NFL Picks Week 12: Teams That Will Defend Their Home Turf with Ease

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIINovember 26, 2011

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 13:  Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons drops back to pass against the New Orleans Saints at Georgia Dome on November 13, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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There are plenty of teams across the league who are sitting pretty entering the final stretch in the NFL season.

There are other teams who are still battling to stay alive and clinch a berth in the playoffs.

Some of those teams are in key situations where they should be able to pull off easy victories this weekend.

Here are three teams with home-field advantage that should have no problem dominating their opponents.

Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons are in the thick of things in both the NFC Wild Card race and the NFC South standings.

This weekend they should be able to get a key win over a lesser opponent when Minnesota comes to town.

The Falcons boast the No. 2 rushing defense in the league, and with Adrian Peterson out with an injury it means nothing but good things for Atlanta.

The Vikings will have to rely on rookie quarterback Christian Ponder to keep them in the game.

It's going to be too much to ask, since Atlanta should be able to put up plenty of points on the 28th ranked passing defense in the league.

The Saints have a tough game on Monday night with the Giants. If things go right on both ends the Falcons could be locked up in a tie with New Orleans after this week.

Cincinnati Bengals

The Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns are all ranked in the top six in the league in terms of total defense.

I think it's safe to say that the AFC North showdown between the Bengals and Browns will be pretty defensive.

The Bengals are, however, the superior team. With a 6-4 record they have been one of the surprises around the league this season.

Cincinnati won the matchup between the two teams 27-17 in week one.

I wouldn't be surprised if the gap is even bigger this week now that Andy Dalton is settling into the role at quarterback.

New York Jets

The New York Jets and Buffalo Bills will be fighting for their postseason lives this weekend in an AFC East showdown.

The Bills are on a three-game skid and the Jets have dropped their last two.

In fact, the last win from either of these teams was when the Jets beat the Bills early this month.

Things just keep getting worse for Buffalo. The key to winning this game would have been running the ball against New York. That's not going to be easy without Fred Jackson.

As long as Mark Sanchez can manage this game on offense the Jets should have an easy win. Without any stupid mistakes, the defense will bring this one home.