The Sport Report NFL Predictions: Week 12


*Too bad I didn’t get a chance to post my thanksgiving picks, I went 3-0*

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Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets

Score: Jets 23 – Bills 17

Spread: Bills (-7.5)

Note – Jets need a win here more then ever if they are going to make a run at the wildcard. As for the Bills there is still life but this is the last chance to pull it together. I see the Jets D being the factor in this game that brings the Jets a W.

 Houston Texans @ Jacksonville Jaguars 

Score: Texans 27 – Jaguars 13

Spread: Texans (-3.5)

Note – Matt Leinart begins his reign for the Texans against the Jaguars. A good enough defense to say this is a decent test. Leinart will be fine in my opinion and eventually clinch the division for the Texans. The Jaguars under utilize MJD (arguably there best player), and Gabbert hasn’t been aggressive at all. I see this as an easy win for the Texans, giving the ground game should pick up Leinart.

 

Minnesota Vikings @ Atlanta Falcons

Score: Falcons 31 – Vikings 17

Spread:  Falcons (-8.5)

Note –  The Vikings will be without AP which should define the game quick. No running game = predictable passing game. The Falcons should easily win this game given also that Julio is back.

Cleveland Browns @ Cincinnati Bengals 

Score: Browns 23 – Bengals 20

Spread: Browns (+7.5)

Note – I think this could be a trap game for the Bengals. The Browns although rather boring, tend to keep games close and competitive. While Dalton has looked good, he is prone to mistakes which I believe will cost the Bengals the game.

 Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Tennessee Titans

Score: Buccaneers 24 – Titans 23

Spread: Bucs (+2.5)

Note – Both teams need a win desperately here, and I believe it will come down to the 4th quarter. I’ll give the edge to Josh Freeman, who will add another 4th quarter victory to his stats.

Carolina Panthers @ Indianapolis Colts

Score: Panthers 34 – Colts 13

Spread: Panthers (-3.5)

Note – Should be a blowout here and a day for Cam Newton to have enough highlights to make movie.

 Arizona Cardinals @ St. Louis Rams

Score: Cardinals 20 – Rams 17

Spread: Cardinals (+2.5)

Note – Skelton gets the nod again after his poor performance last week. He has seen the Rams before and seemed to have figured them out in the 4th. I expect a close game but the edge going to the Cardinals and Patrick Peterson.

Chicago Bears @ Oakland Raiders 

Score: Bears 25 – Raiders 23

Spread: Bears (+4.5)

Note – Although Hanie is now in for Jay Cutler, I still think the Bears are a good team. If Hanie can limit his turnovers, they should be fine. The defense will be a headache for Carson and ultimately help take down the Raiders.

New England Patriots @ Philadelphia Eagles

Score: Eagles 30 – Patriots 23

Spread: Eagles (+4.5)

Note – The Eagles have a good shot here being that the Patriots defense is one of the worst. If the Eagles can get strong linebacker, I think they can stop Brady enough to win. As long as they watched what the Chiefs did to Brady early, they can build off that.

Washington Redskins @ Seattle Seahawks  

Score: Seahawks 27 – Redskins 19

Spread: Seahawks (-4.5)

Note – I like the Hawks at Quest field in this one. They are certainly coming together as of late and are either winning or keeping it close. As for the Skins although they battled last week, I’m not sure they will keep that up given Grossman’s track record.

Denver Broncos @ San Diego Chargers  

Score: Chargers 35 – Broncos 23

Spread: Chargers (-3.5)

Note – Chargers need a win more then ever. They will face off against Tebow who is 4-1 as a starter this year. They need to pressure Tebow and make him throw, throw throw. Let his arm beat you, not his feet. The Chargers will get a big game from Rivers, who I believe is due.

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Kansas City Chiefs

Score: Steelers 37 – Chiefs 10

Spread: Steelers (-9.5)

Note – This should be utter domination, with known reasons why.

New York Giants @ New Orleans Saints

Score: Saints 34 – Giants 23

Spread: Saints (-6.5)

Note – I think Jimmy Graham is in for a huge night, he will be the X Factor in this game. I think the Saints offense presents problems for the Gians lb’s and rather weak depth at cornerback. 

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