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Oakland Raiders' defensive tackle Tommy Kelly (93) celebrates his interception of a pass from Minnesota Vikings' quarterback Christian Ponder during the third quarter of their NFL football game in Minneapolis, November 20, 2011. The Raiders face the Bears while the Vikings take on the Falcons in this weekend's NFL matchups. REUTERS/Eric Miller (Eric Miller/Reuters)
Oakland Raiders' defensive tackle Tommy Kelly (93) celebrates his interception of a pass from Minnesota Vikings' quarterback Christian Ponder during the third quarter of their NFL football game in Minneapolis, November 20, 2011. The Raiders face the Bears while the Vikings take on the Falcons in this weekend's NFL matchups. REUTERS/Eric Miller (Eric Miller/Reuters)

Predictions

Week 12 NFL Picks Add to ...

SUNDAY

Minnesota Vikings (2-8) at Atlanta Falcons (6-4)

MINNESOTA plus 10

No Adrian Peterson gives the Vikings no chance.

The pick VIKINGS

Cleveland Browns (4-6) at Cincinnati Bengals (6-4)

CLEVELAND plus 8

Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton has a rookie record-tying 15 touchdown passes through 10 games. He won’t be slowing down here.

The pick BENGALS

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-6) at Tennessee Titans (5-5)

TAMPA BAY plus 4

Titans running back Chris Johnson should find himself back on track against a Tampa rushing defence ranked 26th in the league.

The pick TITANS

Carolina Panthers (2-8) at Indianapolis Colts (0-10)

CAROLINA minus 4

Luckily, Indy fans can watch legendary receiver Marvin Harrison being inducted into the team’s ring of honour. Should help distract from the squad’s current woes.

The pick PANTHERS

Arizona Cardinals (3-7) at St. Louis Rams (2-8)

EVEN

Flip a coin.

The pick RAMS

Buffalo Bills (5-5) at New York Jets (5-5)

BUFFALO plus 9

No Fred Jackson. No Donald Jones. In all honesty, Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick might as well stay at home.

The pick JETS

Houston Texans (7-3) at Jacksonville Jaguars (3-7)

HOUSTON minus 4

Former Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart gets his first start since 2009. With the talent around him, he might just do okay.

The pick TEXANS

Chicago Bears (7-3) at Oakland Raiders (6-4)

CHICAGO plus 4

This will be the first opportunity for the Bears faithful to rue quarterback Jay Cutler’s broken thumb.

The pick RAIDERS

Washington Redskins (3-7) at Seattle Seahawks (4-6)

WASHINGTON plus 4

The Redskins have won the past five encounters. That should end here.

The pick SEAHAWKS

New England Patriots (7-3) at Philadelphia Eagles (4-6)

NEW ENGLAND minus 4

They may be at home, but Philly’s injury problems will prove an insurmountable obstacle.

The pick PATRIOTS

Denver Broncos (5-5) at San Diego Chargers (4-6)

DENVER plus 6

Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow has been clutch in the fourth quarter. San Diego should have put this game away long before then.

The pick CHARGERS

Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3) at Kansas City Chiefs (4-6)

PITTSBURGH minus 11

Quarterback Tyler Palko will get the start, even after the Chiefs claimed Kyle Orton on waivers. It won’t make a lick of difference.

The pick STEELERS

MONDAY

New York Giants (6-4) at New Orleans Saints (7-3)

NEW YORK plus 7

Giants quarterback Eli Manning gets a homecoming in New Orleans. That’s a good thing, as he’ll likely need the support of his family after this encounter.

The pick SAINTS

Last week: 6-7-1

Season: 75-75-9

 
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