NFL Picks Week 12: Score Predictions for the Week's Best Games
Two of the NFL's best three games this week come on Thanksgiving when the Green Bay Packers travel to Detroit to face the Lions and when the San Francisco 49ers square off against the Baltimore Ravens in the first-ever Harbaugh Bowl.
How about that Monday Night Football NFC battle between the New Orleans Saints and New York Giants?
The NFL got the primetime schedule right in Week 12.
Here's how I see these games playing out.
Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions
It's not two 10-0 teams in the same division like we hoped after the Lions' 5-0 start, but it's a pretty awesome way to start Thanksgiving.
The Packers are coming off a somewhat-shaky effort against the Buccaneers, a game in which Tampa Bay exposed some of Green Bay's weaknesses on defense.
I don't expect Kevin Smith to have the type of bulldozing day LeGarrette Blount had last week, but he's certainly a big, physical runner that will give Green Bay major problems.
The Lions have the explosive potential on offense to stay with Aaron Rodgers and I still don't have much faith in Green Bay's secondary.
Yes, I'm picking Detroit this week, in a wildly entertaining game because of their offensive balance, the Packers' vulnerable defense and the fact that the Lions will have the crowd behind them.
Lions 38 Packers 31
San Francisco 49ers at Baltimore Ravens
Harbaugh Bowl to cap off Thanksgiving night.
Sink into your uncle's couch with a totally stuffed stomach and watch one of the most physical games of the season.
The Ravens have seemed to play up to their competition and down to inferior opponents.
So that means they'll be ready to play against the 9-1 49ers, right?
At home, the Ravens are a much more inspired group, but when comparing the aspects of each team I have to give a slight edge to San Fran.
They should be able to limit Ray Rice and we've seen what happens when the Ravens runner is held in check.
The only way Baltimore wins this game is if Joe Flacco finds Torrey Smith on a few deep balls to keep the 49ers defense honest.
In the end, San Francisco makes a few more plays on offense and wins by a field goal.
Too much Frank Gore.
49ers 17 Ravens 14
New York Giants at New Orleans Saints
I wouldn't wish a game in New Orleans in primetime on anybody.
The Saints are that good at home, and they seem to play their best under the brightest of lights, with the entire country watching.
The Giants come to town fresh off consecutive losses, the most recent coming in embarrassing fashion at home against the Eagles in which their offense never really got going.
Offense won't be a problem for the Saints—no team has racked up more yardage than New Orleans and only the Packers average more points per game.
New York is battling a multitude of injuries on defense and without any semblance of a running game, the Saints' opportunistic secondary can zone in on Eli Manning throwing the football.
Saints by 10 points.
Saints 31 Giants 21