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NFL Week 12 2022: Picks and predictions for every game

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It’s time for our NFL Week 12 picks and predictions, starting with a trio of intriguing Thanksgiving Day clashes. Enjoy the turkey!

Matchup
Buffalo Bills
7-3
Detroit Lions
4-6
Thursday, Nov. 24
12:30 p.m. ET
CBS
BUF -9

The Lions have won three straight, and the Bills are now playing a second consecutive game in Detroit. The world is on tilt. That said, Buffalo might not have to put on Thanksgiving.

Pick: Buffalo 34, Detroit 27

Matchup
New York Giants
7-3
Dallas Cowboys
7-3
Thursday, Nov. 24
4:30 p.m. ET
FOX
DAL -9

Great matchup on a holiday. The Cowboys and Giants both need to win or face dropping down the NFC playoff picture. Dallas won the first matchup, and it should handle business here at home.

Pick: Dallas 26, New York 19

Matchup
New England Patriots
6-4
Minnesota Vikings
8-2
Thursday, Nov. 24
8:20 p.m. ET
NBC
MIN -3

The Vikings are coming off a humiliating loss to the Cowboys. One would think they come out with fire and squash New England, who has no offense to speak of.

Pick: Minnesota 23, New England 19

Matchup
Denver Broncos
3-7
Carolina Panthers
3-8
Sunday, Nov. 27
1 p.m. ET
FOX
DEN -2.5

I’d rather write about supply-side economics than this game.

Pick: Denver 13, Carolina 10

Matchup
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
5-5
Cleveland Browns
3-7
Sunday, Nov. 27
1 p.m. ET
FOX
TB -3

The Buccaneers are coming off their bye and playing a Browns team which, without Deshaun Watson, simply doesn’t have a passing game to fear.

Pick: Tampa Bay 22, Cleveland 16

Matchup
Atlanta Falcons
5-6
Washington Commanders
6-5
Sunday, Nov. 27
1 p.m. ET
FOX
WSH -3.5

Washington is making a push beyond quarterback Taylor Heinicke, going 4-1 in his starts. Like the Commanders to keep rolling here.

Pick: Washington 30, Atlanta 24

Matchup
Baltimore Ravens
7-3
Jacksonville Jaguars
3-7
Sunday, Nov. 27
1 p.m. ET
CBS
BAL -4

The Ravens have had some close calls against bad teams this season, but the Jaguars might not have enough offensive punch to pull the upset.

Pick: Baltimore 24, Jacksonville 21

Matchup
Chicago Bears
3-8
New York Jets
6-4
Sunday, Nov. 27
1 p.m. ET
FOX
NYJ -6

If Justin Fields doesn’t play, this might be the worst quarterback play we see this week. And keep in mind the Broncos and Panthers are meeting up.

Pick: New York 23, Chicago 18

Matchup
Cincinnati Bengals
6-4
Tennessee Titans
7-3
Sunday, Nov. 27
1 p.m. ET
CBS
CIN -1

Great game. The Bengals need to keep winning while the Titans are free and clear in the AFC South. Much more important for Cincinnati, and it shows.

Pick: Cincinnati 24, Tennessee 22

Matchup
Houston Texans
1-8-1
Miami Dolphins
7-3
Sunday, Nov. 27
1 p.m. ET
CBS
MIA -12

This could be a ritualistic killing. Tough to see the Texans being competitive for more than a half in this one.

Pick: Miami 38, Houston 20

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