NFL WEEK 12 SHELDON’S PICKS
NG Sports Editor
LAST WEEK: 12-4
New England Patriots at Detroit Lions,
The Lions are normally strong in their annual’Turkey Day’game, but the Pats are playing too well for me to pick against them right now. Brady has that offense clicking on all cylinders and that defense is starting to come around.
Patriots 34, Lions 31
New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys,
Now that they are getting healthy, the Super Bowl Champs are starting to play like the team that many have become accustomed to over the past two years. The Cowboys are now 2-0 under interim coach Jason Garrett but they’ll take a step back this week, and the Saints will continue to roll.
Saints 31, Cowboys 27
Cincinnati Bengals at N.Y. Jets,
The way the Bengals have been playing lately, I woul;dn’t be surprised if coach Marvin Lewis is given his walking papers after this game. They’re headed to the lottery and they’re headed there fast. The Jets should win this one easily.
Jets 28, Bengals 13
Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons,
These two teams could very well meet again in the NFC Championship game. They both have young talented quarterbacks and great supporting casts. I still think the Packers is the better team but playing at home will make a huge difference in this marquee game. The Packers will win the re-match in the playoffs, but until then…
Falcons 27, Packers 24
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Baltimore Ravens,
Both of these teams should also make it to the playoffs this year. The Bucs is one of the upstart young teams in the league, while the Ravens are rallying around their swarming defense yet again. I think the experienced Ravens will limit the productivity of the youbng Bucs this week and come out with an impressive win.
Ravens 20, Buccaneers 17
Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills,
The Steelers is another one of those squads which is rallying around its defense this year. The Bills were impressive in putting up 49 points against the Bengals this week, but they won’t be able to score half as much against the Steelers. It might be snowing in Buffalo on Sunday but the Steelers will still control the tempo of the game and leave with a victory.
Steelers 24, Bills 13
Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears,
Michael Vick and the Eagles cooled down a bit last week but were still able to knock off the defensive minded Giants. This week, they’ll face another defensive squad but Vick and the Eagles seem to be on a mission. They’ll come out firing on Sunday and puick up a big win in Chi Town.
Eagles 24, Bears 20
Carolina Panthers at Cleveland Browns,
The Browns have been playing very well lately while the Panthers have struggled all season. I think that trend will continue on Sunday. Besides, it’s difficult for any team, much less the 1-9 Panthers, to come into the Dog Pound and leave with a victory.
Browns 27, Pathers 13
Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans,
The Titans still haven’t found a way to work Randy Moss into their offensive scheme yet. Despite the problems that they have with Vince Young, I think that this is the week that they finally get Moss going. On top of that, Chris Johnson will run all through that porous Texans’defense.
Titans 27, Texans 24
Jacksonville Jaguars at N.Y. Giants,
The Giants suffered a geart-breaking loss to the Eagles last week. Playing at home at the New Meadowlands Stadium should help them to bounce back this week. It will be tough for them to come back and snag the division away from the Eagles, but the G-men should be able to knock off the Jags.
Giants 31, Jaguars 20
Minnesota Vikings at Washington Redskins
Really and truly, with the way the Vikes are playing, I’m surprised that Brad Childress still has a job. The Redskins will continue to add to Brett Favre’s misery this year and the Vikes will slip further and further into oblivion.
Redskins 27, Vikings 17
Kansas City Chiefs at Seattle Seahawks,
The Seahawks always play well at home but I think this is the week that the Chiefs begin to take control of the AFC West. Jamaal Charles is truning out to be one of the better running backs in the league, and that much improved Chiefs’defense is getting better week after week. I think that the Chiefs will show up to play on Sunday and hand their former division rival a tough loss.
Chiefs 24, Seahawks 20
Miami Dolphins at Oakland Raiders,
The Dolphins laid a goose egg at home against the Bears last week but they had 10 days to prepare for this game and I think they’ll come out prepared to play. Besides, they realize that at 5-5 there is little room for errors if they want to make the playoffs this year. I think that they’ll bounce back strong against the Raiders veven though they have to travel across the country.
Dolphins 27, Raiders 16
St. Louis Rams at Denver Broncos,
The Broncos is another one of those teams which I think will bounce back this week. They have the young Rams coming to town and also realize that there is little room for error. Knowshon Moreno will have one of his better games of the season and the Broncos will use the advantage of that thin air up there in Denver to stifle the attack from the Rams.
Broncos 31, Rams 20
San Diego Chargers at Indianapolis Colts,
Game of the Week!Don’t look now but the Chargers are steadily climbing up the standings and the Colts is still one of the better teams in the AFC. This games features two of the better quarterbacks in the league and two leading candidates for MVP this year. Phillip Rivers should continue racking up the numbers in this primetime affair but somehow, I just can’t see the Colts losing at home at this time of year. Peyton Manning will lead his troops to an impressive win on Sunday night.
Colts 31, Chargers 28
San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals,
I was one of those fans who thought that the Niners would make one last push to save their season, but after last week’s debacle, they’re pretty much finished. This is a game that I would normally pick them to win but the Cards will come fired up in this Monday night affair in the dessert. They will be looking to sink the final nail in the Niners’coffin, and I think that they’ll get the job done.
Cardinals 24, 49ers 16