Week 12 NFL Picks; Raiders-Cowboys, Bills-Saints, Highlight Thanksgiving Slate

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. We will all be celebrating on Thursday with our families and watching the Detroit Lions play football. A true Thanksgiving tradition. The Lions come into Thursday winless for just the first time since 2008, a season in which they finished 0-16. Could this be the week? In the second game of the day, the reeling Raiders, losers of 3 straight, take on the Cowboys in Jerry World. If the Raiders want any chance at a playoff opportunity, the time is now to get a victory. In what has been a harrowing season for the Raiders, it's hard to fault them. Dallas will look to rebound following a tough defeat to the Chiefs last week. In the nightcap, the struggling Bills take on the Saints in New Orleans. I expect a big fantasy performance from Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs. Baltimore hosts Cleveland on Sunday Night Football. The Browns will get some help as Jack Conklin and Kareem Hunt return from injury. Lamar Jackson is 4-1 against Cleveland in his career, posting a 67% completion percentage, 14 touchdowns, and a QB rating of 113. Another AFC North battle has Pittsburgh traveling to Cincinnati in the second matchup between the teams (Bengals won 24-10 @ Pittsburgh in Week 3). The trajectory of the AFC North will start to take shape after this week. Tom Brady returns to Indianapolis, this time with the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay's 1st ranked rushing defense (78.4 YPG) matches up with the Colts 4th ranked rushing offense (147.9 YPG), in what will be a highly anticipated battle. Tennessee heads to New England reeling from a loss to Houston last week. The rested Rams take on the Packers in Lambeau at 4:25 PM ET on FOX. Aaron Rodgers is battling through a toe injury and LA has lost 2 straight. We are set up for a great week of football!


Find out who The Cut contributors like in this week's games, as they now hold a 59% winning percentage


Here are the current standings:


1. Sean: 106-59 @sward_1212

T2. Sweet: 97-68 @AllEliteSweet

T2. Adam: 97-68 @AdammackNFL

4. Randy: 95-70 @RHallNFL

5. Christian: 93-72 @CWilliamsNFL


*(3-7) Chicago Bears (-3) @ (0-9) Detroit Lions (12:30 PM ET, FOX) Over/Under: 41.5


Sweet: Lions 23-20


Randy: Bears 16-10


Christian: Lions 20-17


Adam: Lions 17-14


Sean: Bears 27-24

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*(5-5) Las Vegas Raiders @ (7-3) Dallas Cowboys (-7.5) (4:30 PM ET, CBS) Over/Under: 51.5


Sweet: Cowboys 34-17


Randy: Cowboys 27-20


Christian: Cowboys 34-21


Adam: Cowboys 24-12


Sean: Cowboys 38-31


*(6-4) Buffalo Bills (-6) @ (5-5) New Orleans Saints (8:20 PM ET, NBC) Over/Under: 45.5


Sweet: Bills 29-21


Randy: Bills 24-13


Christian: Bills 28-27


Adam: Bills 27-20


Sean: Bills 27-21

Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA Today Sports

(5-4-1) Pittsburgh Steelers @ (6-4) Cincinnati Bengals (-4.5) (1:00 PM ET, CBS) Over/Under: 45


Sweet: Bengals 27-17


Randy: Bengals 23-21


Christian: Steelers 24-21


Adam: Bengals 35-14


Sean: Bengals 28-23

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(6-3) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3) @ (6-5) Indianapolis Colts (1:00 PM ET, FOX) Over/Under: 52.5


Sweet: Buccaneers 31-20


Randy: Buccaneers 30-27


Christian: Buccaneers 31-27


Adam: Colts 42-33


Sean: Buccaneers 31-28


(5-6) Carolina Panthers (-2) @ (4-7) Miami Dolphins (1:00 PM ET, FOX) Over/Under: 42


Sweet: Dolphins 17-13


Randy: Panthers 21-17


Christian: Panthers 24-20


Adam: Panthers 27-20


Sean: Panthers 24-21

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(8-3) Tennessee Titans @ (7-4) New England Patriots (-6.5) (1:00 PM ET, CBS) Over/Under: 44


Sweet: Patriots 31-13


Randy: Patriots 23-17


Christian: Patriots 24-17


Adam: Patriots 21-10


Sean: Patriots 28-27


(5-6) Philadelphia Eagles (-3.5) @ (3-6) New York Giants (1:00 PM ET, FOX) Over/Under: 45.5


Sweet: Eagles 20-17


Randy: Eagles 26-24


Christian: Eagles 34-28


Adam: Eagles 600-3


Sean: Eagles 31-27


(4-6) Atlanta Falcons @ (2-8) Jacksonville Jaguars (EVEN) (1:00 PM ET, CBS) Over/Under: 46.5


Sweet: Falcons 24-17


Randy: Falcons 17-14


Christian: Falcons 17-10


Adam: Jaguars 10-7


Sean: Jaguars 34-31

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(2-8) New York Jets @ (2-8) Houston Texans (-2.5) (1:00 PM ET, CBS) Over/Under: 44.5


Sweet: Jets 28-25


Randy: Texans 23-19


Christian: Texans 24-16


Adam: Texans 17-14


Sean: Texans 24-21


(6-4) Los Angeles Chargers (-2.5) @ (5-5) Denver Broncos (4:05 PM ET, CBS) Over/Under: 48


Sweet: Broncos 30-29


Randy: Chargers 27-24


Christian: Chargers 24-20


Adam: Chargers 30-17


Sean: Chargers 37-31

Image via Packers Wire/USA Today Sports


(7-3) Los Angeles Rams @ (8-3) Green Bay Packers (EVEN) (4:25 PM ET, FOX) Over/Under: 47.5


Sweet: Packers 31-23


Randy: Rams 24-20


Christian: Rams 34-24


Adam: Packers 30-27


Sean: Packers 34-30

Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA Today Sports


(5-5) Minnesota Vikings @ (5-5) San Francisco 49ers (-3) (4:25 PM ET, FOX) Over/Under: 48.5


Sweet: Vikings 30-17


Randy: Vikings 27-23


Christian: Vikings 24-23


Adam: Vikings 24-21


Sean: 49ers 24-21


**(6-5) Cleveland Browns @ (7-3) Baltimore Ravens (-3.5) (8:20 PM ET, NBC) Over/Under: 45.5


Sweet: Ravens 38-17


Randy: Ravens 30-21


Christian: Browns 31-27


Adam: Browns 24-21


Sean: Ravens 31-27


***(3-7) Seattle Seahawks @ (4-6) Washington Football Team (-1) (8:15 PM ET, ESPN) Over/Under: 46.5


Sweet: Seahawks 21-20


Randy: Football Team 26-22


Christian: Football Team 24-20


Adam: Football Team 24-10


Sean: Seahawks 35-28


* Thanksgiving Game *

** Baltimore hosts Cleveland on Sunday Night Football **

*** Washington hosts Seattle on Monday Night Football ***


Week 12 Byes: (7-4) Kansas City Chiefs, (9-2) Arizona Cardinals

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