Week 12 NFL picks straight up: Seahawks beat Panthers; Steelers escape Broncos | NFL


This area was initially reserved to counter the cynics and naysayers who claimed that after the Monday evening Rams-Chiefs unprecedented shootout, the video-game, scoreboard-short-circuiting period of the NFL was upon us, 54-51 video games have been about to turn out to be the norm, and protection would go the way in which of leather-based helmets.

Nonsense, the counter-argument was going to be, there aren’t that many quarterbacks or offenses (or each) able to piling up numbers like that. For goodness sake, Blake Bortles is going through Josh Allen this week, and one workforce is pondering a selection between Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jameis Winston.

Then got here a greater have a look at the Week 12 video games.

There’s Tom Brady, and Ben Roethlisberger, and Philip Rivers, and Andrew Luck, and Aaron Rodgers, and Kirk Cousins, and Russell Wilson, and Cam Newton, and Deshaun Watson. That’s simply Sunday and Monday — Drew Brees and Matt Ryan face one another Thanksgiving evening. Wilson and Newton play one another this weekend, as do Rodgers and Cousins. And regardless that Allen was the butt of an above joke, he’s considered one of presumably 5 rookie first-round picks beginning this week (if Sam Darnold is wholesome).

So, the cynics and naysayers may need a degree.

Week 12 NFL picks towards the unfold

Week 12 NFL picks, predictions

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New England Patriots (7-3) at New York Jets (3-7)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

Each groups come off their bye … however the Patriots come again with Brady and Rob Gronkowski rested, whereas the Jets could or could not have Darnold again. This collection will get far more feisty than one this lopsided ought to, so since each groups are headed in reverse instructions, it will most likely be uncomfortably shut. Within the Patriots’ favor (as in the event that they want the motivation): The Chiefs took a step again towards them Monday, and the Patriots have the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Prediction: Patriots, 23-20

Seattle Seahawks (5-5) at Carolina Panthers (6-4)

Sunday, 1 p.m., Fox

That is about the place the Seahawks have been anticipated to be of their transition, however they wouldn’t even be right here if Wilson weren’t enjoying the way in which he’s. That was on show in an important NFC playoff-contender showdown with the Packers final week. The Panthers and Cam Newton ought to really feel high-quality with going for the win final week in Detroit; they need to really feel much less good a few protection that’s extraordinarily unusual this season, significantly final week towards a flailing Lions workforce.

Prediction: Seahawks, 30-26

New York Giants (3-7) at Philadelphia Eagles (4-6)

Sunday, 1 p.m., Fox

If the Giants are actually again, that is how they will show it, and towards whom they will show it. The Eagles are on the ropes and in place for a knockout punch. Whether or not the Giants and their out of the blue woke up offense — they’re defending Eli Manning method higher now, lastly — can do it’s one other story. Odd how the complaints about Odell Beckham being poisonous and a distraction have dropped dramatically throughout their two-game win streak. The Eagles are able to placing super strain on Manning and protecting for his or her different defensive weaknesses. That is the week for them to understand it.

Prediction: Eagles, 28-20

Cleveland Browns (3-6-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (5-5)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

The Browns don’t hit the bye week on a excessive fairly often, they usually have a window to harness that constructive vitality this week. Their AFC North, intra-state rival has now wasted a 4-1 begin that had the Bengals trying again on the Steelers, they usually simply misplaced to a cellular rookie in his first NFL begin. The Bengals’ beleaguered protection couldn’t deal with Lamar Jackson, so it stands to cause that Baker Mayfield will give them suits. There are probabilities at wins down the stretch for the Browns, and that is their first.

Prediction: Browns, 27-22

San Francisco 49ers (2-8) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-8)

Sunday, 1 p.m., Fox

The Buccaneers’ video games are beginning to all look the identical, regardless of who’s at quarterback, so the reported swap again to Jameis Winston is probably going irrelevant. The Bucs lead the NFL in interceptions by a large margin (23, seven greater than another workforce). The 49ers are going via rising pains, however their two video games earlier than their bye gave them one thing on which to construct. Kyle Shanahan vs. Dirk Koetter could be the mismatch that decides this greater than another.

Prediction: 49ers, 33-24

Jacksonville Jaguars (3-7) at Buffalo Payments (3-7)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

The Payments get their franchise quarterback again in Josh Allen after 4 video games out. He received’t get the break Matt Barkley had of their pre-bye sport — as a substitute of the Jets, he faces the Jaguars’ protection. The Jaguars’ offense nonetheless has to beat its personal quarterback, Blake Bortles, who was not trusted by his play-callers to carry a 16-Zero lead on the Steelers. Each groups have forfeited the luxurious of trying on the different as “beatable.”

Prediction: Jaguars, 20-10

Oakland Raiders (2-8) at Baltimore Ravens (5-5)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

The Ravens’ protection is in place to douse the temporary euphoria of final week’s success by the Raiders and Derek Carr towards the Cardinals. Paradoxically, that protection bought a lift from Lamar Jackson and the remainder of the speeding sport of their win over Cincinnati, and if the Raiders aren’t any higher at navigating what Jackson can do than the Bengals have been, then the Raiders can be in huge bother. The Ravens don’t have any extra margin for error within the division and wild-card races.

Prediction: Ravens, 26-20

Arizona Cardinals (2-8) at Los Angeles Chargers (7-3)

Sunday, 4:05 p.m., Fox

Keenan Allen caught warmth for not correctly giving the Broncos credit score for his or her win over the Chargers final week, but he had a degree: It was solely the second time this season the Chargers misplaced within the turnover margin, they usually dropped each video games. Philip Rivers’ touchdown-to-interception ratio going into the sport was 21:4, however he threw two final week. All of that to say that towards the Cardinals, the Chargers ought to simply make sure to not beat themselves.

Prediction: Chargers, 31-16

Pittsburgh Steelers (7-2-1) at Denver Broncos (4-6)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS

The Broncos’ win over the Chargers was their sixth sport this season determined by 4 factors or fewer, they usually’re 3-3. For all their faults, they’ve a shot in shut video games, so issues are fairly easy towards the Steelers. Pittsburgh clearly wanted a wake-up name, and the Jaguars supplied it, but the Steelers nonetheless survived it. They should keep away this week, too.

Prediction: Steelers, 27-25

Miami Dolphins (5-5) at Indianapolis Colts (5-5)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS

These don’t appear to be groups with equivalent data; the Colts have gotten their acts collectively in a rush, on each side of the ball, and the Dolphins’ 3-Zero begin has been confirmed to be a whole mirage. It nonetheless seems like Brock Osweiler at quarterback this week. The one comeback competing with Andrew Luck’s as probably the most spectacular within the NFL is that of the Colts’ offensive line, which had been atrocious for years. None of that bodes effectively for the disappearing Dolphins.

Prediction: Colts, 34-16

Inexperienced Bay Packers (4-5-1) at Minnesota Vikings (5-4-1)

Sunday, 8:20 p.m., NBC

It is a rematch of the Week 2 tie that, for a number of causes (terrible kicking, the tacky Clay Matthews roughing-the-passer flag), shouldn’t have been a tie. That sport now serves as a reminder of how common and underwhelming each groups have been regardless of two of the higher-profile (and well-paid) quarterbacks within the league. The loser will begin to lose sight of playoff rivalry getting into December, so there’s loads on the road.

Prediction: Packers, 24-22

Tennessee Titans (5-5) at Houston Texans (7-3)

Monday, 8:15 p.m., ESPN

It received’t be the anti-Rams-Chiefs sport that many predicted, partly tongue-in-cheek. The Texans, on a seven-game profitable streak, are able to placing up numbers, even on a strong protection like that of Tennessee. DeAndre Hopkins shouldn’t be neglected when All-Professional picks are made, they usually’re going to get loads out of Demaryiuis Thomas earlier than season’s finish. Marcus Mariota’s availability was nonetheless in query at midweek. If something deflates the probability of a score-a-palooza, it’s that.

Prediction: Texans, 30-21

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