NFL Football 2012 Week 13: Picks and Previews

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The big dogs rule in December. Will your team be one of them?

Schedule

Last week: 7-6
Year: 79-81-2

Thursday, November 29
Atlanta 23 New Orleans 13

Sunday, December 2
New England (-7 1/2) at Miami
Jacksonville at Buffalo (-6)
Carolina (-3 1/2) at Kansas City
Indianapolis at Detroit (-6)
Minnesota at Green Bay (-8)
Houston (-6 1/2) at Tennessee
San Francisco (-7 1/2) at St Louis
Seattle at Chicago (-3)
Arizona at NY Jets (-6)
Tampa Bay at Denver (-7 1/2)
Cleveland (-2 1/2) at Oakland
Pittsburgh at Baltimore (-7 1/2)
Cincinnati (-1 1/2) at San Diego
Philadelphia at Dallas (-10 1/2)

Monday, December 3
NY Giants (-3) at Washington

Three favorites

HOUSTON (-6 1/2) at Tennessee
The Texans defense should rebound from a weak effort in the win against Detroit last week. The Titans defense gives up points like Houston likes to score - in bunches. Tennessee has given up the second most points this season, and Houston has scored the second most points...not a good combination for Titans fans.

Minnesota at GREEN BAY (-8)
Minnesota has been terrible on the road, losing four of five. The Vikings will be without WR Percy Harvin again, putting the load on RB Adrian Peterson. Expect the Packers to load up the line of scrimmage. Green Bay hopes to rebound from last weeks loss in New York. The Packers are 4-1 at home, and a win would help solidify a playoff spot.

Seattle at CHICAGO (-3)
Seattle has struggled on the road, and this trend should continue in Soldier Field, where the Bears are 5-1. Seattle's lack of reciever depth will slow them down against a Chicago secondary that has been all over the ball this season. The Bears will look to put alot of pressure on Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, while running the ball often to wear down the Seattle defense.

In the middle

NEW ENGLAND (-7 1/2) at Miami
The Patriots have won five in a row and have scored more points than any team by a wide margin. Their running game is much improved this season, making it extra difficult to cover the pass. Expect the New England defense to show alot of looks at Dolphins QB Danny Tannehill. Miami needs a win to keep its playoff hope high.

JACKSONVILLE (+6) at Buffalo
Jacksonville has been playing better lately, and the prospects of two wins in a row looks good against a Buffalo team that has given up even more points than the hapless Jaguars. Expect another big game from second year WR Cecil Shorts, who has become Jacksonville's leading reciever.

CAROLINA (-3 1/2) at Kansas City
Jevon Belcher, rest in peace.

INDIANAPOLIS (+6) at Detroit
This should be an offensive explosion. The Colts have struggled on the road, but the Lions struggle at home. Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck looks to take advantage of a weak Lions defense. The Colts defense is not much better, so expect this to be a game where the last team with the football wins. Where's the D?

San Francisco at ST LOUIS (+7 1/2)
The Rams look to keep slim playoff hopes alive against a team they tied on the road in week 10. St Louis hopes to take advantage of a quarterback change in San Francisco. Expect numerous of hard hits and alot of rushing the ball from both teams in this old divsional rival. Tighten your chinstraps.

CLEVELAND (-2 1/2) at Oakland
A matchup of two 3-8 teams. The young Browns have kept games close, while the Raiders have given up a league high 356 points. Expect Cleveland RB Trent Richardson to have a big game. The Raiders will be helped by the return of RB's Darren MaFadden and Mike Goodsen, but they need much more help than that.

PITTSBURGH (+7 1/2) at Baltimore
The Steelers should be able to run the ball against the Ravens defense, offsetting the absence of QB Ben Rothlisberger. The return of WR Antonio Brown will be a boost for the Steelers. Pittsburgh has given up fewer points than Baltimore. This is a bigger game for the Steelers than the Ravens, so expect Pittsburgh to be fired up early, but as usual come up a little short in Baltimore.

CINCINNATI (-1 1/2) at San Diego
Two teams headed inopposite directions. San Diego has lost three in a row, and Cincinnati has won three straight. The Bengals offense has improved recnetly, while the charger offense continues to implode. It won't be long before some heads will roll in San Diego.

Philadelphia at DALLAS (-10 1/2)
The Eagles have been terrible, even worse than Dallas plays at home. Looks like another long day for Eagles QB Nick Foles. This is a must win for the Cowboys if they what to stay in the playoff hunt. As many problems as Dallas has right now, Philladelphia has more.

Three that scare me

NY Giants at WASHINGTON (+3)
The Redskins and Giants are always a close game. Washington will keep this close enough to have a chance to win in the end. Expect a hard hitting, divisional rival game. The 'dog at home on Monday Night Football can't lose twice in a row.

Arizona at NY JETS (-6)
Quarterback problems for both teams should lead to numerous carries of the football. Both teams have worn out their defenses with a lack of production on offense. The Cardinals have been terrible on the road since an early season win in New England.

TAMPA BAY (+7 1/2) at Denver
Denver has had more close games at home than on the road. Tampa Bay has been scoring consistently, keeping games close. Expect the Buccaneers to run the ball often and try to keep Broncos QB Peyton Manning on the sidelines. This should be an interesting contest.

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