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2022 NFL Week 12 Predictions

It’s Thanksgiving Football Week which is one of the best weeks of the year! We get tp enjoy time with family, eat great food, and watch football, what more could we ask for. We’ll be predicting the games for Turkey Day and the remaining games for the weekend and so far through 11 weeks our record is 104-59-1. 

Buffalo Bills at Detroit Lions

After the snowstorm in Buffalo caused the Bills vs Browns game to move to Detroit, the Bills get to stay in Detroit to play the Lions. The Lions are coming off a huge win on the road against the Giants. The Lions future’s looking bright under Dan Campbell and with Jared Goff under center, we think they’ll keep this game surprisingly competitive against Buffalo. The Bills are just too good to lose this one and go 2-0 in games played in Detroit this year. 

Winner: Buffalo Bills

New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys

The Giants lost at home to the Lions and the Cowboys made a statement on the road against the Vikings. The Cowboys defense shut down the Vikings high powered offense. Micah Parsons has emerged as one of the best defensive players in the NFL and he’s just getting started. The Cowboys passing game still has some work to do, but we don’t think they’ll need to do much of that against the Giants who just made Jamaal Williams look like a star. Tony Pollard does it again with another strong outing which should be the indicator to Jerry Jones that he’s the #1 back in town. The Cowboys are looking like a strong contender that can go deep if they can continue playing the way they did last week which shouldn’t be hard to do against the Giants. 

Winner: Dallas Cowboys

New England Patriots at Minnesota Vikings

There’s nothing else to say about the Minnesota Vikings performance last week than they just flat out sucked. We know that isn’t going to happen two weeks in a row. This is their revenge game and they have another tough defense to play. The Patriots defense has been consistently solid which we think they’ll make things harder on the Vikings but the weapons that Kirk Cousins has to work with and his level of talent compared to Zach Wilson and the Jets is light-years apart. The Pats barely snuck past the Jets on a last minute punt return touchdown for the win. The Vikings put last week’s embarrassment in the past and get back to what they’ve done most of the year in winning. 

Winner: Minnesota Vikings

Houston Texans at Miami Dolphins

Tua’s undefeated streak when starting and finishing a game is going to continue with ease as the Dolphins steamroll past the worst team in the NFL. The Dolphins are opening as double digit favorites and we like them to cover that spread. The Texans defense has been awful and the offense isn’t much better outside of rookie Dameon Pierce who has been a surprise addition. The Texans offense might have a better performance than normal due to the injuries to the Dolphins core unit, but with Tua healthy the Dolphins are the hottest team in football. 

Winner: Miami Dolphins

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cleveland Browns

Tom Brady looks to get his Buccaneers back in the swing of things and are sitting atop the AFC South. The Buccaneers had a rough start to the year, but coming off a bye, they get a favorable schedule to wrap things up to help secure another division title. Their first opponent off the bye is the Cleveland Browns who are just waiting for Watson to get off his suspension as they are struggling. The Buccaneers get this win while the Browns are left waiting for a spark. 

Winner: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cincinnati Bengals at Tennessee Titans

In a rematch of the playoff game where the Bengals upset the Titans on their way to the Super Bowl, this is set to be another good matchup. In that game last year, Derrick Henry wasn’t at full health and right now he’s been on an absolute tear. The Titans also have had the emergence of the passing game last week which can spell trouble if they can do both. The Bengals are still without Ja’Marr Chase and they seem likely to lose this rematch. Derrick Henry at full health will be the difference maker in the Titans getting the best of the Bengals this time. 

Winner: Tennessee Titans

Chicago Bears at New York Jets

This game might be without both Justin Fields and Zach Wilson. Justin Fields has a separated shoulder and is questionable to play which if he does, there is a high likelihood of worsening it. Meanwhile the Jets are making the decision to bench quarterback Zach Wilson after his pathetic 77 yards thrown against the Patriots. There are no excuses for that kind of performance and Robert Saleh agrees which is why Mike White is going to be starting. White made 4 appearances for the Jets last year with 3 of those being starts and going 1-2 in those games. He turned the ball over frequently, but he was able to move the ball down the field and wasn’t afraid to take shots like Wilson has done this year. This should help against one of the worst defenses in the league in Chicago. The Jets on the other hand have a top notch defense that has been very impressive this year and should do fine in beating the Bears without Fields or with a wounded Fields under center. 

Winner: New York Jets

Atlanta Falcons at Washington Commanders

The Commanders started the season 1-4 in games that Carson Wentz was the starting quarterback. Since he went down with injury in games that Taylor Heinicke started they’ve been 5-1. Heinicke is winning with the lone loss coming to the 8-2 Minnesota Vikings team. The Commanders are riding with Heinicke and we’re a big believer in them with him under center that he could actually lead them to a wild card spot in the playoffs. Commanders get another win to go 7-5 before they square off against division rival New York. 

Winner: Washington Commanders

Denver Broncos at Carolina Panthers

In the matchup with the least amount of interest this weekend, the Broncos face the Panthers in what’s going to be a very ugly matchup. This is going to be one where there might be better things to do than actually tune into the game. Neither team has an offense and we are expecting a very slow defensive battle. Being forced to pick a winner, we’ll go with the Broncos as their defense makes the game winning play. 

Winner: Denver Broncos

Baltimore Ravens at Jacksonville Jaguars

An extra week of rest from their bye isn’t going to be enough for the Jacksonville Jaguars to upset the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens looked sloppy last week as their offense wasn’t doing much but their defense held their own. Their defense has the ability to earn them a win much like New England’s which is what we think will happen in this scenario. 

Winner: Baltimore Ravens

Los Angeles Chargers at Arizona Cardinals

After the 38-10 blowout they faced against the 49ers in Mexico City, the Cardinals cannot be trusted. In what was supposed to be a competitive NFC West, quickly went south and the Cardinals get another tough test in the Justin Herbert led Chargers. The Chargers are coming off a last minute defeat against the Chiefs during prime time and are seeking a win to stay in the competitive AFC playoff hunt. The Chargers get that win with Herbert connecting with his reliable when healthy wideout Keenan Allen. 

Winner: Los Angeles Chargers

Las Vegas Raiders at Seattle Seahawks

Two teams that have surprised us a lot this season are the Las Vegas Raiders and the Seattle Seahawks. The Raiders have been very underwhelming only getting their 3rd win on the year last week and needed overtime to do it. The Seahawks on the other hand have been rather solid in the post Russell Wilson era. They’ve managed to go 6-4 with Geno Smith who is making a very convincing statement for comeback player of the year. Coming off a loss overseas, the Seahawks got a much needed bye week to rest up in time to take down the Raiders. Geno Smith & Kenneth Walker help lead the Seahawks to victory and a very impressive 7-4 record. 

Winner: Seattle Seahawks

Los Angeles Rams at Kansas City Chiefs

Matthew Stafford went down again last week as the Rams offense struggled even more without him. Their already existing struggles have only gotten worse and they are on a major Super Bowl hangover that they can’t get past. Even if Stafford suits up, he’s without Cooper Kupp and the Rams just waived Darrell Henderson paving the way for another poor showing by the offense. At this point it almost doesn’t matter who the Rams play, they probably aren’t going to win and unfortunately for them, they play the best team in the AFC and Super Bowl contender Kansas City Chiefs. This isn’t going to be a close one. 

Winner: Kansas City Chiefs

New Orleans Saints at San Francisco 49ers

When healthy, we just saw what Jimmy G can do with this offense. The Niners QB put up 4 touchdowns in their 38-10 rout over the Arizona Cardinals. Kittle, Deebo, Aiyuk, Mitchell, and CMC all suited up for the 49ers this weekend and the defense is almost at full speed as well. The Niners are a team to watch out for in the playoffs this year and they’re just getting started. The Saints are at the opposite side of things and are trending in the wrong direction. The 49ers put on another clinic this weekend. 

Winner: San Francisco 49ers

Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles

One team looking for a last ditch effort to keep their playoff hopes alive and the other gunning for the best record in the NFL. If you asked us this question at the beginning of the season, we would’ve guessed it would have been the Packers on verge of missing playoffs and are set to miss it for the first time since 2017. The Eagles haven’t looked stellar the last couple weeks but the Packers have seen better days and Aaron Rodgers days in Green Bay is looking like it’s not going to be much longer. Rodgers does enough to keep this game competitive but falls short with a couple costly mistakes that give the Eagles another mark on the win column. 

Winner: Philadelphia Eagles

Pittsburgh Steelers at Indianapolis Colts

The Jeff Saturday coached Colts are 1-1 thus far after losing in a nail biter to the Eagles last week. The Colts under Saturday appear to be a legitimate team that can at least stay in a game. When Ehlinger was under center with Reich in charge, this Colts team was looking rough. If that was still the case, we think Pickett would have gotten his first win on the road. However, with the Colts reverting course drastically, they should squeeze out a narrow victory over the rookie quarterback. 

Winner: Indianapolis Colts

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