Week 12 NFL Picks
Week 12 Picks
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! The football season has finally reached the holidays and before you know it we’ll be at Christmas time and it’ll be down to the nitty gritty in the playoff picture. Or perhaps it’ll be just as cloudy as it is now but this is when it all gets really exciting; unless you’re favorite team is out of it. Then you need to come here to Rant Sports and we’ll start getting you prepared for next year. There are 9 divisional games this week and plenty of other great matchups on the schedule that may seal some team’s playoff fate. Once again the Sunday night matchup figures to be one of the games of the day and it should be a heck of a fight.
The week opens up on Thanksgiving with a couple of divisional matchups as the Dallas Cowboys welcome the rival Washington Redskins, followed by the Patriots going to the new Meadowlands for a contest with the Jets, sans The Gronk. Among the other great games this week include the red hot Buccaneers hosting the Atlanta Falcons and the San Francisco 49ers travel to New Orleans for a matchup with the Saints. Then comes the Sunday night contest when the Green Bay Packers battle the New York Giants in a playoff rematch from last year.
This week maybe the best week of NFL all year long! So grab your favorite beverage and some buffalo wings because I’m about to pick all the games in this week’s edition of Grimaldi’s Great Predictions. *I went 10-4 last week so let’s keep this win train rolling!
Thanksgiving Day opens up with the Detroit Lions hosting their annual beat down and this time it comes from the Houston Texans. The Lions won’t be able to stop the Texans from scoring on the ground or through the air and will force the Lions to play catch up. The Lions will keep it close early because they have the passing game to score on the Texans but I expect Houston to tackle much better than they did last week. Texans win.
The other annual Thanksgiving host, the Dallas Cowboys, get their first look at RGIII and the Washington Redskins and I’m not sure they’ll like what they see. The Cowboys offensive line is a mess and Griffin poses a bunch of problems for a defense that isn’t aggressive enough. If the Cowboys offense is aggressive, they’ll score enough points to win but it hasn’t been their style and I think the offensive line dooms them this week. Redskins win in an upset on the road and give Tony Romo his first Thanksgiving loss.
In the night cap, the New England Patriots will play the Jets, who are coming off a win and are looking to build momentum for the stretch run. We know the Pats will be without Gronkowski but I’m not sure it’ll matter. Their offense usually has a different player step up each week and they have plenty of weapons to expose the Jets defense. Beating the Rams is one thing but beating New England is quite another. The Pats win easily.
In Chicago, the Bears will try to shake off the loss to the 49ers on Monday night when they host division rival Minnesota. Christian Ponder has had problems on the road and I have the feeling the Bears defense will be in a bad mood. I’m not sure if Cutler comes back to play this weekend but will it matter if the Chicago offensive line performs like they did last week? I think the Bears line play improves and the Bears win the game at home.
The Oakland Raiders travel to the east coast for a one o’clock game against the Cincinnati Bengals and we all know what that means, the Bengals win. It probably has more to do with the fact that the Bengals are on fire right now and the Raiders have been awful but let’s not let facts get in the way of a good story. No surprise here, Bengals win.
In Cleveland, the Browns will try to get over another tough loss and take on division rival Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers will be lining up third string quarterback Charlie Batch, with a banged up wide receiver group and an average offensive line. Pittsburgh still brings the defense and they’ll make it tough on the Browns but I think it’s just the right time for the Browns to finally get a close win. Trent Richardson will have a nice day rushing the football, Cleveland wins.
The Colts go back home to try and get back into the winning groove when they take on the Buffalo Bills, who’ve had 11 days to prepare for the contest. The Colts have been very good at home this season and I’m very interested in seeing how Andrew Luck comes back after a poor outing against New England. I’m backing the rookie to learn from his mistakes and play much better at home, Indianapolis wins.
In Jacksonville, the suddenly potent offense led by Chad Henne welcomes the Tennessee Titans into town on Sunday. The Titans are coming off of their bye week fresh and ready to take on a Jags team that left it all on the field against the Texans last week. I think this game is better game than we all think and I expect the rested Titans team to beat a tired Jags team. Tennessee wins.
The Kansas City Chiefs will try to turn things around when they welcome the Denver Broncos into town this weekend and I thought last week was the week for Kansas City to get a win at home but as Kramer would say, “I was waaaaaay off!” Is this the week the Chiefs put together a great effort and battle the Broncos? I’m giving the proud franchise one more opportunity to play well but I still like the Broncos to win a close game. Denver wins.
The Miami Dolphins have struggled recently and they’ve had 11 days to stew over an ugly loss to Buffalo. They welcome in the Seattle Seahawks who are coming off of their bye week. I like a very close game here and it’ll come down to the running games. Whichever team stops the run the best will win the game. Seahawks have a very strong running game and will wear down the Miami defense, Seattle wins.
In one of the more interesting matchups of the week, the red hot Bucs welcome the Atlanta Falcons to town. The Falcons have been struggling even though they’re 9-1 and the Bucs, with their physical style of football, has been playing better football than the Falcons. The Falcons have had the Bucs number recently and I think this divisional matchup is just what the Falcons need to snap out of their funk. Matt Ryan rebounds and Atlanta wins.
The Baltimore Ravens go to San Diego to take on the Chargers, who are on their last legs. AJ Smith and Norv Turner are in danger of losing their jobs and they need a win in the worst way. The Chargers can throw the ball well and the Ravens defense will be without Ed Reed, assuming he doesn’t appeal his suspension. The Ravens are also coming off a hard fought win in Pittsburgh and maybe in for a little bit of a letdown. I like the desperate team over a tired team without a bunch of key defensive starters. San Diego wins.
The Arizona Cardinals go back home and hope to rebound off of their horrid offensive performance in Atlanta. The Rams aren’t great defensively but they did pile up a ton of sacks last time they played. St. Louis did not play well last week and it’s difficult to say which Rams team shows up, the one who played against the 49ers or the one who looked lost against the Jets. I’m picking the Rams because they have a quarterback who can throw the ball to his receivers, when in doubt, take the quarterback. Rams win.
The New Orleans Saints get a chance for revenge against the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last year and this time it’s at home. The Niners come into town off of a big win on Monday night and who starts for San Fran is anybody’s guess. The Saints are playing extremely well right now and a big win against a good team can propel this team to a playoff run. I don’t think the 49ers can score with the Saints no matter who is at quarterback, Saints win and continue their hot streak.
In another rematch of last year’s playoffs, the Green Bay Packers ride their hot streak into New Jersey to play the Giants. The Giants are coming off of a bye week and seem to play well when no one believes in them. I expect a really fun, high scoring game and I also believe both defenses have a chance to get a defensive score. Whichever quarterback has the ball last will win the game, give me the Packers. Green Bay wins.
On Monday night we get one of the worst games of the year, which of course, means it should be one heck of a game between the Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles. The Philly fans will be in rare form even before kickoff and let’s hope for Andy Reid’s sake that the Eagles don’t give them a reason to fire him after the game. Nick Foles was not good at all last week but it’s not like Cam Newton has been lighting it up either. Give me the home team and a short reprieve for Reid and the Eagles, Philadelphia wins.