like no other in their quest to get back into the playoff picture, while the Niners have been steady all season long. Jim Harbaugh named Colin Kaepernick the starter, and he should have an easy time picking apart the porous Saints secondary.
Packers at Giants – Giants, The G-Men look to stop their recent losing skid against a Packers team that has played much better as of late. I believe that the Giants get out of their funk and beat Green Bay in a very close game. The Giants have the home field advantage in this one, and they are also coming off a bye.
Panthers at Eagles – Panthers, The only thing entertaining about this game is that Joh\n Gruden will be broadcasting while the Eagles fans are chanting for him to take over Andy Reid’s spot on the sideline. I pick the Panthers in this one just because it looks like they still actually care about the game of football, unlike the Eagles.