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Nov. 28, 2015

NFL Week 12 Predictions

by Robert Pfefferle, Online Sports Editor, Sandeep David, Online Opinions Editor, Lauren Frost, Online Entertainment Editor and Charles Lott, Online Features Editor
Standings:
1. Bobby: 92-55
2. Sandeep: 88-59
3. Lauren: 88-59
4. Charlie: 86-61

Eagles at Lions
Bobby: Lions
Sandeep: Lions
Lauren: Lions
Charlie: Lions

Bobby says: This Eagles team is embarrassingly bad. Detroit took down Green Bay on the road last week, and I have hope they can take Philly at home.
Sandeep says: The Lions always win on Thanksgiving - unless they play the Packers.
Lauren says: While it appeared the Eagles team was making strides it is clear that they are just plain bad.
Charlie says: Matt Stafford and the Lions play their best on Thanksgiving.

Panthers at Cowboys
Bobby: Panthers
Sandeep: Panthers
Lauren: Panthers
Charlie: Panthers

Bobby says: The Cowboys might slowly be getting healthy again, but I can’t see them beating the undefeated Panthers. Keep dabbing Cam.
Sandeep says: The Panthers D should stifle rusty Romo.
Lauren says: I always pick the Panthers…
Charlie says: The Panthers are playing great football, and with Josh Norman shutting down Dez Bryant the Cowboys don't stand a chance.

Bears at Packers
Bobby: Packers
Sandeep: Packers
Lauren: Packers
Charlie: Packers

Bobby says: No way the Packers let rival Chicago come in and win.
Sandeep says: This is a game the Packers know they have to win. Rodgers and co. won't fail to show up at home against the Bears.
Lauren says: This is a huge game for the Packers and one that they can definitely control.
Charlie says: The Packers haven't lost to the Bears at Lambo in years. Then again, we said the same thing about the Lions.

Giants at Redskins
Bobby: Giants
Sandeep: Giants
Lauren: Redskins
Charlie: Giants

Bobby says: I can’t believe the Redskins are playing meaningful games still. Doesn’t mean they’re going to win them though.
Sandeep says: Eli Manning and OBJ will go off today in this decisive NFC Least matchup.
Lauren says: Root for the home team! The Redskins are very on and off but I think they can come through on this one, neither the Giants offense or defense are consistent and Cousins has a good chance against them.
Charlie says: Eli Manning shows up for the big games. Kirk Cousins does the opposite.

Raiders at Titans
Bobby: Raiders
Sandeep: Raiders
Lauren: Raiders
Charlie: Titans

Bobby says: Derek Carr and Amari Cooper need to outperform the rookie Mariota in order to keep their season alive.
Sandeep says: As long as Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree can hold on to the ball, the Raiders should have this one in the bag.
Lauren says: The
Charlie says: This Titans defense has the ability to shut down Derek Carr, and Delanie Walker is primed for a huge game.

Bills at Chiefs
Bobby: Chiefs
Sandeep: Chiefs
Lauren: Chiefs
Charlie: Chiefs

Bobby says: Tyrod Taylor hurt his shoulder on Monday night. I don’t expect this Bills team to bounce back off the short week full of energy. Look for LeSean McCoy to have plenty of carries.
Sandeep says: The Chiefs are hot right now on a four game winning streak and Spencer Ware has been uncontainable.
Lauren says: The Chiefs have been playing well lately and their defense should be able to easily guard the Bills.
Charlie says: This Chiefs defense is playing better than any other team in the league, and in Kansas they can take the Bills.

Buccaneers at Colts
Bobby: Colts
Sandeep: Buccaneers
Lauren: Colts
Charlie: Buccaneers

Bobby says: Matt Hasselback managed to down the Falcons last week. I expect him to keep Indy’s offense rolling against Tampa this week.
Sandeep says: The Colts are 2-0 since I started picking against them... In other news, Hasselbeck is one of three undefeated quarterbacks in the league!
Lauren says: Though the Bucs have been playing better the Colts, for some reason, have been winning without Andrew Luck.
Charlie says: Jameis Winston is playing like the first overall draft pick right now, and with Vincent Jackson back in the lineup he can pass all over Matt Hasselbeck’s Colts.

Saints at Texans
Bobby: Texans
Sandeep: Texans
Lauren: Texans
Charlie: Texans

Bobby says: This game is going to be hard to watch. The Saints have no defense whatsoever, and the Texans really have no offense. I expect this to be a close one, but also an ugly one.
Sandeep says: With Brian Hoyer back, expect DeAndre Hopkins to go off on the Saints weak secondary.
Lauren says: The Saints just have 0 defense.
Charlie says: The Texans just beat the Bengals, and Brian Hoyer is back. There's no answer in the New Orleans secondary for Nuk Hopkins.

Vikings at Falcons
Bobby: Vikings
Sandeep: Vikings
Lauren: Vikings
Charlie: Vikings

Bobby says: Despite the disappointing loss in Green Bay, Minnesota still has a shot at the division. They’ll seize the opportunity this week. Bridgewater looks great.
Sandeep says: With an injured Devonta Freeman and a faltering Roddy White, the Falcons don't have much in the way of an offensive - especially with unpredictable Matt Ryan at the helm. Adrian Peterson should have a field day.
Lauren says:
Charlie says: Devonta is out for this game, and the Vikings will be hungry to snatch the division lead away from Green Bay.

Rams at Bengals
Bobby: Bengals
Sandeep: Bengals
Lauren: Bengals
Charlie: Bengals

Bobby says: Expect the Dalton-Green combo to keep the chains moving all day for Cincy.
Sandeep says: The Cincinnati D will overwhelm whoever is playing quarterback this week for the Rams and will turn around that two game losing streak.
Lauren says: The Bengals defense is going to be too much for the inconsistent Rams.
Charlie says: I don't care if it's Nick Foles or Case Keenum under center, this Rams passing game has no chance against Cincinnati.

Chargers at Jaguars
Bobby: Jaguars
Sandeep: Jaguars
Lauren: Jaguars
Charlie: Jaguars

Bobby says: TJ Yeldon should have a fun afternoon.
Sandeep says: As long as Blake Bortles stops throwing picks and the Jags secondary holds strong, they'll easily beat the Chargers.
Lauren says: If the Jags do a halfway decent job on defense they will have no problem defeating this suffering Chargers team.
Charlie says: The Chargers look like a team that really wants the number one overall draft pick next year, and the Jaguars still have a chance in their division.

Dolphins at Jets
Bobby: Jets
Sandeep: Jets
Lauren: Jets
Charlie: Jets

Bobby says: The tough Jets D has struggled as of late, but look for them to be all over Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins offense.
Sandeep says: Miami has been very inconsistent and has been playing badly as of late. With Fitzpatrick back, they should be able to take this Dolphins team.
Lauren says:
Charlie says: The Jets and Chris Ivory need a bounce back game, and playing Miami at home is the perfect opportunity.

Cardinals at 49ers
Bobby: Cardinals
Sandeep: Cardinals
Lauren: Cardinals
Charlie: Cardinals

Bobby says: Carson Palmer is going to destroy San Francisco's secondary.
Sandeep says: The best move for the '9ers at this point is probably to tank and get a good draft pick.
Lauren says: The 49ers are such a mess.
Charlie says: The 49ers don't even stand a chance.

Steelers at Seahawks
Bobby: Seahawks
Sandeep: Seahawks
Lauren: Seahawks
Charlie: Steelers

Bobby says: No Marshawn Lynch? No problem. Thomas Rawles and the Seahawks defense are just as potent as the Steelers minus Bell. Put the Seattle’s 12th man into play, and the Seahawks win at home.
Sandeep says: Given the distance that the Steelers are traveling and that this is a must-win for the Hawks to stay relevant in the wild-card race, I'll take the Seahawks at home.
Lauren says: At home the Seahawks play amazingly even without Marshawn Lynch expect for Wilson and the Seahawks to pull through.
Charlie says: One of the best games this week. This Steelers team is finally at full strength (sorry Le’Veon), and they'll win this game by a little.

Patriots at Broncos
Bobby: Patriots
Sandeep: Patriots
Lauren: Patriots
Charlie: Broncos

Bobby says: This would’ve been a great game had Peyton Manning been healthy.
Sandeep says: It's extremely difficult for a new QB to play against the Patriots' confusing defensive formations.
Lauren says: Without Peyton Manning the Broncos usually dynamic offense is going to suffer especially against the undefeated Patriots team.
Charlie says: Another great game. Brock Osweiler runs this offense better than Peyton Manning, and he figures to win against an injury-depleted Patriots team.

Ravens at Browns
Bobby: Browns
Sandeep: Browns
Lauren:Browns
Charlie: Browns

Bobby says: Sorry Johnny Manziel, the Browns don’t need you this week.
Sandeep says: McCown dropped 457 yards and two TDs in Baltimore, he should easily lead the Browns to a win in Cleveland.
Lauren says: The Ravens weren't even playing well with their starting QB. Without Flacco they're going to suffer even more.
Charlie says: Matt Schaub?! If Joe Flacco went down last year our backup would've been Tyrod Taylor. Talk about a downgrade.



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