NFL Week 12 Predictions

Last Week’s Record: 10-4

Overall Record: 109-51

Packers vs. Lions: 35-27 Packers

All the Thanksgiving day games are tough matchups to pick, but in this game the Packers will come out on top. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ offense has been incredible this year. Their lowest scoring game all season was when they scored 24 against the Rams, but in the last four weeks they have scored at least 33 points in each game. The Lions will be the Packers toughest challenge so far this season, especially because the game will be played in Detroit, but the Packers will get the win.

Dolphins vs. Cowboys: 28-20 Cowboys

Both teams have won their last three games, but Dallas is still the better team. The Cowboys are tied for first place in the NFC East, and a win this week could give them the sole lead of the division. Tony Romo has played really well this year, even with Miles Austin and Dez Bryant out for extended periods of time. The Dolphins could keep it close early in the game, but once Romo gets in his groove, the Cowboys will take over. Tony Romo is 4-0 on Thanksgiving day.

Niners vs. Ravens: 24-23 Ravens

The battle of the Harbaugh’s will be one of the most intriguing matchups of the entire season. Jim has done a great job in his first year as 49’ers head coach, while John continues to be succesful in Baltimore. The Ravens will win this game in a close one, with the home field advantage being a key factor. The person who decides the outcome of the game is Joe Flacco. Flacco has had an up and down season, playing well in big games, but also playing terrible in games against the Titans, Jaguars, and Seahawks. If the Ravens’ offense plays well Thursday night, they’ll get the win.

Vikings vs. Falcons: 28-14 Falcons

With Adrian Peterson hurt, the Vikings are at a major disadvantage heading into this game. The Falcons have won four out of their last five games, and their offense is starting to click. The Falcons need another win to keep it close with the Saints who play the Giants on Monday Night.

Browns vs. Bengals: 27-10 Bengals

The Browns might have gotten a win last week, but then again they played the Jacksonville Jagaurs. The Bengals are a much better team than the Jaguars and will defeat the Browns. Andy Dalton has really stepped it up in his rookie season, leading the Bengals to a 6-4 record.

Bucs vs. Titans: 26-17 Bucs

Both teams are coming off tough losses last week. The Bucs put up a good fight against the Packers while the Titans lost to the Falcons. If Chris Johnson is going to play like the Chris Johnson of 2011, the Bucs win this one without a doubt. Josh Freeman hasn’t been great this season, but he is improving with each game.

Panthers vs. Colts: 35-21 Panthers

The Colts will still be looking for their first win of the season when this game ends. The Panthers are coming off back to back tough losses to the Vikings and Lions, and are ready to finally finish a game. Cam Newton has cooled off, and is starting to throw more interceptions. If Cam can keep calm, and play like he did earlier this season, the Panthers will win this one easily.

Cardinals vs. Rams: 24-20 Cardinals

The Cardinals are coming off a rough loss last week to the Niners but will bounce back this week and defeat the Rams. The Rams offense has been terrible this season, ranking in the bottom half for rushing and passing yards. Whether it’s John Skelton, Kevin Kolb, or Richard Bartel, the quarterback of the Cardinals needs to make sure they get the ball to Larry Fitzgerald. The team with the better quarterback will win this matchup.

Bills vs. Jets: 23-10 Jets

Both teams have struggled miserably the past few weeks, and are 5-5. The Jets will win this game, primarily because Bills’ running back Fred Jackson is out for the remainder of the season. The Jets’ offense as a whole has been disappointing this season, but they will snap their two game losing streak and beat the Bills.

Texans vs. Jaguars: 38-13 Texans

Matt Schaub might be out for the rest of the season, but the Texans are likely to get Andre Johnson back from a bad hamstring injury. Arian Foster has been spectacular this season, and should get a ton of carries on Sunday. The Jaguars offense isn’t nearly as good enough to keep up with the Texans.

Bears vs. Raiders: 28-20 Raiders

If Jay Cutler didn’t get hurt last week, the Bears would be the favor to win this game. Now that Cutler is out for the season, the Raiders are the favorites to win this week. Carson Palmer and Michael Bush have done great job replacing Jason Campbell and Darren McFadden this season. With another win, the Raiders will maintain their sole leadership in the AFC West.

Redskins vs. Seahawks: 23-17 Redskins

The Redskins could have, should have, would have beaten the Cowboys last week, if Graham Gano didn’t miss two field goals. Good news for the Redskins is that the Seahawks are much worse than the Cowboys. If Rex Grossman can play well in back to back weeks, the Redskins should be able to get their first win in six weeks.

Patriots vs. Eagles: 28-20 Patriots

The Eagles’ final hopes will come to an end Sunday when they lose to the Patriots at home. Tom Brady and the Patriots offense is way too much for the Eagles to handle. Even if Michael Vick plays, it won’t be enough to beat the Patriots.

Broncos vs. Chargers: 28-23 Chargers

The Chargers will finally get their act together, and beat the red hot Broncos. The Chargers have lost their last five games, but the streak will end Sunday. The Chargers will figure out a way to stop Tim Tebow, as well as figure out how to get Philip Rivers to stop throwing interceptions. Even though the Broncos are 4-1 since starting Tebow, it’s their defense that deserves all the credit. Besides scoring 38 points on the Raiders, the Broncos haven’t scored more than 18 points with Tebow at quarterback.

Steelers vs. Chiefs: 28-6 Steelers

The NFL did a terrible job picking the prime-time games this year. Just a week after getting crushed by the Patriots on Monday night, the Chiefs will be embarrassed again when they play the Steelers on Sunday night. The Steelers are clearly the better team, and will win this game, unless the Chiefs pull of a miracle.

Giants vs. Saints: 27-20 Saints

The Giants are back to their normal selves, starting off the season hot, and then cooling off in the second half of the year. The Giants’ schedule has been tough their last few games, playing the Patriots, Niners, Eagles, but hasn’t eased up with the Saints and Packers as their next two opponents. Drew Brees has played phenomenal this season, and shouldn’t have a problem against the Giants defense. The Giants are going to need Eli Manning to play like Peyton Manning in his prime to win this game.

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