NFL Week 12 Predictions

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Most people will be watching football on Thanksgiving tomorrow and all of the games should be pretty good. The Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions will be a key NFC North showdown. The Los Angeles Chargers and the Dallas Cowboys are fighting for there playoff lives. The New York Giants and the Washington Redskins won't be as bad as you think.

The Cleveland Browns are still looking for there first win and it may never come this season. I went 7-7 with my picks last week and my record is 96-64 on the year.

Minnesota Vikings 24 Detroit Lions 27: In order for the Lions to have a shot to make the playoffs, they are going to have to beat the Vikings. Minnesota is coming off an impressive win against the Los Angeles Rams, but asking them to beat Detroit in Detroit on a short week is a tough task for them.

Los Angeles Chargers 35 Dallas Cowboys 21: The Chargers look like they are hitting there stride now. The defense is very underrated and the Cowboys offense hasn't been the same ever since Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended.

New York Giants 24 Washington Redskins 23: The Giants shocked everyone last week when they beat the Kansas City Chiefs. New York will be underdogs again this week and this is where they will decide to show up and play. The Redskins almost pulled off the upset against the New Orleans Saints on the road, until there defense decided to collapse.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 Atlanta Falcons 24: Ryan Fitzpatrick has led Tampa Bay to a 2-game win streak. It feels strange because he isn't a great quarterback like Jameis Winston is. The Falcons are starting to peak at the right time with Matt Ryan and a turnover forced defense.

Cleveland Browns 10 Cincinnati Bengals 17: Andy Dalton has been playing a lot better as of late and he played a turnover free game against the Broncos last week. The Browns continue to be dysfunctional.

Tennessee Titans 30 Indianapolis Colts 10: This is Marcus Mariota's perfect opportunity to bounce back strong after throwing four interceptions last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Colts secondary isn't very good. The Titans will control the line of scrimmage.

Buffalo Bills 17 Kansas City Chiefs 24: The Chiefs were upset by the Giants last week. People are wanting Patrick Mahomes to start at quarterback over Alex Smith, but it remains to be seen. It is supposed to be good weather for the Chiefs game on Sunday and that will be good news for Alex Smith. The Chiefs need Kareem Hunt to get going again. The Bills will go back to Tyrod Taylor at quarterback.

Miami Dolphins 14 New England Patriots 28: The Dolphins look lost on offense without Jay Ajayi. The offense hasn't been the same and Jay Cutler looks lifeless as of late. Miami has lost their swagger and the Patriots are playing like they want to win another championship right now.

Carolina Panthers 24 New York Jets 10: Cam Newton should be able to throw the ball like crazy against the Jets. He plays better on the road. Christian McCaffrey is a tank in the backfield and Greg Olsen might be back this week at tight end for the Panthers. The Jets are heading in the wrong direction right now.

Chicago Bears 20 Philadelphia Eagles 27: The Bears have been playing hard but losing Leonard Floyd on defense is going to hurt them. Mitchell Trubisky has played better but the Eagles defense will make him look ordinary. Carson Wentz will continue to be a magician with the football.

Seattle Seahawks 17 San Francisco 49ers 24: The Seahawks defense looks finished. They have too many injuries to overcome. C.J. Beathard will most likely start over Jimmy Garoppolo. Beathard played well against the Giants and the 49ers got their first win of the season against them. Beathard will play well again this week.

New Orleans Saints 21 Los Angeles Rams 35: This is going to be another monster test for the Rams. They lost to the Vikings last week and in order for the Rams to be considered contenders, they are going to have to take care of business against the Saints and I think they will. Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara have been the best running back duo in the NFL so far this season. If the Saints don't have Marshon Lattimore in the secondary, the Rams will pick them apart.

Jacksonville Jaguars 21 Arizona Cardinals 14: Jacksonville continues to sack the quarterback and force turnovers. They are taking advantage of a weak schedule. Blaine Gabbert wasn't bad last week for the Cardinals, but he will be blitzed all game long and the Cardinals defense isn't what it used to be.

Denver Broncos 12 Oakland Raiders 15: This has the potential to be a boring game. Both of these teams are heading in the wrong direction. Denver will be starting Paxton Lynch at quarterback and this will be their third different starting quarterback this season. Oakland's offense looked lost last week against the Patriots. The Raiders will have a new defensive coordinator and the Broncos will have a new offensive coordinator.

Green Bay Packers 0 Pittsburgh Steelers 35: Brett Hundley continues to perform awful for the Packers without Aaron Rodgers. The Packers blew their shot last week and they may not make it to the playoffs now. The Steelers defense should have a field day and the Steelers offense will destroy a bad Packers defense.

Houston Texans 10 Baltimore Ravens 24: It wouldn't surprise me if the Ravens were to pick up their fourth shutout of the year defensively on Monday Night against the Texans. Tom Savage has found a groove recently, the but the Ravens defense is a different animal. Alex Collins is becoming a work horse in the backfield for the Ravens.