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Fearless Rick's NFL Week 12 Picks - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | November 26-29

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, November 26

Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions (even, 45) 12:30 pm - Among the major disappointments in the NFL, these two teams have to be near the top of the list, but, the 4-6 Eagles are probably the bigger bust, as many (particularly, coach Chip Kelly) expected them to lead the league in scoring and take the NFC East by storm.

Oddly enough, the Eagles aren't anywhere near the top in scoring, checking in at #15 (22.9 ppg.) and they allow exactly the same number. They are, however, only one game behind the Giants in the division, so hope springs eternal, even for losers of two straight.

Detroit has actually won two in a row, but their stats are horrific. 29th in offense and defense, allowing 27.4 ppg., and scoring just 18.5. Give this one to the Eagles, just because the Lions outright suck at home, 1-4.

Prediction: Eagles 27 Lions 22


Carolina Panthers at Dallas Cowboys (even, 46) 4:30 pm - How the Cowboys managed to be an even play against undefeated Carolina is a mystery, but thinking that Cam Newton (the early favorite for NFL Player of the Year) and his crew will lose has been an unwise choice all year.

The Cowboys may have some life in them now that Tony Romo is back at QB, and, their defense is pretty good, but the Panthers have a special quality to them this season and will find a way to win this one, especially if it's close late in the game.

Prediction: Panthers 30 Cowboys 24


Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers (-10, 47) 8:30 pm - Green Bay proved they were not kaput last week, winning a must-win game at Minnesota, 30-13, and reclaiming a share of the lead in the NFC North with a 7-3 mark.

Chicago suffered mental and physical breakdowns in their home loss to the Broncos on Sunday, losing 17-15, when they failed to convert a 2-point try. At 4-6, the Bears aren't exactly done yet, and should manage to keep this one close.

Prediction: Packers 24 Bears 19


Sunday, November 29

Minnesota Vikings at Atlanta Falcons (-1, 46) 1:00 pm - Exactly what happened to the Falcons is difficult to discern, but they've lost three straight and four of their last five. The run game is hurting and Matt Ryan has been off-target and rushed too often. Atlanta's defense is still solid (21.4 ppg. allowed), but Minnesota's is better (18.4) despite losing to the Packers big last week, 30-13.

Look for Minnesota to rebound and keep pace with the Pack. This is a huge game for potential wild card placings. Minnesota, 7-3; Atlanta, 6-4, but fading fast.

Prediction: Vikings 23 Falcons 17


St. Louis Rams at Cincinnati Bengals (-10, 42) 1:00 pm - Multiple problems plague the Rams, not the least of which is the NFL investigation into who they allowed Case Keenum to remain in last week's loss at Baltimore (16-13), after suffering an obvious concussion. Unclear whether Keenum will start or Nick Foles, but either way, the Bengals will be out for blood, after suffering their first setback of the season, Sunday night in Arizona (34-31).

Bengals will prove to be unstoppable, despite a good St. Louis defense.

Prediction: Bengals 30 Rams 10


New Orleans Saints at Houston Texans (-3, 47 1/2) 1:00 pm - The Saints had last week off, but that's probably not going to help out their defense, which is the most porous in the league, allowing an incredible 31.5 points per outing.

Houston's 24-17 win over the Jets last week was a big boost, evening them with the Colts for the lead in the AFC South, at 5-5. Houston can smell division title, and T.J. Yates may be more confident with a win under his belt. Don't expect Drew Brees to run up the point total, because Houston's defense is beginning to come into its own, allowing just 30 points in its last three games, all wins.

Prediction: Texans 29 Saints 18


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Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Indianapolis Colts (-3, 47) 1:00 pm - Sooner or later, the Colts are going to run out of luck (pun intended) as their regular starter, Andrew Luck, remains sidelined with injuries. Matt Hasselbeck managed to deliver a win last week at Atlanta, 24-21, but the Buccaneers are suddenly a force with which the rest of the league must reckon.

Tampa QB James Winston has surely gotten the hang of the offense, especially after their 45-17 romp at Philly last week, and the Bucs are 5-5, winning three of their last four. They're also 3-2 on the road. Indy won't be able to keep up and/or penetrate an improving defense.

Prediction: Buccaneers 31 Colts 20


San Diego Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars (-4, 46 1/2) 1:00 pm - Hard to believe the Jaguars have a better record than the Chargers, but it's true (4-6 vs. 2-8).

San Diego is out of it, primarily due to the defense being unable to stop anything or anyone. They're 31st in points allowed, giving up 28.2 per game. Jacksonville isn't much better (26.8), but they're coming around after back-to-back wins at Baltimore (22-20) and against Tennessee (19-13). At 4-6, they're only a game behind in the AFC South, so they'll be motivated, plus, the Chargers are 0-4 on the road.

Prediction: Jaguars 25 Chargers 17


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Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs (-4 1/2, 41) 1:00 pm - Chiefs have won four straight and the Bills are playing well also, but, if history is any guide, Buffalo will turn the ball over and KC will capitalize in this crucial wild card-possible game.

Prediction: Chiefs 31 Bills 24


Miami Dolphins at New York Jets (-3 1/2, 42 1/2) 1:00 pm - Miami is a college knock-off masquerading as a pro football team. They've changed head coaches mid-season, are 4-6 overall and the Jets already have a win over them (27-14, week 4) in Miami. even though the Jets are 5-5 and Miami, 4-6, these two teams are world's apart.

Prediction: Jets 30 Dolphins 13


Oakland Raiders (-1, 44) at Tennessee Titans 1:00 pm - This should be a pretty exciting game, pitting two of the NFL's young guns head-to-head (Raiders Derek Carr vs. Titans Marcus Mariota)

Oakland has the edge on offense, scoring 24.0 ppg. (11th), while the Titans have a better defense (allowing 23.3, vs. the Raiders 25.9).

The Raiders lost at Detroit, 18-13, last week, and stay on the road, which doesn't help their cause. Tennessee has had a few extra days off after losing, 19-13, at Jacksonville, giving them a tiny advantage. Overtime a distinct possibility here.

Prediction: Titans 30 Raiders 27


New York Giants (-1, 46 1/2) at Washington Redskins 1:00 pm - The Giants had last week off and were able to relish Washington being throttled by Carolina, 44-16. NY already whipped the Redskins once, 32-21, in week three and look for the sweep of the season series and retention of first place in the sub-par NFC East.

While the Redskins are 4-6 and the Giants 5-5, New York seems to be putting everything together despite their inability to close out games against New Orleans in week eight and in their 27-26 loss to the Patriots in week 10.

Prediction: Giants 26 Redskins 14

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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