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Week 12 Pro Football Predictions

Posted on: November 23rd, 2017 by Rob Popeleski No Comments

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Minnesota @ Detroit

The first action on the football menu on Thanksgiving is a meaningful divisional matchup. Minnesota sits atop the division at 8-2 with Detroit in second place at 6-4. Minnesota is on a six-game winning streak with their last loss coming at home to this Detroit team. Detroit has won the last three meetings with Minnesota and has won their last three Thanksgiving Day games. Detroit 24-20

LAC @ Dallas

Dallas is 0-2 without Ezekiel Elliott and their offense has really struggled, scoring a total of 18 points total in those games. Just as important has been the injury to offensive tackle Tyron Smith which has cost him to miss the last two games. If Smith doesn’t play then Dallas is in big trouble as they face two of the leagues best pass rushers in Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. LAC 27-21

NYG @ Washington

Thanksgiving Day began with a meaningful game and ends with a meaningless one between these two divisional rivals. Both teams have been hit hard by numerous injuries. Toss up. Washington 27-23

Tampa Bay @ Atlanta

Atlanta is playing like their old self again with back to back wins over Dallas and Seattle. They’ve scored 61 points in their last two games. Tampa Bay is 2-0 without Jameis Winston but those games came against Miami and the NYJ. They step up in competition this week. Atlanta 31-17

Cleveland @ Cincinnati

Cincinnati has won the last three matchups with Cleveland including a 31-7 road win over them in week 4. In that game, Cleveland had only 215 total yards. Cincinnati has had a hard time stopping the run the last five weeks but not sure if Cleveland can take advantage. Cincinnati 27-17

Tennessee @ Indianapolis

Tennessee has had over a week to get over their disappointing performance on Thursday night in Pittsburgh. Tennessee beat Indianapolis 36-22 back in October. Tennessee rushed for over 160 yards in that game. Expect more of the same here. Tennessee 23-19

Jacksonville @ Arizona

Blaine Gabbert may start for Arizona at quarterback and the matchup couldn’t be worse. The Jacksonville defense has allowed the fewest points in the league and is 1st in pass defense. Jacksonville has won four in a row and has won the most games since the 8-8 team did back in 2010. Jacksonville 20-13

Buffalo @ Kansas City

You wonder the effect the bad decision has had in the locker room after Sean McDermott decided to start Nathan Peterman over Tyrod Taylor last week. Peterman threw 5 interceptions and now Taylor once again reclaims the starting job this week. An even bigger concern for McDermott should be the defense who has allowed 135 points in their last three games and have been getting beat bad on the ground since trading Marcel Dareus. Kansas City 30-20

Miami @ New England

Miami has lost four in a row and has given up 40 or more points in two of those games. The last time Miami won in Foxborough was back in 2008. New England has won four out of the last five meetings with Miami. New England 34-21

Carolina @ NYJ 

Carolina is 4-1 on the road this year thanks to a top 5 defense and a running game ranked 7th in the league. They could have their star tight end in Greg Olsen back this week. New York has lost 4 out of their last 5 but has played well at home this year with a win over Jacksonville and close losses to Atlanta and New England. Carolina 20-16

Chicago @ Philadelphia

Philadelphia is 1st in offense and 7th in defense. Carson Wentz leads the league with 25 touchdown passes. Chicago’s defense has kept them competitive in games this year as they’ve allowed 30 or more points just once this year and that was against Aaron Rodgers. Wentz has played like Rodgers this year. Chicago will be forced to throw in this one and that is a weakness of theirs offensively. Philadelphia 27-13

Green Bay @ Pittsburgh

Brett Hundley has just 2 touchdowns and 7 interceptions and has a quarterback rating of 63 since taking over for Aaron Rodgers. This looked like a great matchup on paper before the season but not anymore. Pittsburgh 31-7

Denver @ Oakland

These are two teams really struggling. Oakland doesn’t have an interception on the season and fired their defensive coordinator this week. Denver has lost 6 in a row, fired their offensive coordinator and will start Paxton Lynch this week. Denver beat Oakland 16-10 back in week 4. In that game, Derek Carr got hurt. Go with the better quarterback at home as Oakland seeks to keep their playoff hopes alive. Oakland 27-24

New Orleans @ LAR

One of the best games of the weekend featuring two of the best offenses in the league. New Orleans is ranked 3rd while Los Angeles is ranked 2nd in offense. Both teams are playing good defense as well with New Orleans ranked 8th while Los Angeles is ranked 6th. Los Angeles needs to keep the New Orleans run game, led by Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara, in check. The loss of Robert Woods hurts Los Angeles. LAR 34-31

Seattle @ San Francisco

This is a very important game for Seattle as they can’t afford to slip further behind in the playoff race. Aside from Russell Wilson, their running game has been non-existent and on defense, they’re vulnerable due to injuries in their defensive backfield. Despite the injuries, Seattle has kept opponents under 300 total yards in their last three games. They get a break this week before hosting Philadelphia in week 13. Seattle 24-13

Houston @ Baltimore

Tom Savage had his best game last week and got his first win as a starter. Things should get tougher this week against a Baltimore defense ranked 2nd against the pass. Baltimore has shutouts in 2 of their last 3 games. They forced 5 turnovers last week. Baltimore 24-10

Record: Last Week 12-2, Season 99-59

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