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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NFLWEEK 12 PICKS RECAP

Not a bad week, but it could have been a lot better. The Texans surprised me by failing to beat the Bengals in Houston and the Cardinals disappointed in Seattle. With the bye weeks over, we return to a full 16 game schedule for next week’s games.

Last Week:    10 - 5        .667
Overall:     113 - 63 - 1   .641

Kansas City (7 - 3) 19 @ Oakland (0 - 10) 24:  Correct. This one got the picks off to a great start. I’m also in a point spread pool and I jumped out to a lead on the entire field and never looked back, clinching the week before the Monday night games ever started.  Oakland 24 - 20.

Cleveland (6 - 4) 27 @ Atlanta (4 - 6) 24: Correct. The Browns stayed in contention in the AFC North. The crazy thing is that Atlanta remained in the lead in the NFC South. Unbelievable.  Cleveland 26 - 24.

Tennessee (2 - 8) 20 @ Philadelphia (7 - 3) 30: Correct. The Eagles head into a Thanksgiving Day game in Dallas with some renewed momentum. The Titans are going to be hard-pressed to find any silver linings to this season. Philadelphia 43 - 24.

Detroit (7 - 3) 24 @ New England (8 - 2) 33: Correct. The Patriots are on fire as they prepare to invade Green Bay for a night game in Lambeau. Something will have to give, as the Packers have been hot at home. The Lions need to find a way to generate some offense. New England 34 - 9.

Green Bay (7 - 3) 24 @ Minnesota (4 - 6) 20: Correct. I pretty much called this one on the button. The Packers scored their average for a road game and it was just enough to hld off Minnesota. They’ll probably need more than 24 to defeat the Patriots.  Green Bay 24 - 21.

Jacksonville (1 - 9) 17 @ Indianapolis (6 - 4) 34: Correct. I expected a lot more points from the Colts, but their defense stepped up keep the punchless Jags in check.  Indianapolis 23 - 3.

Cincinnati (6 - 3 - 1) 21 @ Houston (5 - 5) 27: No. The Mallet era didn’t last too long, with the former Razorback sustaining an injury in the loss to the inconsistent Bengals, who needed the win to keep pace in the incredibly competitive AFC North.  Cincinnati 22 - 13.

Tampa Bay (2 - 8) 17 @ Chicago (4 - 6) 30: Correct. The Bears looked pretty good, but they were playing a bad team. Next up they travel to Detroit for the early Thanksgiving Day game. Chicago 21 - 13.

Arizona (9 - 1) 23 @ Seattle (6 - 4) 20: No. I guess the Cardinals were due to have a bad game, or maybe it was time for the Seahawks to kick it in gear to make a playoff run. Seattle  19 - 3.

St. Louis (4 - 6) 24 @ San Diego (6 - 4) 23: No. I guess I should have stuck with my analysis instead of my gut. San Diego 27 -24.

Miami (6 - 4) 16 @ Denver (7 - 3) 28: Correct.  Denver’s still having some problems. mainly due to injuries. I’m not sure a good Miami team can get a playoff spot. Denver 39 - 36.

Washington (3 - 7) 27 @ San Francisco (6 - 4) 24: No. A friend of mine suggested that the weekend had a conspiracy theory feel to it, but not the way I predicted. Suddenly, the NFC West is tight.  San Francisco 17 - 13.

Dallas (7 - 3) 30 @ New York Giants (3 - 7) 24: Correct. I can’t comment on this game without mentioning Beckham’s incredible catch. If you didn’t see, it’s worth searching for. As for the outcome, not a big surprise, setting up a big showdown in Dallas with the Eagles. Dallas 31 - 28.

New York Jets (2 - 8) 17 @ Buffalo (5 - 5) 23 in Detroit: Correct. The strange week ended in the Bills’ favor, but like the Dolphins, they’re facing an uphill climb to the playoffs. Buffalo 38 - 3.

Baltimore (6 - 4) 27 @ New Orleans (4 - 6) 31: No. Not a good pick. I went with the Saints’ at home, despite their consecutive defeats in the Superdome. The Ravens made it a clean sweep for the AFC North in this week’s games.  Baltimore 34 - 27.