Saturday, November 27, 2004

NFL: Week 12 Picks

Earlier this week, I projected the Thanksgiving games. I went 2-0, accurately predicting Indianapolis over Detroit and Dallas over Chicago.

Now, I'll pick the remaining 13 games of Week 12.

Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals... Cincinnati
Cleveland is 0-4 on the road this season. In my mind, that's all that separates these mediocre teams.

San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs... San Diego
San Diego must win to keep pace with Denver in the AFC West. I'm surprised as anybody that Marty Schottenheimer has gotten this team into contention. Kansas City plays better at home, but they lack the secondary to stop Drew Brees.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Minnesota Vikings... Minnesota
Randy Moss remains questionable for this game. Getting him back is key to Minnesota making the playoffs. Fortunately, even without Moss the Jags offensive situation is uncertain. Minnesota typically plays well at home.

Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants... Philadelphia
Until the Eagles falter, I'm convinced this is a 14-2 or 15-1 football team.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers... Tampa Bay
Tampa seems to be back on track. Their schedule is looking very favorable. If they can get to 9-7 from their current 4-6 record, they could be a playoff team.

Tennesee Titans at Houston Texans... Houston
Have I mentioned how much I hate the AFC South?

New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons... Atlanta
The Saints are plain awful. Vick should have a field day.

Miami Dolphins at San Francisco 49ers... San Francisco
Please don't make me comment. I'm sticking with my pledge to abstain from picking Miami to win another game this season.

Buffalo Bills at Seattle Seahawks... Seattle
Seattle survived their big scare last week versus Miami. Buffalo has yet to win a road game this season. Look for either Hasselbeck or Dilfer to have enough to win.

Washington Redskins at Pittsurgh Steelers... Pittsburgh
The Steelers are getting healthier at the RB position with Duce Staley returning. The Skins are so inept offensively that I can't validate picking them to win a game.

New York Jets at Arizona Cardinals... Jets
For some reason, I'm not confident enough to pick Arizona. The Jets impressed me last week by taking care of business on the road in Cleveland.

Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots... New England
Without a healthy Jamal Lewis running the football, second-year QB Kyle Boller can't generate enough offense to win. Considering New England's won 16 straight at home, they're a fairly safe bet.

Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos... Denver
The Raiders don't have much left in their tank. Droughns for Denver is having a very good season running the football. Despite Denver's tendency to be inconsistent, they have enough to move to 8-3 in the AFC.

St. Louis Rams at Green Bay Packers.. Green Bay
There are too different Rams teams. The team that plays at home in St. Louis is a fairly reliable pick. On the road, especially in cold conditions, they're almost impossible to predict. If Ahman Green gets healthy by gametime, this is the type of situation where he should excel.


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