My mediocre record is not the point of this week’s picks.
This week is about appreciating how great football has become again, overcoming the injuries, the President’s objections to kneeling, and all the other nonsense that has risen up this season. FOOTBALL IS GREAT AGAIN!
Now, onto Week 12. (Picks in Bold).
Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions (+3) — The Lions have won three straight so in true Detroit fashion, the other team, especially Case Keenum, will be eating the turkey this Thanksgiving.
Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas Cowboys (+2) — The Chargers are on a roll and the Cowboys are a mess without Zeke. Even with Tyron Smith returning, Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram may combine for 8 sacks. I’ve also heard on pretty solid intel that Dak Prescott is hurt… this is malpractice by Jason Garrett.
New York Giants at Washington Redskins (-7.5) — The Redskins should win this game, but the injuries are piling up in the nation’s capital. This 4-6 record is a testament to Jay Gruden’s coaching prowess with 15 players on IR.
Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs (-10) — The Chiefs should still win this game with the Bills trending the wrong way, but the Chiefs’ defense should keep this close – it’s not that good. Marcus Peters is extremely overrated and the clock on Alex Smith’s career in Kansas City is ticking.
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots (-17) — The Patriots are headed for the AFC championship game and this week should be no different than last week’s rout of the Raiders. Also, I don’t know why the Dolphins aren’t in the conversation for one of the quarterbacks in next year’s draft.
Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles (-14) — The Eagles will still win this game, but the Bears’ defense is a lot better than people get it credit for. I do worry about Mitch Trubisky being potentially murdered by the end of the game.
Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts (+3) — The Colts have quit on Chuck Pagano and the Titans are motivated after getting their ass kicked by the Steelers last week. Marcus Mariota should bounce back in a big way.
Carolina Panthers at New York Jets (+5) — The Panthers are a better team than the Jets and seemed to have figured out their offense after Kelvin Benjamin left and should keep rolling this week.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons (-10) — No Jameis Winston this week either for the Buccaneers, but Ryan Fitzpatrick may be a better option anyway than Winston. The Bucs should keep this close.
Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals (-8) — The Bengals are fighting for a playoff spot and the Browns are the Browns. Self explanatory.
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers (+6.5) — The Seahawks’ defense has completely been brought to its knees with injuries. Seattle should still win this game with CJ Beathard as the starter for the 49ers.
New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Rams (-2.5) — The Redskins showed that the Saints’ defense still has issues and with pass rusher Alex Okafor out for the year, Jared Goff and Todd Gurley should have a big day. The Rams’ defense also has the personnel to slow down the Saints’ attack.
Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders (-5) — The Raiders should win this game after changing defensive coordinators and also because Paxton Lynch is still not good.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Arizona Cardinals (+5.5) — The Jaguars’ defense is the best since the Seahawks’ during their heyday, but the offense has issues to overcome if they want to figure out how to win in the playoffs. Arizona is done though.
Green Bay Packers at Pittsburgh Steelers (-14) — Brett Hundley is not a NFL starter, which is not great for Mike McCarthy when management realizes that the Packers should just hand over the entire franchise to Aaron Rodgers.
Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens (-7) — DeAndre Hopkins is the best offensive player in the game, and this may be shocking to people, but Tom Savage is as good as Joe Flacco.