Ron Glover’s Week 12 NFL Picks: Tis the season of the spoiler

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Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins are a team contenders don’t want to face late in the season.

The playoff picture is beginning to take shape for several teams throughout the league. For those who were unable to get a grasp on their season, this year’s campaign could not end quicker.

Underachievers can take solace in playing the role of spoiler to a division rival or another team looking to make a playoff splash.

Games of note this week: Falcons at Buccaneers, Vikings at Bears, 49ers at Saints and Packers at Giants.

Sunday November 25, 2012: Games beginning at 1:00 pm:

Buffalo Bills (4-6) at Indianapolis Colts (6-4) – The Colts took their medicine last week. This week, they re-enter the playoff hunt.

Colts 27 – Bills 13

Seattle Seahawks (6-4) at Miami Dolphins (4-6) – The Dolphins still have something to play for. So does Seattle.

Dolphins 21 – Seattle 20

Atlanta Falcons (9-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-4) – If the Bucs D can make a play or two it would go a long way.

Buccaneers 28 – Falcons 24

Oakland Raiders (3-7) at Cincinnati Bengals (5-5) – Last week the Bengals got their second wind. This week they will make a push for the second season.

Bengals 27 – Raiders 20

Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4) at Cleveland Browns (2-8) – Tough game here for the Steelers. The Browns have hung in every game this season. This week it pays off.

Browns 23 – Steelers 16

Tennessee Titans (4-6) at Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9) – Things can’t get much worse for the Jags who lost Blaine Gabbert for the rest of the season. They earned my respect against the Texans last week.

Jags 23 – Titans 17

Denver Broncos (7-3) at Kansas City Chiefs (1-9) – No Willis McGahee, no problem. The Broncos have more than enough running backs to deal with the Chiefs. Von Miller is hitting a late season stride.

Broncos 31 – Chiefs 13

Minnesota Vikings (6-4) at Chicago Bears (7-3) – If this game was in Minny, I would be more confident to take the Vikings. I’m going to assume that Jay Cutler can’t go anyway and take the visitors.

Vikings 24 – Bears 14

Games beginning at 4:05 pm or later:

Baltimore Ravens (8-2) at San Diego Chargers (4-6) – Now that Norv Turner knows he’s all but done, this is the time to let it all hang out.

Ravens 20 – Chargers 13

San Francisco 49ers (7-2-1) at New Orleans Saints (5-5) – The Saints march on.

Saints 30 – 49ers 20

St. Louis Rams (3-6-1) at Arizona Cardinals (4-6) – Seven straight losses for the Cardinals.

Rams 26 – Cardinals 17

Green Bay Packers (7-3) at New York Giants (6-4) – The Giants know the magnitude of this game. This is the time of year where Tom Coughlin earns his money.

Giants 28 – Packers 27

Monday November 26, 2012, 8:30 pm:

Carolina Panthers (2-8) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-7) – Cam Newton slams the door shut on Andy Reid’s tenure in Philadelphia.

Panthers 33 – Eagles 14

Last Week: 10-4

2012 Season: 97-62-1

2 Responses to “Ron Glover’s Week 12 NFL Picks: Tis the season of the spoiler”

  1. Temple3 says:

    This has been a strange season…a changing of the guard type of season. The only 3 teams that we can say are almost definitely going to win their division are New England, Houston, and Denver — and that’s because the rest of the teams in their division are so weak.

    San Francisco isn’t a lock over Seattle. Atlanta isn’t a lock over Tampa. ATL’s schedule down the stretch is going to be where they gain respect or fall back to the pack. The Packers and Bears are knotted. The Steelers still have a shot vs. the Ravens. The Giants could go either way — and Washington is still in the picture.

    Ten NFC teams are within 2 games of each other with 6 to go. In the AFC, 7 teams are within 2 games of each other. The mathematical elimination game is going to heat up really quickly – but for now, it seems like everyone has a shot.

    — I like Buffalo over Indy. I have been riding the Bills (with disappointment for years), but I think they might be onto something. 4 of their last 5 losses were to New England (2), Houston and San Francisco. They’re 4-1 in other games following that Week 1 debacle vs. the Jets. Are they on the rise?

    — I’m with you in picking Miami over Seattle. That’s arguably the toughest road trip in the NFL: West to East, 1:00 game, in Miami. Between the distance, the clubs, and the early time change — it’s a Witches Brew. If Seattle wins this game, I’ll be a true believer.

    — I like Tampa and Cincy. I won’t be surprised if Pittsburgh loses. I will also say that Charlie Batch (moreso than Roethlisberger or Leftwich) tends to throw the ball ON TIME, and if Wallace and Sanders hang on to the ball and the run game works, Pittsburgh could score 35 points today. We’ll see.

    — I don’t think the Vikings are going to beat the Bears. Last week was a humiliating game. They’re home now — and to lose again would mean these guys are not as mentally tough as we think they are. They need to man up and play ball, with or without Cutler. Make plays, force Ponder to beat them, stack the box against AP, and bring it home.

    — I like the 49ers to win against New Orleans. Saints are playing well, but I think Kaepernick is going to open up the offense and we’ll see lots of Vernon Davis today. He’s been bottled up, but he’s due for a breakout and the Saints LB’s cannot cover him. This might be the Game of the Day.

    * — You didn’t make a pick for the Cardinals game.

    — I like the Giants and Panthers.

    Nice write up bruh!!

  2. mapoui says:

    disappointment with the Bills again Temple3. and Tampa could not quite bring it home.

    you were spot on with all your other we are waiting on San Francisco game. I bet the Niners to win in fact.

    Changing of the guard yet NE is winning stronger than I anticipated I thought they would have a worse season than they are having.

    and as I watch Flacco get beat on the Road in San Diego I wonder where the Ravens will end up with him at the helm

    are the Bengals poised for a huge rise given all their young talent and draft picks?