Week 12 NFL Picks!
Week 12 of the 2012 NFL Season will kick off on Thursday, November 22nd, with 3 Thanksgiving Holiday games on the schedule. There were a few surprises in Week 11, but overall games came out the way I expected. I was 10-3 on straight across the board picks last week. Let's get right to my picks for Week 12.
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 22nd
The Houston Texans at the Detriot Lions
The Houston Texans are 9-1 and hold the best record in the AFC. They beat Jacksonville in overtime last week 43-37, which does not speak highly of thier once respected defense. Their defense still manages to be ranked 3rd in points allowed at 18 and their offense rolls up 29.3 points per game, which also ranks them 3rd. The Detroit Lions on the other hand are 4-6 and lost last week to Green Bay 24-20. Their offense scores 23.6 points per game is ranked #1 in passing yards at 301.8 per game. Their defense gives up 24.6 points per game, which ranks them 23rd. The Lions are so unpredictable. Everyone knows they can put up a ton of points on a given day. The Texans are favored by 3.5. The Lions are playing at home on Thanksgiving Day so I am going to pick them in my upset of the week. I like the Lions 23-20.
The Washington Redskins at the Dallas Cowboys
The Washington Redskins are 4-6 on the season. They beat NFC East division rival Philadelphia 31-6 last week. Their offense has scored 25.7 points per game. They are second in rushing yards with 165 per game. The problem is their defense allows 25.4 points per game. The Dallas Cowboys are 5-5 and trying hard once again to put together a winning season. They barely survived Cleveland in overtime last week 23-20. Offensively they are only scoring 21.1 points per game and defensively they are giving up 22.4. The Cowboys have been average at best and are very unpredictable as well. The Cowboys are favored by 3 at home. This is the first of their two games this year; the final game coming in Week 17 at Washington. I like the Redskins in this game 20-16.
The New England Patriots at the New York Jets
The New England Patriots are 7-3 and are in first place in the AFC East. They destroyed the Colts 59-24 last week. The Patriots are #1 in points scored putting up 35.8 per game. Their defense gives up 22.5. The New York Jets are 4-6 and coming off a surprise win against the Rams last week 27-13. Their offense has been eratic scoring only 20.2 points per game and their defense has given up 24.1. The Patriots are favored by 7 points and should score more. I like the Patriots 32-17.
Sunday, November 24th
The Green Bay Packers at the New York Giants
The Green Bay Packers are 7-3 after a terrible start of the season and came back to beat the Lions 24-20 last week. Their offense has scored 26.3 points per game and their defense has given up 20.7. The New York Giants are 6-4 and lost their last game to the Bengals 31-13, which followed a loss to the Steelers. The Giants have scored 26.7 points per game and their defense has given up 21.6. The Giants are favored by 3 at home. I think the Packers have to bounce back after two losses to stay in the hunt for the NFC East so I like the Giants in this one 25-22.
In other games in Week 12 I like the:
Bengals over the Raiders
Bills over the Colts
Broncos over the Chiefs
Jaquars over the Titans
Bears over the Vikings
Falcons over the Buccaneers
Seahawks over the Dolphins
Steelers over the Browns
Chargers over the Ravens
Saints over the 49ers
Rams over the Cardinals
Panthers over the Eagles
These are picks you can take to the bank. Until we meet again may your betting be better and remember to always be a good sport.