The Colts Authority Week 12 NFL Picks

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Good morning, Colts fans.  I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving.  I, personally, had the pie of my life (I couldn’t help it, I love that little joke).  Every week, NFL prognosticators, pundits, and the talking heads on pre-game shows make their game predictions.  This year, we here at the Colts Authority have enjoyed posting our own NFL picks as well. 

Last week, several of our writers did extremely well, including some who were unable to participate this week, with a couple people going 13-1 and no one guessing more than three games wrong.  This week, due to the holiday, we don’t have as many participants, but we nevertheless picked our winners for some interesting Week 12 matchups. 

If any of you would like to show off your own game prediction skills, please feel free to do so in the comments, on our Facebook page, or you can email them to marcus@coltsauthority.com with the suject "NFL Picks."  Last week, our top set of reader picks came from the comments: paulcareyjr at an impressive 10-4.

Here are this week's staff picks:

Josh Boeke

79-30

(71-25)

Scott Kacsmar

80-33

(70-27)

Kyle Rodriguez

76-36

(68-28)

Marcus Dugan

 80-33

(69-28)

Rohan Bhasin

77-35

(69-27)

Greg Cowan

75-38

(67-31)

 

HOU

 

HOU

DET

DET

 

DAL

WAS

WAS

DAL

DAL

 

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

IND

IND

IND

IND

IND

IND

PIT

PIT

PIT

PIT

PIT

CLE

CIN

CIN

OAK

CIN

CIN

CIN

CHI

CHI

CHI

CHI

CHI

CHI

TEN

TEN

TEN

TEN

TEN

TEN

TB

ATL

TB

ATL

ATL

ATL

SEA

SEA

SEA

SEA

SEA

SEA

DEN

DEN

DEN

DEN

DEN

 

BAL

BAL

SD

BAL

BAL

BAL

SF

SF

SF

SF

NO

NO

STL

STL

STL

ARI

ARI

STL

NYG

GB

GB

NYG

GB

GB

PHI

PHI

PHI

CAR

CAR

CAR

 

Laura Calloway

68-28

(55-27)

Lou Pin

64-32

(54-29)

Nate Dunlevy

45-23

(45-23)

Todd Smith

76-35

(64-32)

Brent Fatig

 69-30

(58-25)

Marco Gutiérrez

39-17

(27-15)

 

 

 

DET

HOU

 

 

 

 

WAS

DAL

 

 

 

 

NE

NE

 

 

 

 

IND

IND

 

 

 

 

PIT

CLE

 

 

 

 

CIN

CIN

 

 

 

 

CHI

CHI

 

 

 

 

TEN

JAX

 

 

 

 

ATL

ATL

 

 

 

 

 

SEA

 

 

 

 

 

DEN

 

 

 

 

BAL

BAL

 

 

 

 

SF

SF

 

 

 

 

STL

STL

 

 

 

 

GB

GB

 

 

 

 

CAR

PHI

 

 

And, of course a quick-take breakdown of this week's games:

Houston @ Detroit

Hard-fought, if not controversial, overtime win for the Texans

Washington @ Dallas

A nice, efficient game from RGIII looked like a blowout before Romo and the Cowboys came to life late in the game.   Washington held on for the win, 38-31

New England @ NY Jets

The Patriots will win their division, whereas the Jets are chasing Indy for a wild card spot.  New England’s win, as much as it pains me to say, may have helped the Colts. 

Buffalo @ Indianapolis

I won’t lie; this game makes me a little nervous.  Nevertheless, a win tomorrow against the Bills would be a huge confidence boost here in the home stretch. 

Pittsburgh @ Cleveland

The unlucky Browns will face the Steelers, featuring a blast from the past with Plaxico Burress catching balls from 85-year-old quarterback Charlie Batch. 

Oakland @ Cincinnati

The Raiders and Bengals were each on opposite ends of blowouts last week, with Cincy beating the Chiefs, and Oakland losing to the Saints.  I’m leaning toward the home team.

Minnesota @ Chicago

Jay Cutler may not be able to play tomorrow, and the Vikings have a chance to pull even with the Bears.  Chicago has lost two in a row. 

Tennessee @ Jacksonville

This game looked easy to predict, but with Chad Henne making big plays for the Jaguars, it’s a little more up in the air now.  I still went with Tennessee, though. 

Atlanta @ Tampa Bay

If this game comes down to running and stopping the run, my money is on the Bucs.  I don’t think it will, though, so I picked Atlanta.  If I’m wrong, it wouldn’t be the first time.    

Seattle @ Miami

A battle of rookie quarterbacks and strong defenses.  Seattle has the 32nd ranked passing offense, but Miami is in total free-fall mode.  It’s hard not to pick the Seahawks.

Denver @ Kansas City

Peyton Manning.  That is all. 

Baltimore @ San Diego

Baltimore has struggled on the road.  So how ‘bout a road game in warm, beautiful San Diego?  Get ready for Rivers to get that incredulous look on his face again. 

San Francisco @ New Orleans

Kaepernick might get the start for SF.  Quick note: the longer a backup quarterback plays, the more he looks like a backup.  See: John Skelton, Curtis Painter, Paul Justin (goin’ way back)

St. Louis @ Arizona

Rookie Ryan Lindley will start for the Cards against the Rams tomorrow.  Who, you ask, is Lindley?  We don’t know, but they clearly aren’t very happy with John Skelton.    

Green Bay @ NY Giants

The Giants, who tend to forget how to win in November, will be looking to end both their 2 game skid, and the red-hot Packers’ 5 game win streak. 

Carolina @ Philadelphia

I don’t know the flex scheduling rules, but…Oh, well.  Despite the records, this could be an exciting game between two teams full of guys playing for their jobs. 

 

There you have it.  Good luck to any of you who choose to add your predictions.  Have a great weekend, and Go Colts!

Marcus Dugan

About Marcus Dugan

Marcus is a husband, dad, twitter geek, and all around average guy who covers news, game recaps, and additional material for The Colts Authority, while working even harder as a real estate broker near Indianapolis.

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