The Thanksgiving Spread, Week 12 Picks

Arizona Cardinals +3 at St. Louis Rams

It appears that quarterback John Skelton will be replacing Kevin Kolb at quarterback on the road against the St. Louis Rams. However, the St. Louis Rams have completely lost their identity this year, and are struggling to find answers. Look for the Cardinals to run the football and stay in this game by forcing turnovers from the Rams offense.

Buffalo Bills +9.5 at New York Jets

Even the most casual fan could probably tell you that the Buffalo Bills as of late are playing like, well, the Buffalo Bills. After a blazing start, the Bills have lost several in a row and are reeling down the AFC East. Yet, the New York Jets have had their own set of problems this week. Rex Ryan opened his mouth like only he could, and now is starting controversy in the quarterback camp. Veteran (to put it nicely) Mark Brunell allegedly took first team snaps this week along with Sanchez. Let’s see if that post Thanksgiving-binge-nap helped Rex Ryan clear his head and pick the right quarterback.

Cincinnati Bengals -7 vs. Cleveland Browns

Like they have been all season, the Bengals come into this game very underrated. Despite falling to both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, the Bengals are still high on confidence. With a rookie quarterback, they competed in both games and were able to spread the ball around. Cleveland is still Cleveland, and the Bengals will be able to take advantage of a weak secondary as Dalton will be able to get the ball downfield to A.J. Green.

Houston Texans -7 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Let the Matt Leinart era begin. And this time, he has a better running back duo than what was behind him at USC. Arian Foster and Ben Tate have been one of the most lethal combo’s in the league, and even with an inexperienced quarterback, will be able to use play action to pass the football. It is expected that Andre Johnson will be back for this one and ready to go. Leinart, my advice, throw it far and really high, let Andre go get it.

Carolina Panthers -4 at Indianapolis Colts

Peyton Manning is still on the sidelines.. Curtis Painter is at quarterback. I’ll take the running combo of Jonathan Stewart and DeAngello Williams to finally get going behind a struggling offensive line. The gunslinging, superman-vest showing Cam Newton will be able to use play action against a horrid run defense to pull the safties in, allowing deep threat Steve Smith to make plays.

Tennessee Titans -3 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With the 26th ranked rush defense, the Buccaneers may be the team that displays the speed and athleticism of Chris Johnson. Matt Hasselbeck is healthy, and ready to use the spread offense to give Johnson room between the tackles and chances to use underneath routes to march the football down the field. The questionmark for the Titans, can they tackle LeGarette Blount.

Atlanta Falcons -10 vs. Minnesota Vikings

Adrian Peterson is hurt, and not active. Matt Ryan is playing in his third straight home game, and he doesn’t lose at home. Moving on.

Chicago Bears +3 at Oakland Raiders

No one wants to go into the black hole with an inexperienced quarterback, not even the second city. However, when that quarterback can hand the ball off and pass it to Matt Forte, it makes it a little easier. Oh, and that Devin Hester guy, he’s really fast, and people continue to punt to him. Look for Hester to take one back on a slippery field.

Seattle Seahawks -3 vs. Washington Redskinds

In the (it’s still an NFL game but not really worth talking about) battle of the century, I’ll bet on the 12th man. No one travels well to Seattle, and the Redskins and Rex Grossman will be no exception.

New England Patriots +3.5  at Philadelphia Eagles

Off all the acquisitions made over the offseason, the starters today coming from it will be Vince Young and Ronnie Brown.. With the corners that the Eagles have, they seemingly would matchup perfectly with the pass happy Patriots. Yet, only Asante Samuel is healthy and playing, expect the Eagles to GetGronked at least twice.

Denver Broncos +6 at San Diego Chargers

If I know anything, it’s that these quarterbacks couldn’t be more of polar opposites. Tebow is succeeding, and doing so by motivating his team. Phillip Rivers is struggling, and throwing picks instead of throwing it away at the end of games. Tebow has created the new craze, (no, not Tebowing), but TebowTime. Through his five starts, Tebow has the same amount of rushing attempts as pass completions. Tim Tebow wins, bottom line, and I’ll pick that line.

Pittsburgh Steelers +11 at Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City just picked up Kyle Orton off of waivers, and the Steelers are healthy. And by healthy, I mean Ben Roethlisberger is banged up and primed to have one of those, “You didn’t know how he would play because of injury, but throws for 380 and 4 td’s” James Harrison, LaMarr Woodley and Lawrence Timmons are all on the field for the first time since week three, and that’s bad news for anyone who isn’t accustomed to a new system.

New York Giants +7.5 at New Orleans Saints

If this line was anything under a touchdown, pour me a bowl of gumbo. But, it’s not. It’s over a touchdown, and the Giants are too good of a team to get beat by over seven on Monday Night Football. Despite injuries on the defensive side, this is a must win for the Giants. They fell in a road loss to the Eagles, but are primed to establish the run game and keep Drew Brees off of the field.


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