NFL: Gobble Up Some Week 12 Predictions
The week 12 slate of the NFL features a couple of big games. It all starts with your, now traditional, Thanksgiving tripleheader. Here is a look at how this week in the league may play out.
Thursday, November 26th
(3-7)Houston Texans at Detroit Lions(4-6) at 12:30 PM ET on CBS
These two teams played a good game against one another eight years ago, which was also a Thanksgiving game. Like that meeting, it should come down to the wire again for two teams trying to save their season. Houston emerges victorious 38-35.
(3-7)Washington Football Team at Dallas Cowboys(3-7) at 4:30 PM ET on FOX
Incredibly the opportunity to possess first place in the NFC East with four wins at this point in the year is at stake. The Cowboys need to come from behind late 31-28.
(6-4)Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers(10-0) at 8:20 PM ET on NBC
The Steelers get the season sweep, defeating the Ravens 38-21. Baltimore could really use this game, but Pittsburgh has the physical and mental edge for an eleventh win this NFL year.
Sunday, November 29th
(6-4)Miami Dolphins at New York Jets(0-10) at 1:00 PM ET on CBS
I will call this one as my upset pick. Frank Gore has a big game. The defense gets three interceptions to preserve the lead. The scoreboard reads around four o’clock local time, 27-20 Jets to avoid a winless NFL season.
(6-4)Arizona Cardinals at New England Patriots(4-6) at 1:00 PM ET on FOX
New England has played well at home, but I expect Arizona to bounce back, 24-20. The Cardinals have had time to prepare, so they should be itching to atone from a tough loss. The Cardinals remain in the mix for the NFC West crown.
(4-7)Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings(4-6) at 1:00 PM ET on FOX
Minnesota steps it up on defense after getting pushed around seven days prior. The Vikings stay in the NFC playoff picture. I will say Minnesota 34-24.
(7-3)Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts(7-3) at 1:00 PM ET on CBS
Tennessee returns the favor from a few Thursdays ago, 31-24 in the best NFL game of the day. The Titans got things right last week, and they will cut down the mistakes including the much talked about third-down defense.
(3-7)New York Giants at Cincinnati Bengals(2-7-1) at 1:00 PM ET on FOX
The Giants get a cross-conference result, 27-9 to stay neck and neck with Dallas. New York knows they host the Cowboys later, so they will get their chance to hold serve. I don’t expect the Bengals to put up much of a fight sans Joe Burrow, which is a pity for football fans.
(3-7)Los Angeles Chargers at Buffalo Bills(7-3) at 1:00 PM ET on CBS
The Bills ferocious defense swarm Justin Herbert, recording four sacks. Buffalo outscores the Chargers to pull away. It finishes at 41-24 in Orchard Park, New York.
(6-4)Las Vegas Raiders at Atlanta Falcons(3-7) at 1:00 PM ET on CBS
The Raiders will jump out to an early 14-0 lead remembering what they were able to do offensively in their last game. Las Vegas wins comfortably 31-14. They know their route to the playoffs will have to be the wild card since Kansas City sealed the division.
(7-3)Cleveland Browns at Jacksonville Jaguars(1-9) at 1:00 PM ET on CBS
Cleveland put more points up this week in better conditions. The running game continues to be the bread and butter for the men in orange and brown. Jacksonville must wait another week for NFL win number two as the Browns win 28-17.
(4-6)San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams(7-3) at 4:05 PM ET on FOX
The Rams have enough gas on a short week after a big win on Monday night. I cannot see San Francisco offering much resistance in Los Angeles Sunday. Rams 38-17 in their spectacular new stadium.
(8-2)New Orleans Saints at Denver Broncos(4-6) at 4:05 PM ET on FOX
After Denver slowed down Miami last week, the Saints will be a focused group. New Orleans breaks open a tight game in the second half to pull away. Saints 34 Broncos 17 in Colorado.
(9-1)Kansas City Chiefs at Tampa Bay Buccaneers(7-4) at 4:25 PM ET on CBS
The Chiefs build on their performance in Nevada, getting four takeaways in the turnover department from the defensive unit. Kansas City 35 Tampa Bay 21 in the fourth meeting between Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady. The previous three occasions have been decided by seven or fewer points.
(5-5)Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers(7-3) at 8:20 PM ET on NBC
The oldest rivalry in the league is back on center stage. I think the Packers will take this one with room to spare 38-14. Green Bay shakes off a tough loss and Chicago continues to find traction offensively.
Monday, November 30th
(7-3)Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles(3-6-1) at 8:15 PM ET on ESPN
The Eagles have the pressure to stay even for pole position in their division. They have not matched up well against the Seahawks in recent years, I do not sense that changing. The final score reads 27-17 to the visitors.
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