Welcome to Week 12 of the NFL season. First off, let me say Happy Thanksgiving to everyone out there. As part of the NFL tradition, we will have 3 games played on Thanksgiving. My record last week 3-3 and my overall mark drops to 56-31. The overall winning percentage drops from 65.4 to 64.4%. Tennessee went to Baltimore and beat the Ravens in OT in a rematch from last year’s playoffs. In another OT thriller, the Colts defeated the Packers 34-31. The final loss came when the Los Angeles Rams went to Tampa Bay and defeated the Bucs 27-24. In the Monday night game, Tom Brady tossed two interceptions in the loss. This week I’ll be predicting a total of 7 games with the hopes of improving my winning percentage.
The first game on Thanksgiving will see the Houston Texans travel to Detroit to face the Lions. The evening game will have the Washington Football Team travel to Dallas to face the Cowboys. The final game will see the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers host the Baltimore Ravens.
We have the Houston Texans traveling to Detroit to face the Lions. The Texans are trying to slowly turn their dreaded season around. After beating the Patriots, Houston has won two of their last three games. Deshaun Watson is coming off his beat game of the season against the Patriots. Houston is hoping their defense can contain the Lions high powered passing offense. Can the Texans beat the Lions and make it three wins in four games? The Lions have lost three of their last four games. Matthew Stafford is dealing with injuries heading into this game. Detroit is hoping to rebound after being shut out by the Carolina Panthers. Both teams need a win and I’m picking the Texans to pull it out. Houston Win 31-21
We head to the NFC East in a battle where the winner will take over first place. The Washington Redskins head to Dallas to face the Cowboys. Alex Smith picked up his first win in two years last week after his horrific leg injury. The Redskins are poised to possibly make a run. They have an efficient offense, and the defensive line is one of the better ones. Dallas is also hoping to make a run at the division title. Andy Dalton returned last week and lead the Cowboys to a win over Minnesota on the road. With the division lead on the line, can the Dallas defense step it up? Will Alex Smith have enough time in the pocket to carve up the Cowboys defense? I’m picking Dallas to win and take over the NFC East lead. Dallas Win 30-27
The final Thanksgiving game will be a battle of AFC North teams. The Baltimore Ravens head to Pittsburgh to face the undefeated Steelers. Baltimore have lost two in a row and three of their last four games. One of those losses came at the hands of Pittsburgh. The Ravens could be without Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins as they both tested positive for Covid-19. With the Ravens needing this game badly, Lamar Jackson will need an MVP performance. Can Baltimore finally hand Pittsburgh their first loss? Pittsburgh enters this game 10-0, but people still aren’t giving them their props. Big Ben and the offense seem like they can turn it up when they really want to. On the defensive side, they’re one of the best in the league. T.J. Watt is in the defensive player of the year discussions. Can the Steelers continue to frustrate Lamar Jackson? I’m picking the Steelers to be 11-0 after this one. Pittsburgh Win 31-21
We stay in the AFC for the first marquee matchup on Sunday. The Tennessee Titans head to Indianapolis to face the Colts foe first place in the AFC South. The Titans are hoping to get back on track and make a run at the division title. Before their win against Baltimore in overtime, they had lost three of four games. One of those losses came at the hands of Indianapolis. The Colts are coming off a very impressive win over Green Bay in OT. The offense seems to be getting better seeing they scored 34 points two weeks in a row against really good teams. With a win over the Titans, Indianapolis would own any tiebreaker if they were to finish tied. This is another tough one to pick, but I’m choosing the Colts to win. Indianapolis Win 31-28
We head down south for this matchup many thought could be the Super Bowl matchup earlier in the season. The Kansas City Chiefs travel to Tampa, the home of Super Bowl LV to face the Buccaneers. The Chiefs are coming off an impressive win in Las Vegas to avenge their only loss. Patrick Mahomes continues to dazzle and made his way back into the MVP conversation. Can the Chiefs continue their winning ways? After winning 3 games in a row, many declared Tampa Bay the best team in the NFC. Since then, Tampa have dropped two of three, including Monday’s loss to the Rams. Tom Brady has struggled, and the defense can’t stop the opposing offense all of a sudden. Tampa is fighting to remain in playoff contention now instead of a division crown. I’m picking the Chiefs to leave with the win. Kansas City Win 34-27
We have the Sunday night game between two of the biggest rivals in sports. The Chicago Bears head to Lambeau to battle the Green Bay Packers. Both teams need a win to boost their confidence. Chicago went from possible Super Bowl contenders to possibly missing the playoffs. The Bears have dropped four games in a row and the offense looks horrible. Nick Foles was injured in the last game and we don’t know the status of Mitchell Trubisky’s elbow. Can the Bears end their losing streak? Green Bay lost to the Colts in OT and loss the top spot in the NFC in the process. The Packers are hoping to create more padding in the NFC North. If they beat the Bears, they will all but wrap up the division crown. With the Eagles, Lions and Panthers being the Packers next 3 games, they should get back on track. I’m picking the Pack to win and be the start of another win streak. Green Bay Win 35-20
The final game of the week is of course the Monday night game. The Seattle Seahawks travel to Philadelphia to face the Eagles. Seattle have had the Eagles number in recent years. Last year, they beat Philly in the regular season and in the playoffs. Russell Wilson usually have a good game against the Eagles. The Seahawks defense has been the problem this season. Can they frustrate Carson Wentz into turning the ball over? Philadelphia are in the need to pick up wins and they would have to do it against one of the most difficult schedules. By the time this game is played, either Dallas or Washington will have overtaken them for first place. This Eagles team just isn’t any good and you factor in the injuries, Seattle should win. Seattle Win 23-17
There we are my predictions for the 2020 Week 12 NFL season. What games intrigue you the most for the 2020 Week 12 NFL weekend? What do you think about my picks? Leave some feedback below about anything NFL related or my 2020 Week 12 NFL predictions. Check out my top 5 teams from both conferences below heading into the 2020 Week 12 NFL weekend.
My Top 5 AFC Teams
- Pittsburgh Steelers
- Kansas City Chiefs
- Indianapolis Colts
- Buffalo Bills
- Tennessee Titans
My Top 5 NFC Teams
- New Orleans Saints
- Los Angeles Rams
- Green Bay Packers
- Seattle Seahawks
- Arizona Cardinals