Sunday, November 28, 2010

Pick 'Em: Week 12

Thanksgiving Day: 2-1
Last Week: 11-5
On The Season: 86-70-6

Sunday, 1:00 PM (EST)

Green Bay At Atlanta This is the game of the week. We could be witnessing a preview to the NFC Championship with these two teams squaring off. Atlanta is undefeated at home and at 8-2 the Falcons are rolling right along. That aside, the Packer defense is no joke and is the second highest scoring defense int he NFL. Turnovers are bound to decide this game between two NFC heavyweights. Packers +1.5

Pittsburgh At Buffalo The Steelers aren't the Bengals and Lions, the two teams Buffalo got off the mat against. After thumping the Raiders last week 35-3, the Pittsburgh offense could be hitting their stride. With the Jets and Ravens in the coming weeks, Pittsburgh will tune up with the Bills. Steelers -6

Carolina At Cleveland As good as the Browns were against New Orleans and New England, they're still 3-7 with backup quarterback Jake Delhomme playing in place of the injured Colt McCoy. Games between two teams with a combined record of 4-16 usually aren't blowouts. Panthers +9.5

Jacksonville At New York (Giants) After losing to both Dallas and Philadelphia, the Giants have to get back on track. Coughlin and the Giants still play great against the run, a Jaguar strength. The Giants are going to give the ball to Brandon Jacobs and hope to stop turning the ball over, six fumbles in the last two weeks. Spotting the Jags a touchdown shouldn't be a problem. Giants -7

Minnesota At Washington The Vikings are in the same spot the Cowboys were several weeks ago, a coaching change mid-season. With Brad Childress out the Vikings are left to rally around interim head coach Leslie Frazier. 0-5 On the road, the Vikings are in the midst of a 3-7 season. I expect the Vikings to put the ball in the hands of their running game early and often against a Redskins rush defense which allows 131 yards per game. Vikings -2

Tennessee At Houston Tensions between Jeff Fisher and Vince Young reached a peak last week. I continue to get the impression that Vince Young is and has just been forced on Jeff Fisher by Houston native and Titans owner Bud Adams. That being said, Young on the IR and Rusty Smith the former Florida Atlantic starter in, the Titans are in trouble. Their defensive line has taken hits with injuries to Jason Jones and Dave Bell. The Texans fell short against the Jets losing their fourth straight, they'll recover this week against a banged up Titans team. Texans -6

Sunday, 4:00 PM (EST)

Kansas City At Seattle The Chiefs put up 62 points against their previous two NFC West opponents, the Cardinals and 49ers. Why would they do any less against Seattle? Seattle can't play well against the pass and over the last two weeks Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel has thrown for over 660 yards with six touchdown passes. Kansas City will put up some points today. Chiefs -2.5

Miami At Oakland The 5-5 Raiders are returning home after their beatdown in Pittsburgh. Getting the Dolphins with Tyler Thigpen was what the Raiders had hoped for till Miami announced Chad Henne will start in Oakland. I still like the Raiders to rush all over Miami and setup a big time AFC West matchup with the Chargers next week. Raiders -2.5

St. Louis At Denver Does everyone agree Josh McDaniels may not be a head coach for very long in this league? The videotaping fines weighed down on the Broncos head coach has to be an embarrassment for Bronco ownership. The Rams can still hang around in this game even though they've lost two straight. Bradford and company get back on it in Denver this week. Rams +3.5

Philadelphia At Chicago The Michael Vick MVP tour continues. It'll be impressive if Philly can torch a fast Chicago defense. Going on the road after a less than stellar performance against the Giants last week, the Eagles will have their hands full in Chicago. With all the hype around Vick, running back LeSean McCoy has been able to fly under the radar in Philly. On pace to go over 1,700 yards in total offense, McCoy is coming off a week which he ran for 111 yards and caught an additional five passes out of the backfield. Eagles -3

Tampa Bay At Baltimore After playing Carolina and San Francisco in back-to-back weeks, the Bucs may have forgotten what it was like to play quality teams. With Ed Reed now back in the Baltimore defense, expect the anti to be raised. No way Ray Lewis and company let Josh Freeman beat them on his field. Ravens -7

Sunday, 8:20 PM (EST)

San Diego At Indianapolis I love the way the San Diego offense has been playing. They're scoring from all over the field and now they go indoors. With Manning and Rivers, you can expect a ton of points to be scored that is for sure. The Chargers have made up from their terrible start and are really gaining a ton of respect around the league. Still, Peyton doesn't lose games two in a row and not three of four. The Colts win this one late. Colts -2.5

Monday, 8:30 PM (EST)

San Francisco At Arizona ESPN has really got to be upset about their Monday night game, two 3-7 teams going head to head. The 49ers have been a mess all season long and Arizona really misses having a reliable quarterback. I'll watch all of about ten minutes of this game, maybe not even that. 49ers on the road! 49ers -1.5

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