Evo analysts are now 65-30-1 on the season on their picks after a very unpredictable weekend. We expect another crazy weekend of football and some great surprises but will do our best to bring you the most accurate picks. Here are your Week 12 picks.
Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders (8:25 p.m. ET Thursday, NFL Network).
Any given Sunday any team can beat any team right? Except if we are talking about the Raiders. Their offense just can't score points to be competitive. As much as I hope the Raiders win a game, and they might shock someone and have the perfect game, I don't see it happening against a Chiefs team that has too much talent. KC 30-10
Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks (4:25 p.m. ET Sunday, FOX).
Major NFC West showdown with the Cards coming off a major win vs. the Lions and the Seahawks coming off a dissapointing game at KC where they failed to keep drives going 3 times in the 4th quarter. The offense was still able to run the ball well but they failed to score more than 20 points. Fitzgeralds injury is still in the air which will effect Stanton a bit, but the bottom line is the game is in Seattle so you have to give them the advantage. SEA 20-16
Detroit Lions at New England Patriots (1 p.m. ET Sunday, FOX).
Detroit's defense has been playing fantastic while the Pats offense is rolling. Perhaps the Patriots have met their match in this game against a team that will stop the run and put pressure on the QB with an explosive Dline. I expect some trouble for the pats in this game, however on the other side of the ball Stafford has not played well and the Lions are too quick to abandon their running game. That will probably be the difference in this game as the Pats are impossible to beat at home. But if the Lions can somehow score some points they could pull off the upset, still it would be foolish to bet against Brady at home. NE 27-20
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago Bears (1 p.m. ET Sunday, FOX).
The Bucs think they have a chance to still win their division and if they can string some wins together they can realistically catch up to their weak division foes. The Bears just came off a win, although very ugly vs. the reeling Vikings. I think the Bucs may win this because the Bears are a mess and also Lovie Smith wants to get some revenge, however the Bucs always have a letdown. CHI 24-21
Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans (1 p.m. ET Sunday, CBS).
The Bengals went from horrible to dominating and the Texans have new life with Mallet. The question in this game is which teams show up? Both are incredibly inconsistent, the only consistent thing about both these teams is JJ Watt who is a beast. This game is a major coin flip but I have to give the Texans and Mallet the slight advantage especially if Foster plays. HOU 21-20
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants (8:30 p.m. ET Sunday, NBC).
Any time the Cowboys play a division opponent its going to be overhyped in primetime. In reality the Giants are awful and the Cowboys should dominate them even on the road. But, then again people thought the same thing about the Skins when the Cowboys lost that game. Are the Giants that bad? They handed the game to SF last week with mistakes and still were within striking distance of winning so my answer is maybe. DAL 27-23
Miami Dolphins at Denver Broncos (4:25 p.m. ET Sunday, CBS).
This is the CBS game of the day. The Broncos status of Thomas and Sanders are still unknown as of this article, if they both don't play it would be a huge blow to the Broncos chances here. Miami boasts the 2nd top defense in the NFL overall and matchup well to the Broncos spread offense, we know the broncos will be without their top 2 RB's so Miami will keep them 1 dimensional and Manning won't be able to use play action. On the other side of the ball Miami has the capability of running well so the Broncos can tee off on that and make Tannehill beat them. In the end as much as the Dolphins match up well here the Broncos are impossible to beat at home and its because of Manning. If he continues to play poorly though expect an upset here. DEN 27-24
Washington Redskins at San Francisco 49ers (4:25 p.m. ET Sunday, CBS).
What a mess with the Skins with the coach, WR, and QB all bitching at one another. And it gets worse here as the 49ers are tough to beat at home especially with an east coast team travelling 3 time zones. The 49ers defense will pound RG3 in this one and there will be more bitching after this game. SF offense has been pathetic as well so it will be low scoring. SF 20-9
St. Louis Rams at San Diego Chargers (4:05 p.m. ET Sunday, FOX).
STL loves to play tough opponents and I expect them to play SD hard. Rivers is hobbling and the Chargers look out of sync so don't be surprised if the Rams win again. SD 20-17
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills (1 p.m. ET Sunday, CBS).
We don't know as of this article when the game will be played but the Bills had to miss practice because of the weather, and the city now has to worry about flooding so the stands might not be very packed for this one. If there is a game the Jets can play spoiler in then its this one with the Bills offense not able to score any points.. NYJ 16-14 UPSET of the week
Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts (1 p.m. ET Sunday, CBS).
Its nice to play in a division where you get the Jags twice a year. IND 31-14
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings (1 p.m. ET Sunday, FOX).
Rodgers has another big game. Weather shouldn't be a factor. GB 38-24
Cleveland Browns at Atlanta Falcons (1 p.m. ET Sunday, CBS).
Falcons can smell a division title. Gordon comes back but I do not think its enough to overcome playing in a tough dome environment. ATL 24-20
Tennessee Titans at Philadelphia Eagles (1 p.m. ET Sunday, CBS).
Titans lost a heartbreaker last week and the Eagles are looking to take out their anger on them. PHI 30-20
Baltimore Ravens at New Orleans Saints (8:30 p.m. ET Monday, ESPN).
The Saints are great at home, but lost 2 straight. Now they play another home game this time on MNF where they show up in big games. I have to believe that variance makes it impossible the Saints lose 3 straight at home. This is a pure variance pick. NO 28-22