NFL Week 12: Picks and preview


I’ll be honest; I’m not sure what we really learned in Week 11 of the NFL season. Perhaps that the Detroit Lions are revealing themselves to be more than just plucky but doing so too late for it to matter. We learned that the Jets are still the Jets and capable of losing in the Jetsiest fashion imaginable, particularly to New England. We learned that the Vikings and Kirk Cousins still have a little “old Vikings” in them, and that the Cowboys can, in fact, defend the run if they just put their minds to it a little bit. We also learned that Justin Fields is about as much of a one-man band as anyone in football right now, and the Bears have a lot of work to do around him. Maybe we also learned that the Commanders are Good, Actually, and that Carson Wentz probably shouldn’t get his job back when he’s healthy, even though Taylor Heinicke’s numbers are hardly earth-shattering. We learned that the Eagles might have some warts but are still pretty tough to beat. Week 12 will test those plucky Lions when the Bills come calling, having played at Ford Field more recently than their hosts. The Giants and Cowboys meet after very different results last week, and the Patriots take on what is bound to be an angry Vikings team. The Bengals and Titans should be a very interesting showdown, but beyond that, the schedule is littered with less-than-stellar matchups. That said, we can only pick the games we’re dealt, so let’s get to them.

Point spreads are from and are current as of 11 a.m. Wednesday.

NOTE: Pick with spread is in bold

Last Week: 9-5 (Season: 82-79-3)

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