2012 Week 16 NFL picks

The domination by National Football Conference over American Football Conference continued last week as NFC teams won 5 out of 6 interconference games. NFC teams now hold 36-24 record which means they’ve clinched winning record for second consecutive season – something that hasn’t happened since 1994 & 1995 season. In Week 16 we’ll see the last 4 interconference games (Titans @ Packers, Raiders @ Panthers, Vikings @ Texans and the most interesting of them all, Giants @ Ravens) and 4 games between division rivals, probably non bigger than the one in Seattle between Seahawks and 49ers. Week 16 will start with Saturday edition of MNF with a game between Falcons and Lions, here are my picks for all Week 16 games:

1Atlanta Falcons @ Detroit Lions, Saturday 8:20 PM (ET). The last in the series of Monday Night Football games is going to be played on Saturday Night. Atlanta still has a lot to play, with a win they would clinch home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs. Detroit on the other hand is out of the playoffs and would like this season to end as quickly as possible.
Pick: Falcons 30-24, Result: Falcons 31-18
Against The Spread: Falcons (-3.5)

7New Orleans Saints @ Dallas Cowboys, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). The Cowboys have won their last 3 games with a combined margin of just 10 points. Lately they’ve found a way to win close games and QB Tony Romo leads the NFL with most 4th quarter comeback wins. I expect a close game against the Saints and it will be another chance for QB Tony Romo to lead his team to a victory.
Pick: Cowboys 28-27, Result: Saints 34-31 (OT)
Against The Spread: Saints (+3.5)

3Tennessee Titans @ Green Bay Packers, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). The Packers already clinched NFC North division but would like to avoid Wild Card playoff round. They have to keep on winning and I’d be surprised if the Titans can compete with Green Bay on short week. Green Bay wins this one comfortably.
Pick: Packers 31-17, Result: Packers 55-7
Against The Spread: Packers (-12.5)

11Indianapolis Colts @ Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Last season the Colts finished last in AFC South division with a 2-14 record. This week the Colts have a chance to get their 10th win of the season and a chance to secure themselves a playoff spot. Indianapolis doesn’t play good defense but with a game against the Chiefs coming up their defense might look pretty good.
Pick: Colts 23-16, Result: Colts 20-13
Against The Spread: Colts (-6.5)

9Buffalo Bills @ Miami Dolphins, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). This game could be similar to the one this two teams played Week 11 in Buffalo. Low-scoring game with a home team edging out the visitors. If the Dolphins win, it will be their 7th win, before the start of the season, 7 wins for Miami would sound more like science fiction.
Pick: Dolphins 24-20, Result: Dolphins 24-10
Against The Spread: Bills (+4.5) 

6San Diego Chargers @ New York Jets, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). The Jets’ coaching stuff made the decision they probably should’ve made long before. QB Greg McElroy will start his first NFL game against the Chargers this week. Hopefully for the Jets, he can make fewer mistakes than QB Mark Sanchez made last week which could result in a win for New York.
Pick: Jets 20-19, Result: Chargers 27-17
Against The Spread: Chargers (+2.5)

5Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). After 3-6 record the Redskins won 5 straight and are now on top of NFC East division. Looks like QB RGIII will be cleared to play Sunday, even without him I think the Redskins are a better team right now.
Pick: Redskins 29-23, Result: Redskins 27-20
Against The Spread: Redskins (-4.5)

4Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). It’s time for the Bengals to prove that they can win a big game. With a win Bengals can achieve 2 things, first they can clinch playoff spot and second they can eliminate the Steelers from the playoffs. The Steelers have been inconsistent all season and I don’t think they will be able to put that inconsistency to rest against the Bengals.
Pick: Bengals 23-20, Result: Bengals 13-10
Against The Spread: Bengals (+4.5)

2St. Louis Rams @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Last week the Buccaneers didn’t play well on both sides of the ball, I expect them to bounce back on offense but it will be the defense that will let them down yet again. Rams should be able to exploit that pass defense and climb back to 0.500.
Pick: Rams 28-23, Result: Rams 28-13
Against The Spread: Rams (+3.5)

8Oakland Raiders @ Carolina Panthers, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Carolina Panthers will be looking for another late season win, this time against the Raiders. Second year QB Cam Newton has been playing great lately and his team shouldn’t have problems with Oakland Raiders who have to travel cross-country for 5th and final time this season.
Pick: Panthers 28-21, Result: Panthers 17-6
Against The Spread: Raiders (+8.5)

12New England Patriots @ Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). You got to feel sorry for the Jaguars. The Patriots are an angry team right now and will take it out on the Jaguars. QB Tom Brady will have a big day and the Patriots will win big and advance to 11-4.
Pick: Patriots 37-17, Result: Patriots 23-16
Against The Spread: Patriots (-14.5) 

10Minnesota Vikings @ Houston Texans, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Vikings have a tough task ahead, to extend their playoff hopes they need to win on the road against the Texans who will be looking to lock No.1 seed. Earlier this season we saw Packers and Patriots rip apart Texans’ defense through the air. The Vikings don’t have that type of offense, result Texans win.
Pick: Texans 26-19, Result: Vikings 23-6
Against The Spread: Vikings (+7.5)

13Cleveland Browns @ Denver Broncos, Sunday 4:05 PM (ET). With wins in the last two games the Broncos can secure first-round bye in the playoffs. I expect another win from the Broncos this time playing against the Browns. Cleveland will try to upset Manning and company, but unfortunately for Browns fans, it won’t happen.
Pick: Broncos 27-17, Result: Broncos 34-12
Against The Spread: Browns (+13.5)

14Chicago Bears @ Arizona Cardinals, Sunday 4:25 PM (ET). With a win against the Titans in Week 9 the Bears advanced to 7-1 and looked very much in control of NFC North division. But since then, the Bears lost 5 of 6 games and once again lost the division. What’s left for the Bears is a fight for playoff spot. First, they have to beat the Cardinals, I think they will and move to 9-6.
Pick: Bears 21-16, Result: Bears 28-13 
Against The Spread: Cardinals (+5.5)

15New York Giants @ Baltimore Ravens, Sunday 4:25 PM (ET). Last year the Giants were 7-7 and had to win last 2 games to make the playoffs, this year they are 8-6 and are again in a must-win situation. It is well-known fact that Baltimore’s QB Joe Flacco plays a lot worse when playing on the road but lately, he hasn’t played good even at home, that fact alone makes me wonder if the Ravens can beat the Giants this Sunday.
Pick: Giants 26-23, Result: Ravens 33-14
Against The Spread: Giants (-2.5) 

16San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks, Sunday 8:20 PM (ET). Week 16 will end with a big game between two NFC West teams, it will be big especially for the Seahawks who can clinch playoff spot with a win at home. This season Seattle is 6-0 when playing in front of home crowd. I think Seahawks win and stay undefeated in Seattle.
Pick: Seahawks 27-24, Result: Seahawks 42-13
Against The Spread: Seahawks (+1.5)

Week 15 record straight-up: 10-6
Overall: 142-81-1

Against The Spread: 9-7
Overall: 116-108


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2012 Week 15 NFL picks

With only 3 weeks left in regular season we are getting closer to this year’s postseason. With 6 games on the schedule between teams with winning record it should be an exciting week of pro football. Week 15 will start with the last in the series of TNF games. So far home teams hold 8-5 record and 33-17 since NFL Network started broadcasting Thursday Night Football games in 2006, here’s my pick for TNF game:

1Cincinnati Bengals @ Philadelphia Eagles, Thursday 8:20 PM (ET). The last time this 2 teams played they finished the game in a tie. The Bengals are coming off a devastating loss to the Cowboys and now have to face the Eagles who will try to spoil Bengals’ chances to make the playoffs. I might regret this but this time I’m going to shy away from a ‘home-team-short-week’ theme and pick the Bengals to win on the road.
Pick: Bengals 24-21, Result: Bengals 34-13
Against The Spread: Eagles (+3.5)

Philadelphia at Cincinnati

Photo: PrtScrn from ESPN.com

5New York Giants @ Atlanta Falcons, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Here’s a chance for the Falcons to define their season and present themselves to the rest of the NFL as a true Super Bowl contender. The Giants beat the Falcons 24-2 in last season’s divisional playoffs, but this time I think the Falcons will score on offense, something they haven’t been able to do in the already mentioned playoff game.
Pick: Falcons 27-26, Result: Falcons 34-0
Against The Spread: Giants (+1.5)

2Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). QB Jay Cutler has been with the Bears since 2009 and he hasn’t been successful in games against the Packers to say the least. In Week 2 of this season he posted a dismal 28.2 passer rating, the Packers are getting healthier on defense and there’s a chance LB Clay Matthews will play this week. Not good news for Bears’ O-line and QB Jay Cutler. Packers will win and clinch NFC North division.
Pick: Packers 23-17, Result: Packers 21-13
Against The Spread: Packers (-2.5)

9Washington Redskins @ Cleveland Browns, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). A chance for the Browns to win 4th straight, the last time they’ve managed to do so was at the end of 2009 season when they finished 5-11 after 1-11 start to the season. The Redskins are 7-6, have won 4 straight and are in the hunt to make the playoffs. No matter who plays at quarterback for Redskins, I think they have a chance to win against Cleveland.
Pick: Redskins 24-20, Result: Redskins 38-21
Against The Spread: Redskins (+2.5)

3Minnesota Vikings @ St. Louis Rams, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). The Rams are another team who’ve won the last 3 games with a chance to make it 4 straight. Unlike the Browns, the Rams have a lot more to play for. Playing against Minnesota who is also in the playoff mix will be tough, but the Rams are at home and have been playing great defense lately, Rams win.
Pick: Rams 23-21, Result: Vikings 36-22
Against The Spread: Vikings (+2.5) 

8Jacksonville Jaguars @ Miami Dolphins, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Dolphins are back home to play another Florida based team, the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars showed some signs of improvement before they played to their 2012 standard again last few weeks. Dolphins aren’t officially out of the playoffs and will want to win this one in front of the home crowd.
Pick: Dolphins 26-16, Result: Dolphins 24-3
Against The Spread: Dolphins (-7.5)

6Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans Saints, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). After a few good games Saints’ defense fell apart last week against the Giants. The Buccaneers have weapons to attack the Saints on the ground and through the air and I don’t think mistake prone Saints can win it this time.
Pick: Buccaneers 30-27, Result: Saints 41-0
Against The Spread: Buccaneers (+3.5)

4Denver Broncos @ Baltimore Ravens, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). This is a game between two division leaders. Broncos already clinched their division but will be playing for better seeding. The Ravens will be a good test for the Broncos but I think QB Joe Flacco, who plays much better at home, will have problems with Denver’s pass rush. Ravens lose and drop to 9-5.
Pick: Broncos 27-24, Result: Broncos 34-17
Against The Spread: Broncos (-2.5)

7Indianapolis Colts @ Houston Texans, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). I bet the Texans can’t wait to get on the field after embarrassing loss to the Patriots on Monday Night. With a win against the Colts Houston can clinch AFC South division. I think they’ll do so pretty comfortably.
Pick: Texans 34-20, Result: Texans 29-17
Against The Spread: Texans (-7.5)

12Seattle Seahawks @ Buffalo Bills, Sunday 4:05 PM (ET). The game will be played in Toronto which kind of takes away home-field advantage from the Bills, still it will be a long trip for the Seahawks. With a win against Chicago the Seahawks proved that they can win on the road and they should have no problems winning against the Bills.
Pick: Seahawks 27-13, Result: Seahawks 50-17
Against The Spread: Seahawks (-5.5)

10Detroit Lions @ Arizona Cardinals, Sunday 4:05 PM (ET). You can’t expect from Arizona to surrender 50+ points again but the Cardinals do have some serious problems. They can’t score and the Lions shouldn’t have problems to score enough to win this game.
Pick: Lions 24-16, Result: Cardinals 38-10
Against The Spread: Lions (-5.5) 

11Carolina Panthers @ San Diego Chargers, Sunday 4:05 PM (ET). I think the Chargers’ win last week against the Steelers doesn’t really show the true value of this team. The Panthers will take advantage of their inconsistency and despite of their good defense the Chargers will fail to score enough points to win against the Panthers.
Pick: Panthers 20-17, Result: Panthers 31-7
Against The Spread: Panthers (+2.5)

13Pittsburgh Steelers @ Dallas Cowboys, Sunday 4:25 PM (ET). Pittsburgh is another team hungry to play this week after a disappointing loss last week. In the past the Steelers showed they can overcome all the distractions surrounding the team and this will be a perfect spot to do it again. Cowboys are fighting for playoff spot too but will have too little to beat the Steelers.
Pick: Steelers 24-19, Result: Cowboys 27-24 (OT)
Against The Spread: Steelers (-1.5)

14Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders, Sunday 4:25 PM (ET). Rivalry matchup between 2-11 Chiefs and 3-10 Raiders. Well, it will be more of a ‘battle’ for higher draft pick. When in doubt, go with a home team, Raiders win and advance to 4-10.
Pick: Raiders 23-20, Result: Raiders 15-0
Against The Spread: Raiders (-2.5)

15San Francisco 49ers @ New England Patriots, Sunday 8:20 PM (ET). I attended the game played at Candlestick 4 years ago. Back then the Patriots visited San Francisco with QB Matt Cassel and beat the 49ers 31-20. A lot has changed since then, but with QB Tom Brady playing at home I think he and his offense will find ways to score points against otherwise stout 49ers’ defense.
Pick: Patriots 31-24, Result: 49ers 41-34
Against The Spread: Patriots (-5.5) 

16New York Jets @ Tennessee Titans, Monday 8:30 PM (ET). It’s hard to believe the Jets still have hope to make the playoffs so late in the season after all we’ve seen from them this year. Could be they’ll extend their playoff hopes with a win against the Titans on Monday Night.
Pick: Jets 20-17, Result: Titans 14-10
Against The Spread: Jets (+1.5)

Week 14 record straight-up: 10-6
Overall: 132-75-1

Against The Spread: 6-10
Overall: 107-101


2012 Week 14 NFL picks

Already Week 14 coming up with additional 4 interconference and 6 divisional games on the schedule. Games within division are always tough to predict, but hopefully I’ll do a lot better than last week when I came away with a dismal 7-9 record. Week 14 will start with one of those division battles on Thursday Night, a game between Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders, here’s my pick for TNF game:

1Denver Broncos @ Oakland Raiders, Thursday 8:20 PM (ET). The Broncos clinched AFC West division title with 7th straight win and will try to extend their winning streak on Thursday Night against the Raiders. Denver is a much better team on both sides of the ball and should get a win. Expect extra effort from the Raiders playing against division rival, but that little extra won’t be enough.
Pick: Broncos 27-17, Result: Broncos 26-13
Against The Spread: Raiders (+10.5)

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Raiderettes reunion
Photo: Tony Gonzales/Raiders.com

8St. Louis Rams @ Buffalo Bills, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). The Rams upset the 49ers last week with an overtime win at home. They played great at home, especially on defense, all season long and maybe it’s time for the Rams to produce also on the road. The Bills will be a tough opponent for the Rams, but I think the Rams will extend their winning streak.
Pick: Rams 24-21, Result: Rams 15-12
Against The Spread: Rams (+3.5)

4Dallas Cowboys @ Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Both teams are well in the hunt for this season’s playoffs which makes this a big interconference game. The Cowboys are on the road for this one so the Bengals should have an advantage. Tough one to predict, could go either way, decided to go with the home team.
Pick: Bengals 23-20, Result: Cowboys 20-19
Against The Spread: Cowboys (+3.5)

9Kansas City Chiefs @ Cleveland Browns, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). The Chiefs managed to win last week after all what happened outside the football field. The Browns are playing at home and playing good enough defense to stop the Chiefs. Going with the home team again in a ‘Brady Quinn Bowl’.
Pick: Browns 17-14, Result: Browns 30-7
Against The Spread: Chiefs (+5.5)

2Tennessee Titans @ Indianapolis Colts, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). The Colts are having the type of season the Bengals had last year. They are in position to make the playoffs and that won’t change after the game against the Titans.
Pick: Colts 28-24, Result: Colts 27-23
Against The Spread: Titans (+5.5) 

7Chicago Bears @ Minnesota Vikings, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). The Bears already beat the Vikings in Week 12. I expect much closer game this time. RB Adrian Peterson is Vikings’ biggest offensive weapon but against the Bears, Vikings will need QB Christian Ponder to lead his team to victory. Easier said than done, Bears will win again thanks to superior defense and special teams unit.
Pick: Bears 26-21, Result: Vikings 21-14
Against The Spread: Bears (-2.5) 

6San Diego Chargers @ Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Looks like Norv Turner era in San Diego is about to end, finally. The Chargers have 4 games left to make the most out of the otherwise forgettable season. It will be difficult to get a win this week against the Steelers who will have QB Ben Roethlisberger back in the lineup.
Pick: Steelers 23-16, Result: Chargers 34-24
Against The Spread: Steelers (-6.5) 

11Philadelphia Eagles @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). This could be a high-scoring game, the Eagles have been a joke on defense but have been able to put some points on the board lately. The Buccaneers still have a chance to make the playoffs and they’ll want to win this game more than the Eagles who probably wish this season could end as quickly as possible.
Pick: Buccaneers 31-27, Result: Eagles 23-21
Against The Spread: Eagles (+7.5)

5Baltimore Ravens @ Washington Redskins, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). This is another big interconference game. Both teams have been battle tested this season with plenty of games played against teams with winning record. I had hard time to decide who should I pick, somehow I think the Ravens will come up with a right plan to defend Redskins’ multiple run formations.
Pick: Ravens 21-20, Result: Redskins 31-28 (OT)
Against The Spread: Ravens (+0.5)

10Atlanta Falcons @ Carolina Panthers, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). The Falcons have already clinched NFC South division and will be looking to secure home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs in the coming weeks. Carolina will try to be only the second team this season to beat Atlanta but it won’t happen, Atlanta wins and advances to 12-1.
Pick: Falcons 30-24, Result: Panthers 30-20
Against The Spread: Falcons (-3.5)

3New York Jets @ Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Jets’ head coach Rex Ryan decided to go back with Mark Sanchez at quarterback which could be good news for the Jaguars. The thing is, Jaguars have plenty of problems of their own that’s why I predict Jets win in another low-scoring game.
Pick: Jets 19-17, Result: Jets 17-10
Against The Spread: Jaguars (+2.5) 

12Miami Dolphins @ San Francisco 49ers, Sunday 4:05 PM (ET). Long trip for the Dolphins to take on the 49ers in what is expected to be low-scoring game. For the 49ers it will be 3rd straight game with Colin Kaepernick as starting quarterback. Kaepernick made some costly mistakes last week against the Rams, the Dolphins on other hand will have rookie offensive lineman in the starting lineup. Home team gets an important win at home.
Pick: 49ers 24-20, Result: 49ers 27-13
Against The Spread: Dolphins (+10.5)

13New Orleans Saints @ New York Giants, Sunday 4:25 PM (ET). Next for the Giants are the Saints with QB Drew Brees who hasn’t lost to the Giants in his career. With Brees, the Saints are 3-0 when playing against the Giants with an average of 42.3 points scored per game. The Saints improved on defense but they’ve been regressing on offense so don’t expect them to score 40 on the Giants this time around. This game won’t be played indoors so I’ll give the edge to the home team, Giants win and advance to 8-5.
Pick: Giants 27-23, Result: Giants 52-27
Against The Spread:  Saints (+5.5)

14Arizona Cardinals @ Seattle Seahawks, Sunday 4:25 PM (ET). No matter who plays quarterback for the Cardinals they don’t stand a chance against the Seahawks who are back home after a huge overtime win against the Bears. This will be 9th straight loss for the Cardinals after a promising 4-0 start.
Pick: Seahawks 23-10, Result: Seahawks 58-0
Against The Spread: Seahawks (-10.5)

15Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers, Sunday 8:20 PM (ET). Both teams have a long list of injured players going into this game. Especially Packers seem to have problems with injuries all season. The 4-8 Lions are out of the playoff race compared to 8-4 Packers who are in the race with Chicago for NFC North division title. Packers win.
Pick: Packers 28-21, Result: Packers 27-20
Against The Spread: Packers (-6.5)

16Houston Texans @ New England Patriots, Monday 8:30 PM (ET). Are you ready for some football? Hopefully this game lives up to the hype as 2 AFC teams battle for home-field advantage in the playoffs. Even without TE Rob Gronkowski, QB Tom Brady has lots of weapons and with solid O-line I think he will have enough time to eventually beat the Texans.
Pick: Patriots 30-27, Result: Patriots 42-14
Against The Spread: Texans (+4.5)

Week 13 record straight-up: 7-9
Overall: 122-69-1

Against The Spread: 8-8
Overall: 101-91


2012 Week 13 NFL picks

With the exception of this week’s Thursday Night Football, all the rest of the regular season games will be played in the month of December. In this final month we will get to see which of 32 NFL teams will also be playing in January. There are 12 playoff spots up for grabs and 5 teams can clinch it in Week 13. Week 13 will start with a division rematch between New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons. Here’s my pick for TNF game:

New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons, Thursday 8:20 PM (ET). There are a lot of things pointing towards Falcons’ win this Thursday Night. The Falcons are playing at home on a short week and would love to revenge the loss earlier in the season against division rival New Orleans Saints who have issues on O-line. The Saints are a desperate team and I’m going against the favorite in this game. I think Saints get the win and extend their slim chances to make the playoffs.
Pick: Saints 28-26, Result: Falcons 23-13
Against The Spread: Saints (+3.5)

Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Jaguars @ BillsJacksonville Jaguars @ Buffalo Bills, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Jacksonville has played much better over the past couple of weeks with solid performances of QB Chad Henne. The Bills will try to slow down the Jaguars and pound the ground against their suspect run defense. Difficult to decide but I’ll go with a home team with a better running game.
Pick: Bills 28-23, Result: Bills 34-18
Against The Spread: Jaguars (+6.5)

Seahawks @ BearsSeattle Seahawks @ Chicago Bears, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Tough task for the 6-5 Seahawks to beat the Bears on the road. Seahawks are 1-5 this season in games away from home and Chicago’s defense plays great, especially at home. Bears win and stay on top of NFC North division.
Pick: Bears 24-20, Result: Seahawks 23-17 (OT)
Against The Spread: Seahawks (+4.5) 

Colts @ LionsIndianapolis Colts @ Detroit Lions, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). The Indianapolis Colts improved a lot in Andrew Luck’s first season as a pro. Still, I don’t think they are as good as their record shows. They’ve played much better at home than on the road and I can see them lose this one on the road against Detroit Lions.
Pick: Lions 23-20, Result: Colts 35-33
Against The Spread: Colts (+4.5)

8Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). With a loss against defending champions NY Giants, the Packers dropped from 1st to 2nd place in NFC North division. If they want to win the division they can’t afford to lose against division rival Minnesota Vikings. With healthier receivers look for the Packers to bounce back with a win against the Vikings.
Pick: Packers 30-21, Result: Packers 23-14
Against The Spread: Vikings (+9.5) 

7Houston Texans @ Tennessee Titans, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). The Texans allowed 34 points per game in their last 2 games, but have played extremely well on offense. With a few extra days of rest Houston should get another win against the Titans who didn’t look good against the Jaguars last week.
Pick: Texans 26-20, Result: Texans 24-10
Against The Spread: Texans (-5.5) 

10Carolina Panthers @ Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Kansas City Chiefs – the worst team in the NFL are shocked with sad news coming out of Arrowhead facilities. The Chiefs can’t produce anything on offense lately and I think this tragedy won’t help them a bit. The only reason I think this could be a close game is because Kansas City plays at home and Chiefs’ defense showed last week they can play solid football.
Pick: Panthers 23-21, Result: Chiefs 27-21
Against The Spread: Chiefs (+3.5)

6San Francisco 49ers @ St.Louis Rams, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). The Rams and the 49ers tied in a game played in San Francisco back in Week 10. For the 49ers it felt more like a loss and they would like to get a win against the Rams who are also 3-0-1 within NFC West. With a more dynamic offense and improved run defense the 49ers should return from St. Louis with a win and advance to 9-2-1 for the season.
Pick: 49ers 27-17, Result: Rams 16-13 (OT)
Against The Spread: 49ers (-7.5)

3New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). The Patriots are averaging 47.5 points in the last 4 games and are on pace to break NFL record for most points scored in a single season. The Dolphins have been an up-and-down team lately and I’m not sure if they can beat the Patriots at home. They might limit them to ‘just’ 30 points but in the end New England will have too much for the Dolphins.
Pick: Patriots 31-23, Result: Patriots 23-16
Against The Spread: Patriots (-7.5)

9Arizona Cardinals @ New York Jets, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). I think it’s safe to say the Jets aren’t playing great football but they should have enough to beat the Cardinals who seem to have even bigger issues at quarterback. I anticipate low-scoring game in which home team gets the win.
Pick: Jets 20-16, Result: Jets 7-6
Against The Spread: Cardinals (+4.5)

11Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Denver Broncos, Sunday 4:05 PM (ET). A tough spot to play for the Buccaneers who are used to play at much lower altitude when playing at home. The Bucs do have a weapon to battle good Denver’s defense and that’s their ground game. The Bucs could be dangerous if they can jump to a big lead early in the game. That’s a big if, with a win the Broncos will clinch AFC West division title.
Pick: Broncos 27-23, Result: Broncos 31-23
Against The Spread: Buccaneers (+6.5) 

12Cleveland Browns @ Oakland Raiders, Sunday 4:25 PM (ET). A battle of two 3-8 teams probably isn’t a game an average NFL fan would be excited about. The Raiders lost 4 straight and will be looking to end the streak with a win at home. The Browns are 0-5 on the road this season and had to travel cross-country. I’m going with a home team in this one, Raiders win.
Pick: Raiders 30-27, Result: Browns 20-17
Against The Spread: Raiders (-0.5)

13Cincinnati Bengals @ San Diego Chargers, Sunday 4:25 PM (ET). After they’ve won 3 straight, the Bengals are scheduled to play the Chargers who lost 3 straight. The Chargers are an underdog in this one which explains a lot about Norv Turner’s team. Somehow I think the Chargers will limit their mistakes and win at home after an overtime loss to the Ravens last week.
Pick: Chargers 20-17, Result: Bengals 20-13
Against The Spread: Chargers (+1.5)

14Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Ravens, Sunday 4:25 PM (ET). QB Ben Roethlisberger is ruled out and won’t be ready to play against the Ravens. QB Joe Flacco will play for the Ravens and he’s been much better when playing at home. Baltimore vs Pittsburgh are almost always close games despite all the circumstances, and I think this one will be no different.
Pick: Ravens 24-21, Result: Steelers 23-20
Against The Spread: Steelers (+6.5)

15Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas Cowboys, Sunday 8:20 PM (ET). QB Tony Romo must feel pretty pleased he has to face Eagles this week. In the last 5 games, Eagles’ defense allowed opposing QBs to post 120+ passer rating. That’s an unbelievable fact, look for the Cowboys to have a big day on offense against Philadelphia.
Pick: Cowboys 28-17, Result: Cowboys 38-33
Against The Spread: Cowboys (-9.5)

16New York Giants @ Washington Redskins, Monday 8:30 PM (ET). The Giants are winning again when it counts. That was a great performance against the Packers in Week 12. With a win against Redskins on Monday Night they can get a step closer of clinching NFC East division. In Week 7 the Redskins came close and almost upset the Giants, could be another close game in which the Giants will come out victorious again.
Pick: Giants 24-23, Result: Redskins 17-16
Against The Spread: Redskins (+2.5)

Week 12 record straight-up: 11-5
Overall: 115-60-1

Against The Spread: 9-7
Overall: 93-83


2012 Week 12 NFL picks

All 32 NFL teams already had their bye week and have played 10 out of 16 regular season games. Week 12 will start with 3 games on Thanksgiving, 2 early games and 1 night game in primetime. I’ll post the rest of my picks for Week 12 later on, but first, here are my picks for 3 Thanksgiving games:

Houston Texans @ Detroit Lions, Thursday 12:30 PM (ET). The Lions are at home for an early Thanksgiving game. Normally that should be a big advantage, but not for Detroit. The Lions are 0-8 in last 8 seasons. Schedule is one of the reasons for Lions’ poor record over the past 8 thanksgiving games as they’ve faced opponents with a 60-21 combined record. This year is no different, coming up for the Lions, 9-1 Houston Texans.
Pick: Texans 24-20, Result: Texans 34-31 (OT)
Against The Spread: Texans (-3.5) 

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Washington Redskins @ Dallas Cowboys, Thursday 4:15 PM (ET). Last year Dallas came away with a 20-19 win over the Miami Dolphins on Thanksgiving. I expect another close game this year when the Cowboys meet division rival Washington Redskins. RGIII will enjoy all the attention he’ll get on Thursday and will try to lead his team to a victory. QB Tony Romo is 5-0 on Thanksgiving games and I think he will improve to 6-0.
Pick: Cowboys 27-24, Result: Redskins 38-31
Against The Spread: Redskins (+3.5)

New England Patriots @ New York Jets, Thursday 8:20 PM (ET). Patriots scored 45, 37, and 59 points in their last 3 games, but before that the Jets held them to ‘just’ 29 points and forced them to play overtime at home. This time its New York with a home-field advantage. Still, the Jets don’t have enough on offense to win in the end, but will again play hard and keep this game close.
Pick: Patriots 28-21, Result: Patriots 49-19
Against The Spread: Patriots (-6.5)

Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago Bears, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). I will assume QB Jay Cutler gets cleared and will play on Sunday. With him in the lineup Bears have a chance to win. Also look for Chicago’s defense to rebound after poor MNF performance. RB Adrian Peterson will have his day but eventually it will be QB Christian Ponder who’ll have to make plays and I’m not sure he will have success against Bears’ defense.
Pick: Bears 23-17, Result: Bears 28-10
Against The Spread: Bears (-5.5)

Oakland Raiders @ Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). I expect both quarterbacks to have a big day in this matchup. QB Carson Palmer will be extra motivated against his former team but it will be QB Andy Dalton who’ll have bigger day against Raiders’ defense with WR A.J. Green on his side.
Pick: Bengals 34-24, Result: Bengals 34-10
Against The Spread: Bengals (-7.5) 

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cleveland Browns, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). The Browns lost a lot of games this season, but have been competitive in each game. Steelers will be without starting QB again and will have plenty of problems against Cleveland who plays solid on both sides of the ball. For the Browns this must be their highlight of the season. I’m going with a home team to upset the Steelers.
Pick: Browns 20-17, Result: Browns 20-14
Against The Spread: Browns (+3.5)  

Buffalo Bills @ Indianapolis Colts, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). The Colts are completely different team at home than on the road and so are the Bills. Both offenses will have success in this game but it is Indianapolis who will have home-field advantage. The Colts are due for a rebound after an embarrassing loss to New England in Week 11.
Pick: Colts 31-28, Result: Colts 20-13
Against The Spread: Bills (+3.5)

Denver Broncos @ Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). QB Peyton Manning on one side and Brady Quinn on the other… The way the Chiefs are playing at the moment they really don’t stand a change against Denver Broncos. Behind QB Peyton Manning the Broncos will get their 6th straight victory and advance to 8-3.
Pick: Broncos 30-17, Result: Broncos 17-9
Against The Spread: Broncos (-10.5) 

Seattle Seahawks @ Miami Dolphins, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Seattle Seahawks play much better at home than on the road and now have to travel cross-country to play early game in South Florida. That’s always tough to do, but the Seahawks had a chance to rest and prepare during bye week which will compensate for a long trip. Miami hasn’t played good lately and will have hard time scoring against Seattle’s defense.
Pick: Seahawks 23-13, Result: Dolphins 24-21
Against The Spread: Seahawks (-2.5) 

Atlanta Falcons @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). With a 6-4 record Buccaneers are in a Wild-Card playoff race but have little chances to win NFC South division. Still, they will be a tough opponent for Atlanta who had a great start to the 2012 season but hasn’t played as good lately. QB Matt Ryan probably won’t duplicate his bad Week 11 performance. With lots of receiving weapons the Falcons should beat the Bucs and advance to 10-1.
Pick: Falcons 31-24, Result: Falcons 24-23 
Against The Spread: Falcons (-0.5)

Tennessee Titans @ Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). The Jaguars surprisingly showed some life on offense, what’s even more surprising is that it came against Houston’s defense. It will be interesting to see if the Jaguars can keep it up this week against the Titans. It will be close but I’m going with the Titans and their balanced offense.
Pick: Titans 34-30, Result: Jaguars 24-19
Against The Spread: Titans (-2.5) 

Baltimore Ravens @ San Diego Chargers, Sunday 4:05 PM (ET). Remember last season’s 34-14 loss the Ravens took against the Chargers? The Ravens probably remember it too well which must be bad news for the Chargers. QB Joe Flacco has a history of bad play on the road but this time I think he gets it done with a little bit of help from RB Ray Rice.
Pick: Ravens 27-24, Result: Ravens 16-13 (OT)
Against The Spread: Ravens (-0.5)

San Francisco 49ers @ New Orleans Saints, Sunday 4:25 PM (ET). After a rough start the Saints are playing much better and have improved on defense. Next for the Saint are the 49ers who beat up the Bears on MNF. Saints have a much better O-line and QB Drew Brees is no Jason Campbell either. Tough spot for the 49ers who will have hard time containing Brees and Co.
Pick: Saints 26-24, Result: 49ers 31-21
Against The Spread: Saints (+1.5)

St.Louis Rams @ Arizona Cardinals, Sunday 4:25 PM (ET). This should be a low-scoring game between 2 NFC West teams who are playing much better on defense than on offense. After a 4-0 start Arizona lost 6 straight and I can’t see how Cardinals can improve, at least not with Ryan Lindley at quarterback.
Pick: Rams 17-16, Result: Rams 31-17
Against The Spread: Rams (+2.5)

Green Bay Packers @ New York Giants, Sunday 8:20 PM (ET). An important game for both teams. Packers need to win this game to stay on top of NFC North division. Giants are coming off a bye week and will look to get back on track after a couple of bad performances. The Packers will look to get some revenge for last season’s playoff loss and I think they’ll get some.
Pick: Packers 31-27, Result: Giants 38-10
Against The Spread: Packers (+2.5)

Carolina Panthers @ Philadelphia Eagles, Monday 8:30 PM (ET). When it’s all said and done in Week 12 in the NFL we’ll get to see 2-8 Panthers against 3-7 Eagles play on MNF. Not a lot of people will want to see this game between 2 teams who constantly underperformed this season. Assuming there won’t be another tie, I’m picking the Panthers to win this one on the road.
Pick: Panthers 24-21, Result: Panthers 30-22
Against The Spread: Panthers (+2.5)

Week 11 record straight-up: 11-3
Overall: 104-55-1

Against The Spread: 7-7
Overall: 84-76


2012 Week 11 NFL picks

This week we’ll see 7 division clashes starting with the battle between Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills on Thursday Night. I’ll post my picks later this week, first here’s my pick for Thursday Night Football game:

Miami Dolphins @ Buffalo Bills, Thursday 8:20 PM (ET). After 4-3 start Miami lost 2 straight and is back under 0.500 mark with little chances of making the playoffs. There are still plenty of games left, the first one against division rival Buffalo Bills. Bills lost 3 straight and will try to end their losing streak. I had hard time to decide, but I’ll go with team with better defense.
Pick: Dolphins 27-24, Result: Bills 19-14
Against The Spread: Dolphins (+1.5)

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Arizona Cardinals @ Atlanta Falcons, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Last week Atlanta Falcons lost for the first time this season. Cardinals on the other hand are coming off a bye week and will be ready to play especially on defense. Unfortunately for Arizona Cardinals they will have too little on offense to upset Atlanta.
Pick: Falcons 24-16, Result: Falcons 23-19
Against The Spread: Cardinals (+9.5)

Cleveland Browns @ Dallas Cowboys, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). After an important win on the road against division rival, Dallas is back home to face a tough Cleveland team. The Browns had an extra week to prepare for this game during a bye week. Mr.November an the rest of the Cowboys should have enough to beat the Browns but it won’t be easy.
Pick: Cowboys 26-20, Result: Cowboys 23-20 (OT)
Against The Spread: Browns (+7.5)

Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Lions lost a must-win game last week against Minnesota. Detroit now have to face Green Bay Packers who have plenty of players on injury list but will come out of their bye week a bit healthier. QB Aaron Rodgers is experienced enough to lead his team to another victory.
Pick: Packers 30-23, Result: Packers 24-20
Against The Spread: Packers (-3.5)

Cincinnati Bengals @ Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Bengals finally won a game against a team with winning record. Last week they beat the Giants in surprisingly comfortable fashion. This is a potential trap game for Cincinnati. The Chiefs showed last Monday Night that they can play solid defense but somehow always find a way to lose a game.
Pick: Bengals 20-17, Result: Bengals 28-6
Against The Spread: Chiefs (+3.5) 

New York Jets @ St.Louis Rams, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Last week Rams had a chance to steal one in San Francisco but had to settle for a tie. Still, Rams have to feel pretty good about the way they’ve played the majority of last week’s game and will have the confidence needed to beat the Jets at home. WR Danny Amendola is back from injury and Rams play much better when he’s in the lineup.
Pick: Rams 23-13, Result: Jets 27-13
Against The Spread: Rams (-3.5)  

Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Redskins, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Washington is the 4th team this season, the Eagles have to face, who had two weeks to prepare to play Philadelphia. The Redskins had a week off and will be at home facing the Eagles and their rookie QB Nick Foles. Redskins should have the edge in this game with a rookie QB of their own who has a lot more experience in the NFL.
Pick: Redskins 27-24, Result: Redskins 31-6
Against The Spread: Eagles (+3.5)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Carolina Panthers, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Back in Week 1 the Buccaneers limited the Panthers who managed to score just 10 points. QB Cam Newton had 300+ passing yards game which wasn’t enough for a win. This week I expect a lot more points to be scored, but it will be Tampa Bay again who will be on top.
Pick: Buccaneers 31-26, Result: Buccaneers 27-21 (OT)
Against The Spread: Buccaneers (-1.5) 

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston Texans, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). The Texans are again big favorites to win in this game. I have no doubts that they will win and advance to 9-1. Houston is also 3-0 ATS so far in the season when favored by 10+ points. Maybe they can beat double-digit spread for the 4th time this season.
Pick: Texans 27-9, Result: Texans 43-37 (OT)
Against The Spread: Texans (-15.5) 

New Orleans Saints @ Oakland Raiders, Sunday 4:05 PM (ET). Another potential trap game for a visiting team this week. After an important win against division rival the Saints now have to travel West to play the Raiders. In the past Oakland showed they can hung in games till the end and I think they’ll do it again.
Pick: Saints 31-28, Result: Saints 38-17
Against The Spread: Raiders (+4.5)

San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos, Sunday 4:25 PM (ET). In Week 6 on MNF Chargers blew a 24-0 halftime lead. Broncos ended up winning that game 35-24 and will be looking to beat the Chargers for the second time this season.  San Diego won’t go down without a fight but I think Denver has the better and more efficient QB which will eventually be the difference.
Pick: Broncos 27-23, Result Broncos 30-23
Against The Spread: Chargers (+7.5) 

Indianapolis Colts @ New England Patriots, Sunday 4:25 PM (ET). With a 6-3 record Indianapolis currently holds wild-card playoff spot. They’ve won 4 straight and have to face another 6-3 team – New England Patriots. Colts haven’t played as good on the road and they’ll get some sort of reality check this Sunday.
Pick: Patriots 34-21, Result: Patriots 59-24
Against The Spread: Patriots (-9.5)

Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday 8:20 PM (ET). I was looking forward to see this fight for division title between Ravens and Steelers. With QB Ben Roethlisberger out I don’t think Steelers have a chance to win the game even if it is played in Pittsburgh.
Pick: Ravens 23-16, Result: Ravens 13-10
Against The Spread: Ravens (+3.5)

Chicago Bears @ San Francisco 49ers, Monday 8:30 PM (ET). The Bears starting QB Jay Cutler is out and 49ers listed QB Alex Smith as questionable for Monday Night. Both teams have great defenses which will make life difficult for whomever starts the game at QB. This game could be decided by plays on special teams. It will be a battle for field position all night and I can see Bears win this battle thanks to their superior special teams unit.
Pick: Bears 17-13, Result: 49ers 32-7
Against The Spread: Bears (+4.5)

Bye Week: Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans

Week 10 record straight-up: 8-5-1
Overall: 93-52-1

Against The Spread: 6-8
Overall: 77-69


2012 Week 10 NFL picks

There are 5 interconference matchups on schedule in Week 10, but non bigger than a Sunday Night clash between Houston Texans and Chicago Bears at Soldier Field, Chicago. NFC currently holds a 23-13 record against teams from AFC and we will see if the NFC can maintain its dominance over AFC. Week 10 starts on Thursday Night with a division game between Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars. My pick for Thursday Night Football game:

Indianapolis Colts @ Jacksonville Jaguars, Thursday 8:20 PM (ET). The Jaguars managed to win only one game this season and they did it against the Colts in Week 3. This time around Jacksonville will be without RB Maurice-Jones Drew which will help Indianapolis focus on pass defense more than they could afford if MJD was in the lineup. It’s a short week on the road for the Colts but they will get a win and advance to 6-3.
Pick: Colts 24-16, Result: Colts 27-10
Against The Spread: Colts (-3.5)

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New York Giants @ Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Last week the Bengals lost to Denver and QB Peyton Manning, this time they’ll have to face his younger brother Eli who hasn’t played good lately. Against Bengals’ defense there’s a good chance he’ll play much better. The Giants have too much offense for Cincinnati and should win this one on the road.
Pick: Giants 27-22, Result: Bengals 31-13
Against The Spread: Giants (-4.5)

Tennessee Titans @ Miami Dolphins, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Miami Dolphins have played exceptionally good on defense and with Tennessee coming to town they might have their best offensive performance of this season. Rookie QB Ryan Tannehill could have his best game so far. With a win at home the Dolphins will get back above 0.500.
Pick: Dolphins 27-20, Result: Titans 37-3
Against The Spread: Dolphins (-6.5)

Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Minnesota managed to beat the Lions earlier this season in Week 4 thanks to 2 return touchdowns on special teams. Vikings averaged only 19 point per game in their last 3 games. Look for the Lions to get revenge and beat the Vikings away from home.
Pick: Lions 28-23, Result: Vikings 34-24
Against The Spread: Lions (-2.5)

Buffalo Bills @ New England Patriots, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). I really don’t see how could the Bills win in this game on the road against division rival. The question is, can the Patriots cover the spread? Already twice this season the Patriots were double-digit point favorites and in both cases they didn’t cover the spread.
Pick: Patriots 29-20, Result: Patriots 37-31
Against The Spread: Bills (+11.5)

Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Last week I picked Dallas to beat the Falcons to end their winning streak. This week I just can’t go against the Falcons. The players still remember the show Saints put on in a record-breaking game by QB Drew Brees last season. Saints’ problems on defense didn’t disappeared over last few days, Falcons advance to 9-0.
Pick: Falcons 27-24, Result: Saints 31-27
Against The Spread: Falcons (-2.5) 

San Diego Chargers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Chargers had few extra days to prepare for their cross-country trip to Florida. Just like the Raiders they get to play early game which is a big disadvantage for West Coast teams. The Bucs will take advantage of their balanced offense but this game could be a lot closer than many people think.
Pick: Buccaneers 26-23, Result: Buccaneers 34-24
Against The Spread: Chargers (+3.5)

Denver Broncos @ Carolina Panthers, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). In their last 3 games the Broncos scored more than 30 points. They’ll probably score 30+ again against the Panthers. QB Cam Newton and the Panthers will try to keep up but they won’t outscore the Broncos.
Pick: Broncos 30-23, Result: Broncos 36-14
Against The Spread: Broncos (-3.5)

Oakland Raiders @ Baltimore Ravens, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Raiders have to travel cross-country for a 1PM ET game for the 3rd time this season. The last time they travelled far East they almost upset the Falcons. This time they’ll be without RB Darren McFadden and I don’t think QB Carson Palmer and the rest of the Raiders can pull an upset without their top running back in the lineup.
Pick: Ravens 27-17, Result: Ravens 55-20
Against The Spread: Ravens (-7.5)

New York Jets @ Seattle Seahawks, Sunday 4:05 PM (ET). The Seahawks have yet to lose a game at home so far in the season, they are 4-0 in front of their home crowd. It will be tough for the Jets to get a win out of Seattle with their awful passing attack.
Pick: Seahawks 24-16, Result: Seahawks 28-7 
Against The Spread: Seahawks (-6.5)

Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday 4:25 PM (ET). Division game between two similar teams with a 3-5 record. Both teams can’t afford another loss, especially against division rival. Hard to decide who will end up victorious, maybe it’s the Cowboys who will make fewer mistakes.
Pick: Cowboys 24-17, Result: Cowboys 38-23
Against The Spread: Cowboys (+1.5) 

St.Louis Rams @ San Francisco 49ers, Sunday 4:25 PM (ET). The Rams and the 49ers are both coming off a bye week. The Rams lost big against the Patriots in London and they probably won’t allow 40+ points against 49ers’ offense but they also won’t score many points against 49ers’ defense.
Pick: 49ers 23-10, Result: Tie 24-24 (OT)
Against The Spread: 49ers (-11.5)

Houston Texans @ Chicago Bears, Sunday 8:20 PM (ET). Game of the week between two 7-1 teams. This is also the only game this week with both teams holding a winning record. Both teams also play great defense and it should be a close low-scoring game.
Pick: Bears 19-16, Result: Texans 13-6
Against The Spread: Bears (-1.5)

Kansas City Chiefs @ Pittsburgh Steelers, Monday 8:30 PM (ET). It’s been a long time since the Steelers played the Chiefs at home. Back in 2006 the Steelers were favored by 6.5 points against the Chiefs and won big, 45-7. Todd Haley would love it if something similar happens on Monday Night.
Pick: Steelers 31-17, Result: Steelers 16-13 (OT)
Against The Spread: Steelers (-12.5)

Bye Week: Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Washington Redskins

Week 9 record straight-up: 9-5
Overall: 85-47

Against The Spread: 8-6
Overall: 71-61