Boundless parity and a plethora of key injuries have made this one of the most bizarre NFL seasons in recent memory.
However, the show must go on.
Without further ado, here are my biggest locks to win in Week 12.
|Week 12 NFL Predictions|
|NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (-7)||31-21||Atlanta Falcons|
|Minnesota Vikings||17-20||GREEN BAY PACKERS (-3)|
|PITTSBURGH STEELERS (+2.5)||23-16||Cleveland Browns|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||27-34||DETROIT LIONS (-9.5)|
|San Diego Chargers||13-24||KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (-4.5)|
|CHICAGO BEARS (+1)||26-18||St. Louis Rams|
|CAROLINA PANTHERS (-4)||23-14||Miami Dolphins|
|New York Jets||16-20||BALTIMORE RAVENS (-3)|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||23-27||HOUSTON TEXANS (-10)|
|Tennessee Titans||21-24||OAKLAND RAIDERS (-1.5)|
|INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (+1.5)||31-17||Arizona Cardinals|
|Dallas Cowboys||20-27||NEW YORK GIANTS (-3)|
|DENVER BRONCOS (-2.5)||30-24||New England Patriots|
|SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (-5)||34-26||Washington Redskins|
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Baltimore Ravens (-3) over New York Jets
The Baltimore Ravens may be entering Week 12 two games below .500 and one game back of the New York Jets in the AFC wild-card race, but the defending Super Bowl champions won't be lacking motivation and are a lock to win at home on Sunday afternoon.
John Harbaugh's team has lost four of five, but has been incredibly consistent inside M&T Bank Stadium, going 3-1 in 2013.
Meanwhile, Rex Ryan's Jets have been an absolute mess outside of East Rutherford, going 1-4 on the road thus far and getting blown out in three of those four losses.
The most recent rout came last week in Buffalo, when rookie quarterback Geno Smith turned the ball over four times. New York's 21 giveaways are second-most in the AFC and its minus-14 turnover differential is the worst in the NFL.
Those numbers bode extremely well for a Baltimore defense that has played its best football at home this year. The Ravens have forced six turnovers over their last three home games and are allowing just 12.8 points per game at home this season.
With so much at stake in this matchup, the battle-tested Ravens are guaranteed to prevail.
Kansas City Chiefs (-4.5) over San Diego Chargers
After suffering their first loss of the season at Denver in Week 11, the Kansas City Chiefs are well aware that they have very little room for error moving forward if they hope to conquer the AFC West.
In Week 12, the defensive-minded Chiefs will host the reeling San Diego Chargers, who are currently in the midst of a three-game losing streak. What's more, the Bolts have lost four of their last five games on the road in 2013.
On the other hand, Kansas City is 5-0 at Arrowhead Stadium this season and allowing just 12.6 points on average in those games. Keep in mind that the Chiefs are one of only two teams allowing fewer than 14 points per game overall this season.
San Diego will obviously need Philip Rivers to play a stellar game in order to pull out a win in Kansas City, but based on what we've seen recently, that might be asking too much. Rivers has nearly as many interceptions as touchdowns during the Chargers' current skid and has struggled to put up points.
That's a recipe for disaster against a defense of Kansas City's caliber.
San Francisco 49ers (-5) over Washington Redskins
The San Francisco 49ers, who have dropped two in a row, have yet to win a game in the month of November. However, they're sure to break through on Monday night when they head east to play the struggling Washington Redskins, who have also lost two straight games.
San Francisco's last two losses have come by a combined four points while Washington has been fortunate to win one of its last four.
The Redskins are giving up more than 31 points per game in 2013. Only Jacksonville and Minnesota are surrendering more points this season.
Therefore, look for the Redskins' porous defense to cure the Niners' offensive blues in Week 12.
Meanwhile, Jim Harbaugh's Niners boast one of the league's stoutest defensive units, ranking seventh in fewest yards allowed and fourth in scoring defense.
Although Robert Griffin III and the Redskins offense have been able to move the ball and rack up roughly 412 yards per game, that success hasn't always resulted in points. Washington ranks 13th in the NFL in scoring offense, averaging a mediocre 24.6 points per game.
Don't expect that to be good enough against a salty Niners defense in prime time.
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