AFC Editor Matt Loede’s NFL Picks For Week Twelve

Last Week: 10-6
Season: 91-55

Thursday:

Green Bay at Detroit – Last season the Lions knocked out Aaron Rodgers in a 7-3 win at Ford Field. Won’t happen this time around, as the Lions are 7-3, but not in the same class as the unbeaten Packers, who are 10-0 for the third time in franchise history. Look for Detroit to hang around till late in the third, but Rodgers and the Packers offense will do more than enough for pull out a win. Green Bay 31 Detroit 20

Miami at Dallas – A rematch of the famous Leon Lett Thanksgiving blunder game from 1993. The Fins are hot, starting out losers of their first 7 and now winning three in a row. The Cowboys though seem to be on a trek to get to the postseason, and despite Miami playing better, it will be Tony Romo and the Cowboys offense shining enough to get this Turkey Day win. Dallas 27 Miami 14

San Francisco at Baltimore – A great matchup of two brothers coaching against each other for the first time. Not a bad couple of teams playing either, as the Niners have overshadowed every experts expectations this season. The Ravens though cannot afford a hiccup as the Steelers are also playing well, and Joe Flacco at home will do enough for the Birds to walk away with a big win to get to 8-3. Baltimore 17 San Francisco 13

Sunday:

Minnesota at Atlanta – Last week the Falcons got back on track, getting back to smash mouth against the Titans at home. Now they take on a Vikings team that is simply playing for pride at 2-8. Look for Michael Turner and the Falcons O-line to dominate, and Matt Ryan and his WR’s will put up enough points to beat a banged up Adrian Peterson and the Vikings. Atlanta 24 Minnesota 14

Carolina at Indianapolis – Cam Newton and the Panthers should finally be able to show off their offense against the very bad Colts club that is 0-10. Curtis Painter will start for the Colts, but it won’t matter, Newton and the Panthers roll for their 3rd win of the 2011 campaign. Carolina 27 Indianapolis 10

Tampa Bay at Tennessee – What has happened to the Bucs? They have fallen on hard times, and now they head to Tennessee, playing a Titans team that was beat up pretty good by the Falcons a week ago. Matt Hasselbeck will look to pick apart the Bucs secondary, but it will be Chris Johnson leading the way on the ground for the 5-5 Titans, who with the win will get to 6-5. Tennessee 19 Tampa Bay 13

Houston at Jacksonville – It’s up to Matt Leinart to try and take the Texans where they have never gone before – the postseason. The year is over for Matt Schaub, and there’s panic for the 7-3 Texans, who now have to play a Jags team coming off a last second loss in Cleveland. The Jags need to use Maurice Jones-Drew more, as he was a non-factor late in the 14-10 loss to the Browns. Look for the Jags defense to confuse Leniart, and for the Jags to pull out an upset over the shell shocked Texans. Jacksonville 14 Houston 13

Arizona at St.Louis – A game not many will have much of an interest in, as the Cardinals last week had little offense against the 49ers in a loss. They play a Rams team that was beat up bad by the Seahawks at home. Both teams are struggling, but someone needs to win, so here’s a vote for the 3-7 Cards to use Larry Fitzgerald enough to get a win. Arizona 17 St.Louis 10

Buffalo at New York Jets – The Bills have gone from a team poised to make a serious AFC run to one that now looks like they can’t get out of their own way. They have been beat up on all sides of the ball the past few weeks, and now they play a Jets team not happy about their recent loss to the Broncos. Look for the Jets defense to stop Ryan Fitzpatrick, and the Jets to stop their two-game losing streak and get to 6-5. New York Jets 23 Buffalo 14

Cleveland at Cincinnati – A win on opening day set up what’s been a successful season for the 6-4 Bengals, who play a Browns team that held on for a huge 14-10 win over the Jags at home last week. The Bengals have lost two in a row, but won’t need to score that much to beat the Browns, who still have yet to score a TD in quarter one. Look for Andy Dalton and company to have a good day against a Browns team still searching. Cincinnati 27 Cleveland 10

Washington at Seattle – Last week the Hawks actually showed up in St.Louis, and the Hawks wound up with a big win. Now they open a three-game homestand against the Redskins, who were just wide on an OT win over the Cowboys last week. The Hawks do play better at home, as they showed two weeks back in the win over the Ravens. Look for Tarvaris Jackson and the Seattle offense to again have success in sending the Skins to their 7th straight loss. Seattle 20 Washington 16

Chicago at Oakland – The Bears were dealt a big blow Sunday when QB Jay Cutler broke his thumb, and now it’s up to Caleb Hannie, who tried to lead the Bears back in last January’s NFC Title game. The Raiders are in control in the AFC West, and will face a tough test as it will be on the Bears D to try to get to Carson Palmer and slow down the Raiders O. Just like the Texans, the Bears will be a bit shell shocked in their first game without Cutler. Oakland 16 Chicago 10

New England at Philadelphia – It took the Pats awhile to get going on Monday night, but once they did, they rolled over the Chiefs. Now they head to Philly, to play an Eagles team that won a huge game against the Giants a week ago. New England will have to control the game with their offense, and look for Brady and the offense to have a good game vs a Philly D that played over their heads a week ago. New England 31 Philadelphia 14

Denver at San Diego – Tim Tebow and the Broncos are riding high, and now nothing is standing in his way with Kyle Orton in KC. Tebow and the Broncos are playing with confidence, and against the Chargers, they will run, run, and run some more. Look for Tebow to have a big day on the ground, and the Bolts to suffer their 6th straight loss to fall to 4-7, and for Norv Turner to be out of a job soon. Denver 22 San Diego 20

Pittsburgh at Kansas City – The Chiefs got a boost Wednesday when they grabbed Kyle Orton off the waiver wire, but early indications are he will not play in this game, leaving Tyler Palko to face a Steelers team that is getting healthy, and playing good football. Ben Roethlisberger is playing at a Pro Bowl level, and the black and gold are ready to make a run for another Super Bowl, and they can’t afford to let a game like this slip away. Look for Roethlisberger and the Steelers to beat up Palko and the Steelers to get to 8-3. Pittsburgh 27 Kansas City 10

Monday:

New York Giants at New Orleans – A great finish to week 12, two teams that are eyeing playing past January 1st. The Saints at home are a different group, and Drew Brees seems to step him game up at the SuperDome. The Giants last week lost a big home game to the average Eagles, and the hangover will continue this week, as Eli Manning and the Giants won’t match point for point the playoff bound Saints. New Orleans 34 New York Giants 17


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