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Fearless Rick's NFL Week 12 Picks - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | November 20-23

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, November 20

Kansas City Chiefs (-8, 43) at Oakland Raiders 8:25 pm - Kansas City finds itself on a five game win streak with the pushover Raiders awaiting them on Thursday night, which might appear fine in the context of being tied with Denver for the AFC West's top spot, but in reality could be somewhat damaging, coming off a monster win over reigning champion Seattle.

The Raiders are the only team in the league without a win, and, while it's unlikely that Oakland will find the promised land here at home this week, they may cause the relaxed Chiefs units a bit of a scare. Close call, but, eventually, another win for KC.

Prediction: Chiefs 21 Raiders 16

Sunday, November 23

Tennessee Titans at Philadelphia Eagles (-10 1/2, 47 1/2) 1:00 pm - After being toasted, roasted, baked, fried and burnt in Green bay last weekend, the Eagles will be happy to be home and hosting the 2-7 Titans, who are forced to travel after their Monday night encounter with the Steelers.

Not much brewing in the Titan offense, averaging 16.0 points per game, but the defense isn't all that shabby, allowing 24.8 ppg (19th overall), which is saying something when your team doesn't score much. A win for the Eagles is in demand in order to keep pace with the Cowboys in the NFC East, but their offense has been schemed and dissected by most defensive coordinators and won't surprise the Titans much. Besides, Mark Sanchez showed his true colors against Green Bay last week, and that's a huge concern. Nick Foles may return early, but he also might not be 100%, plus rust. Potential upset.

Prediction: Titans 24 Eagles 23

Cleveland Browns at Atlanta Falcons (-3, 47) 1:00 pm - Both teams are divisional contenders, but the Browns are the team with the winning record and a considerable edge on defense, allowing 19.5 points per game versus 25.5 for the Falcons.

At 6-4, the Browns are still very much alive in the AFC North, still the only division in which all four teams have winning records. The NFC South, conversely, has no team over .500, and a cumulative W-L mark of 13-27.

Prediction: Browns 30 Falcons 19

Detroit Lions at New England Patriots (-5 1/2, 47 1/2) 1:00 pm - Two things one should not do at this point of the season: 1) Play the Patriots in Foxboro; 2) Travel two weeks in a row.

The Lions have violated both of the precepts and are doomed against the hot hand of Tom Brady and the chill New England winds. Even though the Lions maintain the best defense in the league (15.6 ppg), the patriots have a way of making all defensive statistics appear as fading images in the rear view mirror.

Prediction: Patriots 28 Lions 21

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago Bears (-7, 46 1/2) 1:00 pm - The Buccaneers have a horrible history of cold-weather misery, so, with temperatures expected to be frigid at game-time the outlook for a Tampa Bay win is skeptical, at best.

Tampa Bay won for the first time in their last six outings, ending a five-game skid with a 27-7 win at Washington, though beating the Redskins doesn't really say much.

The Bears also were winners in Week 11, ending a three-game losing streak with a 21-13 victory over the Vikings, but they are just 2-5 over their last seven. The Bucs seem to have more going for them here, as the Bears are dead last in defense, allowing a whopping 29.0 points per game.

Prediction: Buccaneers 31 Bears 24

Green Bay Packers (-11, 48 1/2) at Minnesota Vikings 1:00 pm - Tied with the Lions at 7-3 in the NFC North, the Packers already have a 42-10 win over these Vikings from Week Five, and the move to Minnesota for the game site shouldn't change that outcome much.

Aaron Rodgers has been absolutely on fire recently and the Green bay defense has also stepped up the past two weeks, beating the Bears, 55-14, in Week 9 and the Eagles, 53-20, last Sunday.

Ouch! for the 4-6 Vikes.

Prediction: Packers 42 Vikings 13

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Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts (-14, 48 1/2) 1:00 pm - Roughed up by New England on Sunday night, 42-20, the Colts will surely rebound against the Jaguars, who are 31st both in points allowed and points scored. After this rout, Jacksonville will probably be dead last in both departments.

An easy win for the Colts looks like the best situation of the day.

Prediction: Colts 38 Jaguars 10

Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans (-1, 43 1/2) 1:00 pm - Houston evened its record at 5-5 with a 23-7 victory at Cleveland last week and are rewarded with home field and another AFC North opponent in the Bengals.

Problem is, for the Texans, that the Bengals are one of the more dangerous offensive units in the league, with a defense that can play lights out, as well. At 6-3-1, the Bengals rule the jungle that is the AFC North, and they could conceivably run the table from here on out. Cincinnati hit some mid-season turbulence, going 2-3-1 before last week's 27-10 win at New Orleans, a victory that stamps them as a true contender for the post-season.

Prediction: Bengals 33 Texans 21

New York Jets at Buffalo Bills (-4 1/2, 40) 1:00 pm - Buffalo spanked the Jets, 43-23, in Week 8, but that was before the Jets sat down inconsistent QB Geno Smith and replaced him with well-seasoned Mike Vick.

While Vick isn't exactly the same kind of threat he was in prior years, he has shown a degree of maturity that may be a strong contributor to keeping the game in hand up at Orchard Park. Weather may play a role in what should almost certainly be a closer (and lower-scoring) outcome than the previous meeting between these two AFC East also-rans.

Prediction: Jets 20 Bills 16

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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