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NFL Week 12 Predictions and Bold Predictions

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

With Thanksgiving being on Thursday, it is time to buckle up for the final few weeks of the NFL regular season. Some races are wide open. The bottom feeders are looking better as well right now and there was a ton of upsets last week. The Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Rams will both be on a bye week this week.

They both deserve to have a bye this week after playing one of the best games ever. I had my worst week ever last week in predicting games. My record was 3-10. My record so far this season is 91-68-2.

Chicago Bears 34 Detroit Lions 20: The Bears might be a dark horse in the NFC right now. Their defense made Kirk Cousins uncomfortable on Sunday night. Mitchell Trubisky looks pretty good right now, but he will most likely not play because of a shoulder injury. Chase Daniel will get the start for the Chicago Bears if that's the case. The Lions upset the Panthers last week, but they won't pull off two straight upsets.

Washington Redskins 15 Dallas Cowboys 20: Colt McCoy brought life into the Redskins offense last week after Alex Smith suffered a gruesome leg injury. McCoy will be the starter for the rest of the season. The Cowboys defense will be ready to roll. Ezekiel Elliott and Adrian Peterson will be a fun running back match up to watch.

Atlanta Falcons 14 New Orleans Saints 49: The Falcons have not been impressive this season and the Saints will be ready to put up points on a bad defense early and often. Drew Brees has been amazing. Michael Thomas will also show in this game why he is a better receiver than Julio Jones has been this season. New Orleans also has a better backfield than Atlanta does.

Oakland Raiders 17 Baltimore Ravens 27: Lamar Jackson or Joe Flacco will torch the Raiders defense. Oakland picked up a rare win on the road last week against the Arizona Cardinals 23-21. If Baltimore wants to make it to the postseason, they have to win this game.

Jacksonville Jaguars 16 Buffalo Bills 21: With Josh Allen set to start on Sunday for Buffalo, the Bills should be in good shape. Jacksonville is falling apart and they blew a 16-0 lead to the Pittsburgh Steelers last week. Blake Bortles has not been impressive at all. Josh Allen might be a better quarterback at the moment and he has missed the past few weeks with a shoulder injury. Buffalo is coming off a bye week.

Seattle Seahawks 23 Carolina Panthers 24: It will be home sweet home for the Carolina Panthers this weekend. They play much better at home than they do on the road. This is also a big game because it will have major NFC Wild Card implications later on. The Seattle Seahawks have a shocking 5-5 record this season. Russell Wilson and Cam Newton will both show up to play. The difference in the game will be coaching.

Cleveland Browns 23 Cincinnati Bengals 31: The Bengals have the worst defense in the NFL. The Browns offense will be able to move the ball up and down the field on this team. Nick Chubb has been very good in Cleveland's backfield ever since they traded Carlos Hyde. Andy Dalton will have a big game against the Browns defense. Cincinnati is in the thick of a playoff race right now.

New England Patriots 35 New York Jets 0: The Patriots will be fresh off a bye and the Jets will still be lost off of a bye. Since New York got crushed against Buffalo before the bye week, what makes you think they have any chance against New England? Josh Gordon will have a big game and so will Sony Michel. The firing Todd Bowles sounds will grow louder.

New York Giants 31 Philadelphia Eagles 28: The Giants look good as of late and the Eagles look lost. This will be a very good football game to watch. New York usually struggles in Philadelphia and so does Eli Manning, but the Philadelphia Eagles secondary is so bad right now. The difference in the game will be Saquon Barkley.

San Francisco 49ers 31 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34: Kyle Shanahan will dial up a game plan for Nick Mullens to be successful against a bad Buccaneers defense. The problem is will his defensive staff have a game plan to stop Jameis Winston after Winston almost sparked Tampa Bay to a comeback last week? This could either be a really exciting game or it could be a boring game.

Arizona Cardinals 21 Los Angeles Chargers 38: The Chargers will not lose two straight games at home to two mediocre teams. Melvin Gordon will be a problem for the Cardinals defense. Philip Rivers will throw the ball with efficiency early and often. Josh Rosen will be asked to do a lot and he won't live up to the task.

Miami Dolphins 17 Indianapolis Colts 31: This is a big game. Both teams head into this game with a 5-5 record. The Colts have played well recently. Andrew Luck has not been sacked in the last five games. The Dolphins defense is average at best. Ryan Tannehill will be back this week after missing the last several games with a shoulder injury. Miami needs to score touchdowns and not settle for field goals.

Pittsburgh Steelers 23 Denver Broncos 21: Denver is a tough place to play at. The Broncos upset the Chargers on the road on Sunday 23-22. They have a very good running game. Pittsburgh can't get off to another slow start this week. The Denver Broncos are a better football than the Jacksonville Jaguars are. The Steelers haven't had much success in the past in Denver, but it will change this week.

Green Bay Packers 24 Minnesota Vikings 27: The Packers have the edge in this game at quarterback and at running back. The question will be will Mike McCarthy outsmart himself once again? That has been a big story so far this season. The Minnesota Vikings can't afford to pull off another dud in prime time.

Tennessee Titans 21 Houston Texans 56: The Texans return home and they will put up points early and often in this game. The Titans offense is challenged at times. Houston's defense will set up their offense in good field position. Tennessee won the last meeting, but both of these teams are different this time around.

Bold Predictions: 1. Colt McCoy will out play Dak Prescott

2. The Saints offense will put up 550 yards of offense against the Falcons.

3. Saquon Barkley rushes for 200 yards and three touchdowns against the Eagles.

4. The Patriots defense gives up less than 200 yards of offense against the Jets.

5. Josh Allen throws for 200 yards and two touchdowns and he will rush for another 70 yards for the Bills against the Jaguars.

This article was originally published on @gk18