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NFL Week 12 Handicapping Tips

NFL Week 12 Match Ups

With the Thanksgiving Holiday comes the traditional Thursday games, but more importantly it marks the official start of the push towards the playoffs. Teams such as New Orleans, Minnesota, and Indianapolis have basically secured a spot and are now jockeying for the #1 seed. Teams such as New England, Cincinnati, and Arizona are currently in control of their division and fighting to stay on top.


The rest of the post season picture is still a bit fuzzy, but this week’s action will begin to clear things up.

Here is a brief look at all the match ups with some keys to the game.

Thursday, Nov. 26

Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions, 12:30 p.m.

Over the past decade Green Bay has beaten Detroit 16 of the 18 times they have played each other. Lion’s QB Matthew Stafford and WR Calvin Johnson could be out of this one.

Oakland Raiders at Dallas Cowboys, 4:15 p.m.

Dallas QB Tony Romo has never lost as a starter on Thanksgiving. Raider QB Bruce Gradkowski gets his second start after last week’s dramatic win over Cincinnati.

New York Giants at Denver Broncos, 8:20 p.m.

The pressure is now on Denver’s rookie head coach Josh McDaniel to make the necessary adjustments to hold his team together in the midst of a four game losing streak as some infighting as already begun.

Sunday, Nov. 29

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.

In his third start, Tampa QB Josh Freeman finally looked like a rookie throwing three interceptions in the loss to the Saints. Atlanta QB Matt Ryan is 11-1 when playing at home.

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.

Bills much maligned WR Terrell Owens is finally starting to make an impact with 282 receiving yards in his last two games. In week four Miami thumped Buffalo 38-10.

Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m.

In Cincinnati’s three losses this season QB Carson Palmer has only thrown for 1 TD with 4 interceptions. The hard luck Browns lost last week’s game on a Detroit touchdown with no time left in the game.

Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans, 1 p.m.

The Colts have won their last four games by a combined 10 points. Houston K Kris Brown has missed game tying field goals that would have forced overtime twice this season.

Carolina Panthers at New York Jets, 1 p.m.

Carolina is 30-4 when QB Jake Delhomme has less than 30 passing attempts. In the Jets 1-5 stretch, rookie QB Mark Sanchez has thrown 14 interceptions and only 6 TD’s.

Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m.

In the first meeting this season Philadelphia relied on a couple of long touchdowns to beat Washington 27-17. The Redskins have only scored 20 points or more once this season.

Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams, 1 p.m.

The Seahawks have won the last eight meetings with St. Louis. With 116 yards last week against the Cardinals, Rams RB Steven Jackson has gone over 1000 yards rushing for the fifth straight season.

Arizona Cardinals at Tennessee Titans, 4:15 p.m.

Titan QB Vince Young is 8-0 in his last eight regular season starts. Behind RB’s Beanie Wells and Tim Hightower, Arizona is almost averaging 100 yards rushing per game which is a vast improvement since earlier this season.

Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers, 4:05 p.m.

Kansas City WR Chris Chambers, who was released by the Chargers earlier this season has 249 receiving yards and 2 TD’s in three games. San Diego is going for their six straight win after starting 2-3.

Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings, 4:15 p.m.

Bear’s QB Jake Cutler has 15 TD passes but leads the NFL in interceptions with 18. Packer’s QB Brett Favre is tied for second in touchdown passes with 21 and is last in interceptions with three.

Jacksonville Jaguars at San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m.

RB Maurice Jones-Drew has 10 touchdowns in the Jaguars six wins this season. After a 3-1 start, Mike Singletary’s 49ers have lost five out of their last six.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens, 8:20 p.m.

If Steeler QB Ben Roethlisberger cannot go in this one then Dennis Dixon, who has thrown only one pass in his NFL career will get the call. The Ravens have lost three out of the last four in this series.

Monday, Nov. 30

New England Patriots at New Orleans Saints, 8:30 p.m.

As a point of comparison, Patriot QB Tom Brady has thrown for 3049 yards, 20 TD’s and 6 INTs, and has a passer rating of 100.4, while Saint QB Drew Brees has thrown for 2746 yards, 22 TD’s and 9 INT’s, and has a passer rating of 105.8.

Look for the playoff caliber teams that are favored to win come through this week. Some that I like are Atlanta, Philadelphia, Dallas, and Miami.

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