The Old Man’s Picks Week 12 – 2011

The Old Man is singing the blues this week. Not because of his picks, but rather the playoff hit his Bears may take due to Jay Cutler’s injury. Just when things are looking up….. It’s been a rough season for QB’s in the NFL this year. I can’t recall so many going down in such a short period. It will be interesting to see how teams with banged up QB’s will answer the bell.

This week the bye weeks are finally over and we have three games on Thursday. The season is winding down and the cream should rise to the top. How will your team fare? Read on to find out!

Green Bay Packers (-6.5) at Detroit Lions

Will Megatron have a big game on Turkey day?

It’s the first time in what seems like a hundred years that the Lions Thanksgiving game will actually be interesting. This is a huge game for the Lions as they face the Packers twice in the last six games. Right now the Lions are three games behind the Packers and and if they have any chance of catching the Packers they have to win this one…but they won’t. Packers win on turkey day.

Miami Dolphins (+7) at Dallas Cowboys

The Dolphins are riding a three-game win streak and head into Dallas to face a Jekyl and Hyde team in the Cowboys. Thursday is a put-up or shut-up game for the Cowboys as they have a chance to take the lead in the NFC East with a win and  Giants loss. I think the Cowboys will win this one as their D steps up.

San Francisco 49ers (+3) at Baltimore Ravens

The 49ers got hosed by the NFL schedule maker as they travel a few thousand miles east on a short week to play a big game against the coaches brother. The travel and short week will catch up to them. Look for the Ravens to win this one and stay atop the AFC North.

Arizona Cardinals (+3) at St. Louis Rams

I truly hate picking teams from the NFC West because I cannot figure this division out, especially the Cardinals. I said it earlier, I’m not taking the Cardinals again. Go with the Rams because they’re due.

Buffalo Bills (+8) at New York Jets

What a difference a few weeks makes. Earlier this year both teams were battling for the AFC East crown, now they’re fighting to stay in the wild-card race. Both teams are riding losing streaks but the Bills have looked worse in their last few outings. Take the Jets at home as they pound the Bills.

Cleveland Browns (+7.5) at Cincinnati Bengals

With Matt Schaub on injured reserve, Matt Leinart will take over as starting quarterback.

It’s the battle of Ohio and the Bengals are the team to beat. The Bengals really need this one to stay in the wild-card chase and they’ll get it. Look for them to light up the scoreboard as they thump the Browns.

Houston Texans (-3) at Jacksonville Jaguars

The first game without Matt Schaub at the helm and it looks like it will be Leinart the rest of the way. The Texans need to keep their two game lead in the AFC South in tact. They will this week as they run wild over the Jaguars.

Carolina Panthers (-3.5) at Indianapolis Colts

The Colts are coming off a bye and get to meet Cam Newton and company. Let’s face it, the Colts are in the beginnings of the rebuilding process. Look for them to continue their dismal season and Cam goes wild. Panthers by 20.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+3) at Tennessee Titans

The Bucs are the most disappointing team in the NFC this season. However, they did give the Packers all they could handle last week. A call here, a call there, and who knows. This week it will be tough for the Bucs to keep up the intensity they had in Green Bay, but they will. Bucs win on the road.

Minnesota Vikings (+9.5) at Atlanta Falcons

The Vikings may be without AP, in fact it looks like it. There goes the most potent part of their offense. The Falcons are starting to play their best ball of the season and they continue this week. Falcons big over the Vikings.

Chicago Bears (+5) at Oakland Raiders

Cutler’s injury is huge but if it had to happen, it did at the right time. The Bears play game two against the AFC West and they’ll go on the road to beat the Raiders as their D and special teams win the game. It will be a close one.

Washington Redskins (+4) at Seattle Seahawks

Tom Brady will face off against Mike Vick and the Eagles.

Another dreaded team from the NFC West. However this time I think the Seahawks will win. The Redskins played great last week but they lost and that, I think, took the remaining wind out of their sails.

New England Patriots (-3) at Philadelphia Eagles

Tough game to call because I didn’t think the Eagles would beat the Giants last week. That win has given them some confidence and they’ll make a game of it against the Pats. However the Eagles will fall a bit short. Take the Pats experience in this one. Close, tough game.

Denver Broncos (+6.5) at San Diego Chargers

I am a huge Tim Tebow fan. If you have kids, tell them that Tebow is what a role model is all about. The Chargers seem to be a team adrift at sea. I believe in the Tebow magic and I’m riding that train. Denver wins on the road.

Pittsburgh Steelers (-10.5) at Kansas City Chiefs

This one’s a no brainer. The Steelers will thump the Chiefs on Sunday. If you have their D in fantasy, they are a must start.

New York Giants (+7) at New Orleans Saints

The Giants looked absolutely terrible last week against the Eagles. The Saints are at home, coming off a bye, and it’s Monday night. Look for the Saints to light up the Giants D and win by two touchdowns or more.

That’s it for this week. Take it to the bank!