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Fearless Rick's NFL Week 12 Picks - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | November 22-25, 2012

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, November 22

Houston (-4, 50) at Detroit 12:30 pm - The 4-6 Lions are reeling after their 24-20 loss at Green Bay and may be happy to be at home, though it's a mixed blessing with Houston coming in for a holiday visit.

The actual line on this game should be more in the range of eight to ten points, instead of the flimsy four the Vegas sharpies have set down.

The Texans are unbeaten in four road tries, a signal that this is a team on a mission deep into the playoffs. Detroit's chances for reaching playoff nirvana ended earlier this year.

Prediction: Texans 28 Lions 17


Washington at Dallas (-3, 48) 4:15 pm - Dallas continues to find ways to keep games interesting, while their mortal enemies, the Redskins, have made a turn with their most recent win - a 31-6 rout over Philly.

This is a game that figures to be a close call, so taking the points is a no-brainer. A win by the Redskins would even these two at 5-6 and they meet in Week 17 to settle up what may be a playoff spot.

Dallas 2-2 at home and Washington 2-2 on the road points up the pivotal nature of this contest.

Prediction: Redskins 23 Cowboys 21


New England (-7 1/2, 48 1/2) at NY Jets 8:20 pm - Face it, the Jets simply don't have the guns to keep pace with the unstoppable Patriots. Tom Brady is once again in the zone, and that spell trouble for the teams facing New England for the rest of the season and into the playoffs.

The Jets have a little momentum after their 27-13 win over St. Louis, but New England's 59-24 win over Indy was more impressive. Besides, the Pats have won four straight and six of their last seven.

Late plungers may have to put up eight or even nine points to back the Pats, but it won't matter.

Prediction: Patriots 31 Jets 14


Sunday, November 25

Oakland at Cincinnati (-8, 49) 1:00 pm - The Bengals have ressurected their season with back-to-back wins over the Giants and KC, and they are easily the pick here, though this line rates them a little pricey.

Cincy has won their last two games by an average of 20 points, while the Raiders - over the past three weeks - have completely collapsed on defense, allowing a total of 135 points to Tampa Bay, Baltimore and New Orleans. Ouch!

These are two teams going in opposite directions and the one with the positive karma is at home. Ought to be a huge blowout.

Prediction: Bengals 44 Raiders 13


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Pittsburgh (-1, 34 1/2) at Cleveland 1:00 pm - Pittsburgh is in trouble without QB Ben Roethlisberger, scratched from the game with rib injuries, but the Browns are in their usual position - last in the AFC North with a 2- record. Cleveland had dallas on the ropes last week but let them slip away, losing 23-20 in overtime, though the feeling is that if the Browns establish a lead, Pittsburgh doesn't have the offense to mount a comeback. Weather could also be an issue. It's expected to be cold and windy come game time, another possible advantage for the home-standing Browns. Cleveland should be up to at least win one against their most pernicious rival.

Prediction: Browns 20 Steelers 13


Buffalo at Indianapolis (-3 1/2, 51 1/2) 1:00 pm - Buffalo is getting some respect her after their, 19-14, Thursday home win over Miami and extra time to prepare. The Colts are coming off a huge, 59-24, loss at New England and need to rebound quickly, but it's not going to be easy against the feisty Bills, who have already played six road games and came within a whisker of upsetting the Patriots two weeks ago in Foxboro.

Right now, the Colts would be a wild card, but there's six games left and Buffalo knows how important a win here can be with a heavy home schedule down the stretch.

Buffalo is in the process of perfecting ugly football, but it just may be the prescription for a win here.

Prediction: Bills 21 Colts 19


Tennessee (-3, 44) at Jacksonville 1:00 pm - It's almost absurd to think that anybody would bother to be interested in this game, but the Titans should be fresh after their bye week, while the Jags are going exactly nowhere, despite playing Houston into overtime last week.

Losing that game was another emotional letdown for a 1-9 team that's had plenty of them. If the Titans can establish anything early, the Jacksonville boo-birds will make matters worse for the home boys.

Jake Locker may not be the second coming of Warren Moon, but he should be able to lead the Titans to a win over a sub-par team like Jacksonville.

Prediction: Titans 27 Jaguars 20


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Denver (-11, 44) at Kansas City 1:00 pm - This is not really a football game, but rather a showcase for the ineptitude of the Chiefs. Kansas City is 0-5 at home, but, it gets worse.

They play at Denver in Week 17. This line is likely too short by a touchdown or two.

Prediction: Broncos 41 Chiefs 7


Minnesota at Chicago (-6 1/2, 39) 1:00 pm - Looks like Jay Cutler will start at QB for the Bears following their lopsided, 32-7, loss to the 49rs this past Monday night. Chicago holds Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson to 67.3 yards per game over the past four meetings, a mere 3.4 yards per carry. With Cutler healthy again and at home, the Bears should return to their winning form. This is a key match-up for these NFC North teams as the Bears enter the game at 7-3 while the Vikings are 6-4.

Prediction: Bears 24 Vikings 14


Atlanta (-1, 50) at Tampa Bay 1:00 pm - Despite Altanta's gaudy 9-1 record, the Buccaneers have to be thinking that they are in second place - which they are, at 6-4 - with a shot to close the gap against the NFC South leader.

Besides the fact that they Bucs and Falcons meet in the season finale at Atlanta, Tampa Bay has strung together four straight wins and will not be pushed around at home.

This one looks to go down to the final gun with Tampa pulling out a gutsy win. Atlanta may not be as sharp as they could be, given their huge edge in the standings.

Prediction: Buccaneers 23 Falcons 21


Seattle (-3, 37 1/2) at Miami 1:00 pm - As poorly coached and as sloppy as Miami appeared on the field against the Bills, it's a wonder they've managed to win four games this season, but the wheels seem to be coming off presently, following a trio of losses.

By contrast, the Seahawks have been steady all season long and are coming off one of the best situations in the pros - two straight wins and a bye week.

Rested and ready, Seattle will not be affected by any warmth South Beach may offer.

Prediction: Seahawks 34 Dolphins 21

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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