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By Jonathan Bales

The Sportstradamus: Week 12 NFL Game Picks

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The majority of sports picks you find online are basically useless.  They’re slapped together in minutes and have no real connection to the actual outcome of the games.

So I figured I’d give you some more useless projections.

In all seriousness, I will pick the games and totals each week and compare my results to those of other writers and sports types around the internet.  They’ll be listed in the “Game Picks” tab under the “Gameday” category.  I just want to show you guys how a real statistician does work. . .

Notes before reading

  • An’@’ symbol is listed in front of the home team.
  • Game lines alter slightly based on the source.
  • The winner versus the spread is listed in bold.
  • I don’t advocate gambling.  These picks are simply for fun (and to prove I’m better than 95 percent of “experts” at picking games).

Week 11 Results/Overall Results

12-4 straight up/97-63 on season

10-6 against spread/86-67-7 on season

5-9-2 on over-under/75-79-6 on season

Over/unders just aren’t my thing.

Week 12 Game Picks

New England 31 (-6.5) @Detroit 21

New Orleans 28 (-3.5) @Dallas 24

New York Jets 27 @Cincinnati 20 (+9)

Minnesota 20 (+1) @Washington 17

Pittsburgh 21 @Buffalo 20 (+7)

@Houston 28 Tennessee 24 (+6.5)

@New York Giants 24 (-6.5) Jacksonville 17

@Cleveland 20 Carolina 14 (+10.5)

@Baltimore 23 Tampa Bay 17 (+7.5)

Philadelphia 31 (-3) @Chicago 20

@Atlanta 24 (-2) Green Bay 20

@Oakland 20 (-3) Miami 13

Kansas City 21  (-1) @Seattle 17

@Denver 24 (-3.5) St. Louis 17

@Indianapolis 30 (-3) San Diego 24

San Francisco 23 (-1) @Arizona 20

Over/Under

New England/Detroit OVER 51

Dallas/New Orleans OVER 49.5

New York Jets/Cincinnati OVER 43

Washington/Minnesota UNDER 43.5

Pittsburgh/Buffalo UNDER 43

Houston/Tennessee OVER 45.5

New York Giants/Jacksonville UNDER 44.5

Cleveland/Carolina UNDER 38

Baltimore/Tampa Bay UNDER 41

Philadelphia/Chicago OVER 42

Atlanta/Green Bay UNDER 48

Oakland/Miami UNDER 38.5

Kansas City/Seattle UNDER 44.5

Denver/St. Louis UNDER 44.5

Indianapolis/San Diego OVER 51

San Francisco/Arizona OVER 40

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2 Responses to The Sportstradamus: Week 12 NFL Game Picks

  1. Vince Grey says:

    Just a few thoughts:

    - I like Detroit to cover against the Pats, who are due for a letdown after knocking off the Colts.

    - Cincy to pull the upset over the Jet’s.

    - Leaning towards Cowboys over Saints, but just barely. Ware/Spencer/Ratliff have to dominate.

  2. I hope your last prediction is right, of course. This is a tough matchup for Dallas though. I really think they need to stick in Cover 2 for a lot of the contest.

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