The Nassau Guardian’s NFL Week 12 Local ‘experts’ give their predicitions for the NFL’s Week 12
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Patriots at Lions
I don’t expect a letdown from the Patriots this week and they will outplay the Lions on Turkey Day. The game probably won’t be high scoring, but Tom Brady and the crew will handle business on the road.
Patriots 24, Lions 13
Saints at Cowboys
Dallas will now play the role of spoiler for the rest of the season and I don’t think they will interrupt the playoff push for the Saints. Reggie Bush will be back in the lineup and his big play ability will be a difference maker this week. It should be an entertaining game, but New Orleans wins at the end.
Saints 27, Cowboys 21
Bengals at Jets
Terrell Owens got it right when he said the Bengals were terrible, so you know what terrible teams do best.
Jets 28, Bengals 10.
Packers at Falcons
This could be a preview of a potential match-up in the playoffs and with both teams playing at a high level makes this hard to pick. Both teams are explosive offensively, and Clay Matthews will have his hands full with a solid Atlanta offensive line. I picked Green Bay to make it to the Super Bowl, but I think playing in the Georgia Dome will give Atlanta the slight edge in this one.
Falcons 24, Packers 17
Buccaneers at Ravens
Tampa Bay will be tested for the rested of the season with a grueling schedule ahead starting with a date with the Ravens. We’ll see how good they really are when the stakes are higher, and as much as I like what they have done this year, Baltimore will be too tough for them.
Ravens 20, Buccaneers 10
Steelers at Bills
Buffalo has been better, but the Steelers are making their playoff push in a tight AFC this year. What I’m really trying to say is that the Bills don’t stand a chance.
Steelers 24, Bills 6
Eagles at Bears
Michael Vick and the Eagles will have another tough test against Chicago and their physical defense. But the key to the game will be the Philly defense and if they can force Jay Cutler into committing turnovers. And with Cutler’s erratic play at QB coupled with the Bears’ offensive line, that shouldn’t be hard to do.
Eagles 24, Bears 16
Panthers at Browns
Definitely one of the games to miss this week, but if you’re wondering who will win this one, I’m thinking Cleveland.
Browns 21, Panthers 13
Titans at Texans
Randy Moss arrives in Tennessee and the Titans drop two straight and the team seems like they are having some internal issues. Coincidence? I think not, but Houston will capitalize on Tennessee’s problems.
Texans 23, Titans 14
Jaguars at Giants
The Jags have built some momentum to make a playoff push, but I have a feeling that they will fold up and blow their chance to win a wide open AFC South. On the other side, the G-men won’t self destruct this week and outplay Jacksonville at home.
Giants 20, Jaguars 10
Vikings at Redskins
Firing Brad Childress cam two weeks too late, and the Vikes realistically don’t have a shot at making the playoffs. But I think they use this week to send a message to Childress that he really was the problem for the team.
Vikings 34, Redskins 17.
Chiefs at Seahawks
The Chiefs must win the games they are supposed to and this is certainly one of them. Seattle is still alive to win their division, and playing at home in late November could provide an advantage over a talented Kansas City team.
Seahawks 23, Chiefs 21.
Dolphins at Raiders
Miami is in a bad situation having no stability at quarterback, and Oakland still has a shot to make the playoffs, so the more motivated team wlll grab the win, which is surprisingly the Raiders.
Raiders 17, Dolphins 14
Rams at Broncos
Denver is ready to get this season over, and I think they will do just enough to beat the Rams at home.
Broncos 24, Rams 14.
Chargers at Colts
The Bolts are ready to make its annual playoff push around this time, but they will be slowed down this week by Peyton Manning and his supporting cast. I don’t see Indy dropping two in a row, especially at home and they will regain control of the division.
Colts 28, Chargers 21.
49ers at Cardinals
Worst Monday Night Football game so far this season. But somebody must win, and it’ll probably be the Cardinals.
Cardinals 20, 49ers 14.