My winning ways continued last week as I picked the winners in 10 out of 15 games correctly.
There were 3 games which took place this past Thursday (on Thanksgiving Day) and since I did not get my picks done on time I will have to skip those games for Week 13. Below are my picks for this week.
San Francisco at Buffalo
San Francisco are 3-8 overall after losing to Dallas last week 35-22 while Buffalo come in with a 6-5 record after beating Kansas City last week in a shootout 54-31. I think Trent Edwards will have another decent game throwing the ball this week and Lee Evans will get another 100 yard receiving game this week.
My Pick: Buffalo
Baltimore at Cincinnati
Baltimore are 7-4 overall after defeating Philadelphia 36-7 last week while Cincinnati are 1-9-1 overall after losing to Pittsburgh 27-10 last Sunday. The Bengals have the lowest ranked offense in the NFL at the moment and they will have a tough time putting points on the board against the Ravens. The Bengals also have 16 players on season-ending IR so they won’t come close in this one.
My Pick: Baltimore
Tampa at New Orleans
Tampa are 8-3 overall and tied with the Carolina Panthers for the NFC South Division lead, they have also won 4 out of their last 5 games after beating Detroit last week 38-20 while New Orleans are in last place in the division but have a 6-5 record after beating Green Bay last Monday night 51-29. This will be a close hard fought game, I like the Saints at home by less than a touchdown, 23-17 or something like that.
My Pick: New Orleans
N.Y. Giants at Washington
These two teams last played on opening day of the NFL and the Giants dominated the Redskins but Washington have looked much better since that first game. New York are 10-1 overall coming into this game and have won 6 straight games including last weeks 37-29 win over Arizona. Washington are 7-5 overall after winning in Seattle last week 20-17. I think the Giants are the best team in the NFL at the moment and so I think they win this game.
My Pick: N.Y. Giants
Miami at St. Louis
Miami are 6-5 overall but were beaten by New England 48-28 last week while St. Louis have a 2-9 record and have lost 5 straight games, Chicago killed them last week 27-3. I think Miami will rush for over 200 total yards in this game and win by at least 3 touchdowns on the road. Miami need this win to keep playoff hopes alive.
My Pick: Miami
Indianapolis at Cleveland
Indy come in with a 7-4 record and they have won 4 straight games while Cleveland are 4-7 overall after losing 16-6 to the Houston Texans last week. Everyone has been saying the Colts are just starting to get warmed up, and I agree as they have beaten some good teams their past few games including San Diego, Pittsburgh, and New England. The Colts will win.
My Pick: Indianapolis
Carolina at Green Bay
Carolina are 8-3 overall but lost to Atlanta last week 45-28 while Green Bay are 5-6 overall after losing to New Orleans last week 51-29 on Monday night. The Packers desperately need to win this game and I give them the edge at home, I think Aaron Rodgers will have a big game passing the ball and lead the Pack to a 3 point win.
My Pick: Green Bay
Atlanta at San Diego
Atlanta are 7-4 overall after beating Carolina 45-28 last week and San Diego are 4-7 after losing a close one at home 23-20 last week against Indianapolis. I like the Falcons to win in a high scoring yet close game. San Diego have not been running the ball as consistently as they used to and I think Atlanta’s exciting offense will be able to do what it takes to win.
My Pick: Atlanta
Denver at N.Y. Jets
Denver are leading the AFC West with 6-5 record but were beaten last week by the lowly Oakland Raiders 31-10 while the Jets are 8-3 overall and have won their last 5 games including last weeks huge 34-13 win against Tennessee. The Jets have been hot, they have Brett Favre, they are at home, and Denver’s secondary has not been playing well.
My Pick: N.Y. Jets
Pittsburgh at New England
Pittsburgh come in with an 8-3 overall record and they have won their past 2 games including last weeks 27-10 win over the Bengals while New England are 7-4 overall after getting a big win over Miami last week by a score of 48-28. This should be a great game, I’ll definitely be cheering for the Pats and I know they can win this game. I hope that they will, but I know that they can. The Steelers last 2 wins have come against the lowly Bengals and then they got a 1 point win at home against San Diego the week before, I think New England will be a much bigger challenge and they will win a close one at home.
My Pick: New England
Kansas City at Oakland
Two bad teams go at it in this game. Kansas City are 1-10 overall and have lost their last 7 games while Oakland are 3-8 but got a 31-10 surprise win against Denver last week. I think Oakland will win this game pretty easily actually, I think they will run all over the Chiefs behind Justin Fargas and Darren McFadden while the Chiefs will make too many mistakes on offense.
My Pick: Oakland
Chicago at Minnesota
This is a HUGE game for both teams as they both come in with 6-5 records and are at the top of the NFC North. I will be rooting for the Bears but I can see it going either way. I’ll give Minnesota the edge at home with Adrian Peterson having a decent game, I predict they win by a field goal in overtime.
My Pick: Minnesota
Jacksonville at Houston
Jacksonville come in with a 4-7 record overall after getting clobbered by Minnesota 30-12 last week and Houston are also 4-7 and got a win last week over Cleveland 16-6. Houston’s offense is fun to watch with Steve Slaton running the ball and Andre Johnson is probably the NFL’s most underrated receiver. I think Houston wins by a field goal at home.
My Pick: Houston
Week 1 – 8 correct and 7 incorrect. (15 games)
Week 2 – 9 correct and 6 incorrect. (15 games)
Week 3 – 9 correct and 7 incorrect. (16 games)
Week 4 – 5 correct and 8 incorrect. (13 games)
Week 5 – 9 correct and 5 incorrect. (14 games)
Week 6 – 8 correct and 6 incorrect. (14 games)
Week 7 – 10 correct and 4 incorrect. (14 games)
Week 8 – Did not make picks.
Week 9 – Did not make picks.
Week 10 – 13 correct and 1 incorrect. (14 games)
Week 11 – 11 correct and 4 incorrect. (15 games)
Week 12 – 10 correct and 5 incorrect. (15 games)
My overall record after 12 weeks: 92-53