Happy Thanksgiving to all of you pigskin pickers out there. I welcome you back to the NFL Final Football Word and our NFL picks and predictions. We are heading for another great week of NFL action and the playoff picture is becoming a bit clearer. The pretenders are beginning to show themselves and the cream is rising to the top.
Here are my week thirteen NFL picks and predictions for your NFL office pool.
Tennessee at Detroit – The Titans are going to be very angry comptetion for the Lions this week. That is not good news for the good people in Detroit. Since the Titans run the ball as good as anyone, and the Lions stink at stopping the run, this game is going to be very ugly.
Result – Titans Win
Seattle at Dallas – Turkey is not the only bird that will be cooked on Thanksgiving. Seahawks are being served up by Cowboys everywhere.
Result – Cowboys Win
Arizona at Philadelphia – The Cardinals certainly gained a measure of respect from the kings of the NFC East. The Giants got a heck of a lot more than they bargained for. Even though the Cardinals are the better of the two teams, the Eagles will pull off an upset. The Cardinals stink when they travel East.
Result – Eagles Win
San Francisco at Buffalo – The Bills finally got a win in week twelve after an epic freefall from the top of the division. They dropped 54 point on the Chiefs. I expect a similar score against an improving Niner squad.
Result – Bills Win
Baltimore at Cincinnati – The Bengals are facing one of the best defenses in the NFL. Easy answer here.
Result – Ravens Win
Indianapolis at Cleveland – The Colts are back in the saddle after a couple of wins, and the Browns are simply in the way. Quinn will see the turf early and often.
Result – Colts Win
Carolina at Green Bay – This is going to be a very important game for the Panthers. They are traveling to hostile territory, and facing a very good team. That did not work out so well in Atlanta. Expect them to recover in a big way against the Pack.
Result – Panthers Win
Miami at St. Louis – This will be a running nightmare for the Rams. The Dolphins will run them under the dome.
Result – Dolphins Win
New Orleans at Tampa Bay – While everyone keeps talking about how Atlanta is coming on strong, it is the Saints that most NFC South fans are worried about. They are showing signs of getting hot.
Result – Saints win
NY Giants at Washington – Tje Giants are facing the Redskins in a very important match up in the East. The Skins will finally get a win against the Giants at home.
Result – Redskins Win
Atlanta at San Diego – Matt Ryan and Atlanta showed the world that they are vastly improved in their win over Carolina. This week they show why they are not quite there yet. The Chargers whip them badly.
Result – Chargers Win
Pittsburgh at New England – The Patriots are looking like they are finally getting it together. Cassell is looking like the real deal. The Steelers are looking nearly unstoppable. The Patriots stop them this week.
Result – Patriots Win
Denver at NY Jets – Are the Jets for real? Absolutely they are and Favre fans everywhere are loving it. The Broncos are the type of team that could give the Jets problems though. Still Favre will pull it out.
Result – Jets Win
Kansas City at Oakland – The Raiders finally found the win column last week. The Chiefs are still finding the going tough around the NFL. Expect the Raiders to get the win.
Result – Raiders Win
Chicago at Minnesota – This will be an epic battle that will be won at the line of scrimmage. The Vikings win that battle.
Result – Vikings win
Jacksonville at Houston – The Texans actually come out and win one. They have been extra close a time or two, and this will be a good win for them in prime time.
Result – Texans Win
Week Twelve Record – 9-7
Season Record – 109-67