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  • Council of the Learned 2012: Week Twelve NFL Picks



    12th Week

    It’s the time of year we all should be thankful. I give thanks to the readers, Ron Rivera’s ineptitude and the long decline of Norv. It’s time for me to tell the fans of each team what they should be thankful for.

    Thursday, Nov. 22

    Houston at Detroit 12:30 p.m- Houston fans, you should be thankful for Wade Phillips and the only $8 million contract to a running back that might work out. Detroit fans, be thankful for Megatron and the hopes that a high pick will help the secondary. PICK: (HOU 7-2)

    Washington at Dallas, 4:25 p.m- Redskins fans, you should be thankful that you are better than the Eagles and RGIII just might be worth it. Dallas fans, um…uh, be thankful to be talked about a couple more weeks until the Giants surge their way back into the playoffs. And, Jason Garrett might not be around next season. PICK: (DAL 6-3)

    New England at N.Y. Jets, 8:20 p.m- New England fans, you should be thankful that no one has to tell you what to be thankful for. Jets fans, be thankful that you have never had to be around for some embarrassing speech by Tebow before he runs five and a half feet. PICK: (NE 9-0)

    Sunday, Nov. 25

    Minnesota at Chicago, 1 p.m- Minnesota, you have an absolutely terrifying freak of nature in the backfield. Chicago fans, you should be thankful that none of those prime time games the Bears lost were a playoff game. PICK: (CHI 8-1)

    Oakland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m- Raiders fan, you should be thankful that you may get a new quarterback next year and his name will not be J’Marcus Russell II. Bengals fans, it is time to be thankful for nailing the 2011 draft and for having the best receiver in the AFC. PICK: (CIN 9-0)

    Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 1 p.m- Steelers fans, you should be thankful that the Browns did not get Mike Tomlin with Haslam. Cleveland fans…..give thanks that Ron Rivera is slightly worse in game management than Pat Shurmur. PICK: (CLE 7-2)

    Buffalo at Indianapolis, 1 p.m- Bills fans should be thankful that they do not have the facial hair of Ryan Fitzpatrick. Colts fans should be thankful that their secondary cannot get worse; it just can’t. PICK: (IND 8-1)

    Tennessee at Jacksonville, 1 p.m- Fans of the Titans should be thankful that Kenny Britt has not been arrested during the season. Jags fans should be thankful that Londoners will soon share their misery. Yes, the misery will be on two continents soon. No other team can say that. Quiet Bills fans, your Toronto stuff doesn’t count. PICK: (TEN 8-1)

    Denver at Kansas City, 1 p.m- I suggest the idea that I do not need to tell Denver fans what to be thankful for. Chiefs fans, you should be thankful that the season will be over soon. PICK: (DEN 9-0)

    Seattle at Miami, 1 p.m- Seattle fans should be thankful that the success of the team that is allowing the media to ignore the Whitehurst and Flynn off-season follies. Miami fans, you should thank the Bills and Jets for playing as badly as they have been playing. PICK: (SEA 5-4)

    Atlanta at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m- Yes, Falcons fans, we know you are a paper tiger. Still, isn’t it better to have a consistently good team for the first time in….say, …forever? Bucs fans, you should be thankful that Josh Freeman cares about football again. PICK: (TB 8-1)

    Baltimore at San Diego, 4:05 p.m- Ravens fans, you should be thankful that the offense is good enough now that Cam Cameron doesn’t screw it up so bad anymore that they lose games. Yes, he still stinks, but Boldin and Smith have been great. Chargers fans need to be thankful that the laughable hubris from A.J. Smith is about to be silenced. PICK: (BAL 7-2)

    St. Louis at Arizona, 4:25 p.m- Jeff Fisher is making the Rams competitive again and will have this off-season to put a bigger stamp on the team. Cards fans should be thankful that even if the line gets all their quarterbacks hurt, the team can find guys just as good off the street. PICK: (ARI 5-4)

    San Francisco at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m- The Niners are another team that nailed the 2011 draft. Even if Alex Smith fails, it is still time to be thankful for the possibilities that will be created when Jim Harbaugh can think about his Nevada QB full-time. Saints fans, you should be thankful to be talked about right now after the team’s start. PICK: (SF 8-1)

    Green Bay at N.Y. Giants-x, 8:20 p.m- Green Bay fans that aren’t thankful for Aaron Rodgers need to stop watching football. Those people will never be thankful. Giants fans should be thankful that a mid-season swoon bodes well for recent playoff success. PICK: (GB 7-2)

    Monday, Nov. 26

    Carolina at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m- You Panther fans should be thankful that no one will be talking about your team at all this week. Not about Cam’s awfulness or Rivera’s world of suck. Not at all. Eagles fans should be thankful that their offensive line will be just fine when the players are healthy again. PICK: (CAR 6-3)

    LAST WEEK: 13-1
    SEASON: 103-56-1 (64.7%)

    Comments 19 Comments
    1. ScottDCP's Avatar
      Houston
      Dallas
      New England
      Minnesota
      Oakland
      Cleveland
      Buffalo
      Tennessee
      Denver
      Miami
      Atlanta
      Baltimore
      St Louis
      New Orleans
      Green Bay
      Philly
    1. Trumpetbdw's Avatar
      I am shocked by some of these picks this week.

      ATD-

      Detroit over Houston. Detroit is by far and away the more desperate team, they're used to the short Thanksgiving turnaround, and have been very good against the run. Underreported fact is that Houston, while they run a lot, have not been nearly as efficient running the ball this year. Arian Foster is only averaging 3.8 YPC, and really struggled last week vs. Jacksonville.

      Minnesota over Chicago. Adrian Peterson averages 100+ and 1.5 TDs vs. Chicago in his career. If Cutler plays, I can see a Chicago rebound, but the continued possibility that Jason Campbell gets the start gives me enough pause to take Minnesota. The Bears aren't beating anyone with Jason Campbell.

      Pittsburgh over Cleveland. So other than the Steelers guys, you're all on the Browns? Charlie Batch is a better fit for this offense than Leftwich. Plus, Pat Shurmur is still the HC in Cleveland, right? Pittsburgh certainly isn't winning a Super Bowl without Roethlisberger, but everyone needs to relax. They'll be fine.

      San Diego over Baltimore. Beating the Steelers, traveling cross country, then coming back to face the Steelers again makes this a trap game for Baltimore. Plus, Flaccid is a 50% passer on the road.

      St. Louis over Arizona. I'm ATD on this game? 5 people are riding Ryan Lindley and a returning Beanie Wells?

      New Orleans over San Francisco. I think everyone is overreacting to what they saw from SF last week. Kaepernick looks fantastic, and is the wild card for this teams' future, but he's now going on the road against a team with the firepower to score. In NO, anyone picking SF and Kaepernick, who I'll remind is making only his 2nd start, has to be expecting 31+ points. I can't buy that.

      New York over Green Bay. The Giants at home in yet another 'nobody believes in us' game with an extra week to prepare. I like the Giants in a shootout.


      Sidebar- I picked Tampa, but am shocked that we're 8-1 on that game. But Matt Berry on espn shared an interesting stat. While Atl has been excellent against the pass this year, they are the 2nd worst in completion% allowed outside the numbers, and have given up the 6th most amount of big plays outside the numbers. Tampa, meanwhile, is one of only 2 teams to have 2 WRs both in the top 20 in targets outside the numbers. Combined with Atlanta's poor numbers against the run, there's a lot to like about Tampa this week.

      And while I officially picked Carolina, the fact is, when Carolina and Philly meet on Monday night, we all lose. All we can hope for is some epic game-management magic from Ron Rivera and Andy Reid. If all goes well, we could have our first ever post game dual firing.
    1. vancemeek's Avatar
      I was ATD on Miami (Seattle is just not that good away from home, and Miami is due) and Philly (I don't think they'll lose every game, and Carolina is one they might win by accident).
    1. SpartaChris's Avatar
      There were a couple games this week that felt a little too difficult to call.

      Minnesota at Chicago- I'm still not sure if Minnesota is legitimately good this season or not. Part of me feels like they've mostly been the beneficiary of playing some soft teams in the first half of the season, save for San Francisco who seems to be taht good team that has a bad game. Chicago's offense has been ranging anywhere from underwhelming to terrible, and while I don't expect Chicago's defense to lay another egg again this weekend, I also don't believe the trend of uber dominance they've displayed for the most part this season can continue. Ultimately I went with Chicago, but I wouldn't be surprised if Minnesota pulled it out.

      Pittsburgh at Cleveland- I chose Pittsburgh based purely on history, but I'm close to changing my pick to The Factory of Sadness. Cleveland is one of those teams who have a tendency to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, and the Steelers are one of the most mentally tough teams in the NFL.

      St. Louis at Arizona- Two teams battling for mediocrity. I took St. Louis because Sam Bradford is better than anyone on AZ's roster, and he's banging a Victorias Secret model, but Arizona's defense is pretty stout and they're playing at home.

      Green Bay at NY Giants- The Giants are coming off a bye week and are eager to rinse the bad taste of their last game out of their mouths, and the Packers are beat up. I know the Packers sacked Matt Stafford 5 times last weekend without Clay Matthews, but I'm not sure if that's a one game wonder, or if Capers has found a way to be creative with the guys he has. I don't expect the Giants to respect the Packers run game, because, what run game? I also think the Giants will be able to bring pressure rushing only 3 or 4, which is going to neutralize the Packers passing attack. I think this will be a close one with the nod ultimately going to New York.
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      I'm surprised that Cleveland is so heavily favored. I picked them too. But Pitt has always fought hard when given a crappy QB. I'd a thunk a few might have been swayed by that.

      Miami-Seattle is a complete toss-up.

      I guess everyone who picked Chicago is convinced that Cutler will play. If he doesn't, Minnesota is an easy pick. I believe I'm the one who took them, can't remember tho.

      I'm sure it seems like the Falcons haven't had a consistently good team in forever. But in fact, they have. Playoff appearances in 2008, 2010 and 2011. Conference championship game in 2004. Second round of playoffs in 2002, beating Green Bay at Lambeau. Super Bowl in 1998. They're undone by their inconsistency, usually flailing after each playoff year. But this lightly-regarded franchise has actually seen quite a bit of playoff football.
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by wxwax View Post
      I guess everyone who picked Chicago is convinced that Cutler will play. If he doesn't, Minnesota is an easy pick. I believe I'm the one who took them, can't remember tho.
      Cutler is playing. If he doesn't, you can just put me on the short list for a new liver. I can't go through another year like last ones.
    1. mkocs6's Avatar
      I'm after the dash with St. Louis only. I'm with Trumpet and Wax in that I'm surprised we broke so decisively in favor of Cleveland and Tampa Bay. People just aren't buying what the Falcons are selling.

      With respect to Trumpet, even if Charlie Batch is a better fit for Pittsburgh than Leftwich, he's still just Charlie Batch. Cleveland have outplayed each of its last five opponents, and should have at least three more wins than they do on the season. They get their rivals at home for the first game they'll play all season with their real defense. The offense--and it does have talent, if you haven't seen them--has yet to put together a complete game, and I think this might be the moment.
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      6, I will give you credit for unquenchable optimism re: the Browns. Is your middle name Pollyanne? (I picked them too.)
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by iwatt View Post
      Cutler is playing. If he doesn't, you can just put me on the short list for a new liver. I can't go through another year like last ones.
      I hope it's not too soon. I can't forget how Chris Miller ended his career. Or Staubach.
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by mkocs6 View Post
      They get their rivals at home for the first game they'll play all season with their real defense. The offense--and it does have talent, if you haven't seen them--has yet to put together a complete game, and I think this might be the moment.
      All true. MY Rebbuttals are simple:

      1) Pat Shurmur vs Mike Tomlin.
      2) Dick Jauron vs Todd Haley

      Those might not be as unevenhanded, but the real reason:

      3) Brad Childress vs Dick Lebau.

      God hates Cleveland...
    1. mkocs6's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by wxwax View Post
      6, I will give you credit for unquenchable optimism re: the Browns. Is your middle name Pollyanne? (I picked them too.)
      You think this is optimism? I just display the kind of confidence that seems appropriate when things are going very badly.
    1. mkocs6's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by iwatt View Post
      All true. MY Rebbuttals are simple:

      1) Pat Shurmur vs Mike Tomlin.
      2) Dick Jauron vs Todd Haley

      Those might not be as unevenhanded, but the real reason:

      3) Brad Childress vs Dick Lebau.

      God hates Cleveland...
      ...to be fair, I think Jauron versus Haley is kind of a wash. Your other points are well-taken, though.
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by mkocs6 View Post
      You think this is optimism? I just display the kind of confidence that seems appropriate when things are going very badly.
      I sure do! Most supporters of a 2-8 team on a two-game losing streak don't speak in such positive terms about their prospects.
    1. Pruitt's Avatar
      My disagreements are with the Arizona, Tampa and Indy picks.

      I also wonder about the Bears...

      I would like to jump on the Brownwagon. Charlie Batch couldn't beat out Byron Leftwich. Antonio Brown isn't playing. The Browns D-ine looks frisky these days. God may hate Cleveland, but the set up to this game reminds me of 2009 when a reeling Steelers team lost in Cleveland late in the year.
    1. Trumpetbdw's Avatar
      I've picked Washington most weeks this year, then choose this week to go against them?

      Although I'm still taking credit for my Detroit pick.
    1. SpartaChris's Avatar
      That Lions/Texans game was one of the most fun games I've seen in recent memory..
    1. xmenehune's Avatar
      Is it my eyes or is MIA underreporting on inj's especially with D players? There front 7 are not as fierce as earlier in the season, specifically Soliai I believe is injured. I know SEA doesn't play as well on the road, so even if MIA is "due" for a win @home, SEA is also "due" for a road win.

      ATL may be w/o CB Samuel, TB is looking better and better

      CLE should've won last wk @DAL, so maybe that's why a home game vs PIT looks like win, as they'll be UP and PIT is w/o Big Ben

      If Cutler starts, CHI has a good chance of winning, w/o Cutler, MIN should be able to control the game

      GB @NYG, I'm thinking NYG only because it's that time of the year, when NYG starts to bring it together. GB D looks vulnerable, if they hold up, GB gets the win.

      I wonder if SF will be so hot, two games in a row, on the road? NO D has 2ndary issues, but with Vilma and Lofton now playing together for a month, SF run O should have a tougher time.
    1. Nancy's Avatar
      You Panther fans should be thankful that no one will be talking about your team at all this week. Not about Cam’s awfulness or Rivera’s world of suck. Not at all. Eagles fans should be thankful that their offensive line will be just fine when the players are healthy again. PICK: (CAR 6-3)
      I am so sorry that the rest of America has to be exposed to the hulking big vat of ugly that is the Carolina Panthers. The good news is that the Panthers are 10-16 overall in prime time games, which means they don't suck any more in prime time than they do on a normal Sunday afternoon.

      The Panthers play such uninspired football that at this point, I don't think it even matters that the Eagles suck too.
    1. BuckeyeRidley's Avatar
      Gobble! Gobble!

      HOU<DET
      WAS<DAL
      NE>NYJ
      MIN<CHI
      OAK>CIN
      PIT<CLE
      BUF<IND
      DEN>KC
      SEA>MIA
      ATL>TB
      TEN>JAX
      BAL<SD
      SF<NO
      STL>ARI
      GB>NYG
      CAR<PHI