NFL Week 12 picks

11/24/13 in NFL   |   jakeryanbrown   |   28 respect

Nov 17, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) looks to pass against the Chicago Bears during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY SportsJets (5-5) @ Ravens (4-6)
The Jets pattern of winning one week and losing the next continued last week when they were trounced by the Bills.  They are hoping that the pattern continues, at least for this week’s game, when they head to Baltimore to take on the 4-6 Ravens.  Both teams could be tied if the Jets fall and make things very interesting in the battle for the sixth seed in the AFC.  Geno Smith was abysmal last week and I don’t see him making major strides in what should be a cold one in Baltimore.  The Ravens don’t lose at home very often and they will make this AFC playoff race insane when it is all said and done today. 

Steelers (4-6) @ Brown (4-6)
The Steelers have returned to relevancy after an 0-4 start to the season.  They are now 4-6 and take on the fellow 4-6 Browns in Cleveland.  One of these teams is going to come out Sunday at 5-6 and with a brand new season.  The other will likely be done.  You have to go with Big Ben in a big-time game like this.  The Steelers veteran QB is playing incredible football since they have turned it around and that trend will continue in Cleveland against a Browns team that nobody expected to be in the same sentence as playoffs.  The Steelers comeback continues in a close one. 
Panthers (7-3) @ Dolphins (5-5) Nov 18, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) looks to pass in the third quarter. The Panthers defeated the Patriots 24-20 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
The Panthers told the world Monday night that they need to be taken seriously.  Despite a controversial ending, the Panthers held on to win and improve to 7-3, but they can’t look ahead against a Dolphins team that is very much in the AFC playoff picture.  Carolina’s defense has been the best in the NFL allowing just 13.5 points per game and look for Ryan Tannehill to have a long day in South Beach.  Cam Newton has been playing the best football in his career and he will get the Panthers to six straight wins for the first time since 2003.
Bears (6-4) @ Rams (4-6)
It’s the battle of the backup quarterbacks in St. Louis as Josh McCown takes on Kellen Clemens.  McCown has been lightening in a bottle for the Bears since taking over for the injured Jay Cutler and has kept the Bears in the tight playoff race in the NFC.  He has held down the fort along with Matt Forte in Chicago and a trip to St. Louis won’t stop them.  Clemens has not been very good, but has the Rams hanging around for now.  The Bears will bring the heat to Clemens and a couple of turnovers will be the difference in this one as the Bears get their seventh win. 
Bucs (2-8) @ Lions (6-4)
The Lions roll in this one.
Vikings (2-8) @ Packers (5-5)
Christian Ponder takes on Scott Tolzien in an awful quarterback battle at Lambeau.  The Packers are in desperate need of a victory and they should get it at home.  They are out of the playoff race without Aaron Rodgers and will have a tough time getting in, but a win this week is a must if they want a shot. 
Jaguars (1-9) @ Texans (2-8)
It’s the battle for the first pick in the draft in Houston.  There are inept quarterbacks all over the place in this game.  The Texans will pull out a tight one. 
Chargers (4-6) @ Chiefs (9-1)
The Chiefs are coming off their first loss of the season to the Broncos last week.  They can’t look ahead to the rematch next week because the Chargers are still trying to make things interesting in their playoff hunt.  The Chiefs defense is too good for Phillip Rivers and company right now and they will blitz him all day long in Kansas City.  Expect the Chiefs to go toe to toe with the Broncos for that AFC West title and get back in the winning column at home.
4:00 GAMES:
Nov 14, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) passes against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY SportsColts (7-3) @ Cardinals (6-4)
The Cardinals have fallen under the radar all season and Bruce Arians deserves a lot of credit.  Arians will now have an emotional matchup in Arizona when he takes on the team he took over as head coach for last season.  He knows the playbook and he knows the guys in the locker room.  With that being said, they won’t be able to stop Andrew Luck.  Carson Palmer has played well lately for Arizona, but he is due for a bad performance.  Expect the Colts to improve to 8-3 on the year with a grind-it-out win in Arizona. 

Titans (4-6) @ Raiders (4-6)
Both these teams are alive for a playoff spot, but nobody expects either to get in with the backup quarterbacks going at it.  Ryan Fitzpatrick will take on Matthew McGloin, who had an impressive performance last week taking over for Terrelle Pryor.  “Fitzmagic” gets the edge in this one as he makes a big throw late to keep the Titans hopes alive and end the Raiders. 
Cowboys (5-5) @ Giants (4-6)
After a 0-6 start, the Giants have been circling this game against the Broncos for a while and it has finally arrived.  With four straight wins, Big Blue is very much alive in the NFC East.  Any hope of the playoffs starts with a win at home against the Cowboys, whose defense has been absolutely atrocious on all levels.  They come into this game banged up and won’t be ready to stop Eli Manning and Andre Brown.  The Giants miraculous comeback stays alive this week against Tony Romo and company.  By the way, it’s time for Jerry Jones to keep his mouth shut. 

Sunday Night Football:
Broncos (9-1) @ Patriots (7-3) Nov 18, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks to pass in the fourth quarter. The Panthers defeated the Patriots 24-20 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

It’s the game of the week in Foxboro as we get to watch another battle between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.  It’s one of the best rivalries between two all-time great quarterbacks that we will ever see and it should be an absolute shootout in freezing temperatures in New England.  The Patriots are 23-3 since 2008 following a loss and they will keep that trend going.  Manning has struggled in cold weather games throughout his career and this will be the coldest of the season so far.  Expect the Patriots to come out firing after they got the brutal end of what was one of the worst calls in NFL history last week.  They win this primetime matchup in the final seconds. 
Monday Night Football:
49ers (6-4) @ Redskins (3-7)

The Redskins have been hard to watch this season with the potential that they have on offense.  Robert Griffin III is calling people out and things have gotten ugly in the nation’s capitol.  The 49ers need a win and they will come in and get it because of the Redskins inept defense this season.  Collin Kaepernick is due for a big performance and this will be the game he finally gets in.  The 49ers improve to 7-4 with a win by a touchdown. 
49ERS BY 7
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