NFL Picks: Week 12

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Happy Thanksgiving


Before we get to the picks and in the spirit of Thanksgiving, we are going to have some fun. We are going to look at some of the bigger names in the NFL and tell you what they should be thankful for. Some will be serious but most, hopefully, will make you laugh. Before getting started, though, please know that I am thankful for each and every one of you. Thank you for taking the time to read both my articles and all of the articles on Rant. We all appreciate it very much!

The Denver Broncos are thankful that the Indianapolis Colts thought Peyton Manning was done.

The Indianapolis Colts are thankful that Andrew Luck appears to be a great quarterback.

Defensive backs all around the NFL are thankful for Tony Romo, Michael Vick and Phillip Rivers.

Tim Tebow is thankful that there are still some people who believe he can play quarterback.

Rex Ryan is thankful that people still care about what he says even though the Jets are awful.

San Diego Charger fans are thankful that Norv Turner is finally on his way out.

The fans of the Kansas City Chiefs are thankful for……….. Never mind.

Texas residents are thankful that they finally have a good NFL team, the Texans.

The Seattle Seahawks are thankful for replacement referees.

The Green Bay Packers are thankful for real referees.

We would all be thankful if Jon Gruden got a head coaching job and left the Monday Night Football booth.

We are all thankful for football!

On with the picks!

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Houston Texans at Detroit Lions


The Houston Texans travel to the Motor City for the traditional Thanksgiving game versus the Detroit Lions. All of the signs point to the Texans but they really are not playing that well as of late, and the Lions usually play well in this spot. It’s been a disappointing season but the Lions still have talent, and it will bite the Texans here.

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Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys


As bad as the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins have been this season; the winner of this one is back in the division race. The Cowboys are at home but that’s not a good thing; they don’t play very well at home. The Redskins are coming off of a solid win over the Philadelphia Eagles, and will ruin Thanksgiving dinner for Jerry Jones. The Skins in a tight one.

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New England Patriots at New York Jets

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The New York Jets won a game last Sunday, and now they think they are on their way. As usual, Rex Ryan is completely delusional and the New England Patriots will bring him back down to earth. The game is in New York, so it will be close for awhile but the Patriots have too much offense.

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Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears

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It was a tough night for the Chicago Bears last Monday versus the San Francisco 49ers, but they should get Jay Cutler back this week. The Minnesota Vikings are having a surprising season but the Bears get back on track after two straight losses. It will be a close one but the Bears pull it out late.

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Oakland Raiders at Cincinnati Bengals


The Cincinnati Bengals are rolling on offense and the Oakland Raiders cannot stop anyone on defense, you do the math. The Bengals have a shot at a wild card spot in the AFC and the Raiders will not stand in their way. The Bengals, Big!

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Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns


Despite their 2-8 record, the Cleveland Browns are playing some good football. Their defense is keeping them in games; now they just have to figure out how to finish some of those. The Pittsburgh Steelers are on their third quarterback and are beat up at other places. This one has upset written all over it and I’m biting. Give me the Browns.

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Buffalo Bills at Indianapolis Colts


The story book season for the Indianapolis Colts got side tracked a little last Sunday but the Patriots do that to a lot of teams. Andrew Luck and the Colts get back in the win column with a home win over the Buffalo Bills.

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Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs


Kansas City can’t score and now they host the Denver Broncos. The only question in this game is will the Chiefs score a point; that’s a serious question. The Broncos will score plenty and they win their sixth in a row with an easy win at Arrowhead.

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Seattle Seahawks at Miami Dolphins

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If the Seattle Seahawks want people to believe they are for real, then they have to go on the road and win a game that they are supposed to win. The Miami Dolphins are not a good football team and are fading fast. The problem for the Seahawks is that it is a long road trip and it’s an early kickoff; that’s bad news for the Seahawks. I’ll take the Dolphins in an upset.

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Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers


One of the hottest teams hosts one of the best teams when the Atlanta Falcons take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Falcons have a better record but the Buccaneers are playing better, give me the team that’s playing better. The Bucs, in a tight one.

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Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars


The Jacksonville Jaguars had the Texans beat last week but blew it. Now they host the Tennessee Titans and logic tells you that the Jaguars should win the game, right. Wrong, they gave everything they had in the loss to the Texans and will get blown out at home by the Titans.

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Baltimore Ravens at San Diego Chargers


The season ended for the San Diego Chargers last Sunday when they lost to the Denver Broncos, and now they return home to face a good Baltimore Ravens team. The Ravens need the game to keep pace in the AFC and the Chargers are playing out the string. The Ravens win easy.

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St. Louis Rams at Arizona Cardinals


In Arizona, the Cardinals host the St. Louis Rams in a battle of two teams with no real identity. The Cardinals have the worst quarterback situation in the league and the Rams are hot and cold. Based on those things, I honestly have no idea. Give me the Rams just because I like Jeff Fisher.

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San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints

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The game of the week features the San Francisco 49ers and the New Orleans Saints. Both teams are coming off of impressive wins last week and this one should be a whole lot of fun. The Niners have a great defense but Drew Brees and the Saints are rolling, and the offense for the 49ers won’t be able to keep pace. The Saints move to 6-5 and are a real threat in the NFC.

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Green Bay Packers at New York Giants

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Sunday concludes with the New York Giants hosting the Green Bay Packers. Three weeks ago this looked like a great game, and maybe it will be but the Packers are a much better team than the Giants right now. Eli Manning and the Giants find a way to keep it close but the Packers just have too much offense.

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Carolina Panthers at New York Giants


Week 12 concludes with one terrible team taking on another terrible team as the Carolina Panthers take on the Philadelphia Eagles in Philly. The only reason to watch this game is to see how nasty the fans get towards Andy Reid and the Eagles. Honestly, it could be fun in a strange way. As for the game, flip a coin. I’ll take the Panthers; they are playing a little better and are healthier.

Once again, I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and your day is filled with family, food and football.

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