2013 NFL Predictions: Free Week 12 Staff Picks

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2013 NFL Predictions: Free Week 12 Staff Picks

Nov 17, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien (16) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans vs Atlanta Pick: Saints
The Falcons have been absolutely terrible this year. Yes, they have injuries to key playmakers, but their are too many holes on this roster. Matt Ryan has failed to carry this team and Drew Brees and the Saints will expose them in their own house. Yikes.

Pittsburgh vs Cleveland Pick: Steelers 
Big Ben and the Steelers look to be saving face as the season wears on. A divisional win on the road continues the trend.
Tampa Bay vs Detroit Pick: Lions
The Lions bounce back from an embarrassing loss last week to the Steelers. The Lions defense fairs better against the Bucs, after being exposed last week by Big Ben. While Calvin does Calvin and the Lions offense rolls against a disappointing Bucs secondary.
Minnesota vs Green Bay Pick: Packers
The Packers have to win this one right? They can’t be that bad without Aaron Rodgers, right?
San Diego vs Kansas City Pick: Chiefs
The Chiefs play angry after losing their first game of the season last week against the Broncos. The Chargers continue to sputter, after a hot start to the season.
Chicago vs St.Louis Pick: Bears
The Rams stout defense shows up in a big way at home. But the Rams defense is just too bad and Marc Trestman and the Bears offense finds a way to put more points on the board.
Carolina vs Miami Pick: Panthers
The Panthers are on the rise, while the Dolphins are spiraling out of control. These are two franchises going in two very different directions and it shows on the field this Sunday. The Carolina front seven will eat against the Dolphins offensive line. Say a prayer for QB Ryan Tannehill.
New York Jets vs Baltimore Pick: Ravens
This is almost a guess, considering these are two of the most inconsistent teams in the NFL, but you would have to hope that Joe Flacco out performs Geno Smith, especially in Baltimore. You would hope.
Jacksonville vs Houston Pick: Texans
The Texans season hasn’t gone according to planned, but their defense is too good at home to lose to the Jags.
Tennessee vs Oakland Pick: Titans
After two close losses, the Titans finally pull out a win against a Raider team the Titans SHOULD be better than.
Indianapolis vs Arizona  Pick: Cardinals 
Carson Palmer has been fantastic during the Cards three game win streak and he comes up big against a questionable Colts defense. The Colts have been lucky to come out with some of their wins and their faults finally cost them a win this week on the road.
Dallas vs New York Giants Pick: Giants
The Cowboys come up small in a game they should win against the Giants. The Giants do the same thing they do every year: suck, then somehow make something out of their season.
Denver vs New England Pick: Broncos
The Broncos are able to expose the banged up Patriot defense. The Patriots find themselves in an unfamiliar situation losing two games in a row. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning both shine, but this game comes down to the defenses, and the Broncos are able to get more stops.
San Francisco vs Washington Pick: 49ers
RG3 seems to be on the verge of losing this team. Colin Kappernick has not been nearly explosive this year. Has he been figured out? Does he miss his weapons? Or is he just young? Either way Monday night is a good stage for one of these two young quarterbacks to get back into  a groove. I expect Kappernick to fair better against the Skins defense, than RG3 against the 49er defense.
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