NFL Picks Week 13: The Chosen

Chris FarmerCorrespondent IDecember 3, 2009

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 29:  Vince Young #10 of the Tennessee Titans runs with the ball against the Arizona Cardinals during their game at LP Field on November 29, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Week 12: 12-4; Season prediction tally: 119-57


N.Y. Jets at Buffalo

Both teams are on massive one-game winning streaks.

Seriously though, doesn't it seem like Buffalo has kicked things up a notch under interim coach Perry Fewell?

Pick: Bills


Tampa Bay at Carolina

I'm going all Josh Freeman with this pick. I am really impressed with how good he looks as a pro.

Untested Matt Moore is set to replace the injured Jake Delhomme for Carolina, and the Bucs' D has played well recently.

Pick: Buccaneers

St. Louis at Chicago

Jay Cutler might just blow up this game to attempt to atone for a season gone awry.

Pick: Bears

Tennessee at Indianapolis

I'm rolling with VY and the Titans. They are really playing well, and the Colts are due.

Pick: Titans

Philadelphia at Atlanta

Toss-up of the week. Philly is 7-4 but barely got by Washington. Atlanta is 6-5 but barely escaped Tampa Bay. Coin flip, and the winner is...

Pick: Eagles

Oakland at Pittsburgh

Steelers should win with or without Big Ben.

Pick: Steelers

Detroit at Cincinnati

Matthew Stafford likes to throw 50/50 balls, which Leon Hall and Johnathan Joseph will eat up.

Pick: Bengals

New Orleans at Washington

Very tempting to pick the Redskins in this one. They might have a better D than New England and could pose some problems for the Saints. Plus, isn't this their Super Bowl?

Still, after seeing Drew Brees out-Brady the Patriots as the Saints embarrassed them (Man, was that fun to watch or what?), it is hard to envision them falling here.

Pick: Saints

New England at Miami

Ricky Williams has filled in admirably for Ronnie Brown, but they are still a weaker team without two bruising RBs at their disposal instead of one.

Plus, the Patriots aren't in the habit of losing two straight.

Pick: Patriots

Houston at Jacksonville

I think Houston has more horses, but beware of Pocket Hercules. It will take a monster game from Matt Schaub, but I think he can do it.

Pick: Texans

Denver at Kansas City

Denver rebounded nicely from their four-game losing streak to win handily on Thanksgiving night. Kansas City is playing better but still needs work.

Pick: Broncos

San Diego at Cleveland

Cleveland stinks, and now they lost literally their biggest defender for the season, Shaun Rodgers.

San Diego is getting zero press this season, but they are suddenly 8-3, the third best record in the AFC.

Pick: Chargers

San Francisco at Seattle

The 49ers are trying to make the NFC West race interesting and certainly can with a win here and an Arizona loss, which will put them only one game out of first with a head-to-head matchup next weekend.

I like the 'Hawks to play spoiler.

Pick: Seahawks

Dallas at N.Y. Giants

Ordinarily I would be expecting a Giants resurgence right about now.

After seeing them play the Broncos, though, all phases seem to be floundering. Not a quick fix.

Pick: Cowboys

Minnesota at Arizona

Minnesota is scary good, and Brett Favre is amazingly playing the best ball of his career. Think about that one for a moment.

Still, they have to lose sometime, and Arizona has four big reasons to get amped up:

1) Favre made Arizona's defense look pathetic last season as a Jet, passing for six TDs without breaking a sweat.

2) Minnesota blew out the Cardinals around this same time last year on the same field. They can't let that happen again.

3) Minnesota is the team to beat in the NFC, and hardly anyone expects Arizona to survive this matchup. That is when the Cardinals are at their best.

4) The Cardinals are coming off a disappointing loss they feel they should have won.

Pick: Cardinals


Baltimore at Green Bay

I'll take the Packers by a whisker because the Ravens barely beat the Steelers against an untested backup QB on their own field.

Pick: Packers

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