I could talk about “What Thanksgiving side dish is the Best”, but every sports blogger who tries to be fun is doing that. Boring. Around this time of year there’s a lot to be thankful for, but the main point of my preamble before I get to this week’s picks is a simple one: Black Friday stinks.
If you’re like me, Friday night you made a plate of left overs, cracked open a beer that’s more expensive than you would usually buy (because it’s the holidays), and watched sports all night while simultaneously refreshing twitter in anticipation of the inevitable Black Friday fight video compilations to roll in on Twitter and WorldStar. There’s also nothing like seeing that guy from your hometown on Facebook write a six paragraph monologue about what he’s thankful for and then seeing him check in at your local mall at midnight to fight other people over TVs and Nike shoes. Classic. The moral of the story? Do your shopping online – you don’t even have to get dressed for it and you don’t have to deal with people. It’s the obvious choice, on top of the fact that patronizing businesses that make people work on Thanksgiving is un-American.
WEEK 12 PICKS
Bucs at Falcons (Falcons -10)
Atlanta’s coming off an impressive win in Seattle and seemingly starting to find their way offensively again. Jameis Winston is going to miss his 3rd straight game with a shoulder injury. Falcons should win this one.
Droop’s pick: Falcons
Browns at Bengals (Bengals -8)
The Browns and Bengals are both bad football teams, but Cleveland is worse. Earlier this year Cleveland lost 31-7 at home to Cincinnati. Hard to see this game going much differently, although I think it may be closer. I’d give the Browns an outside shot to cover, but they’re not going to win. Also – FREE AJ MCCARRON @Bengals
Droop’s pick: Bengals
Titans at Colts (Titans -3)
I feel like the Titans can definitely manage to win by 3 against a Colts team that lacks talent. They’ve been hit or miss offensively this season, but there isn’t too much about the Colts defense that inspires that much confidence in me.
Droop’s pick: Titans
Bills at Chiefs (Chiefs -10)
Nathan Peterman is back on the bench where he belongs, but quarterback play should be the least of Buffalo’s worries with Kareem Hunt . Buffalo’s defense has taken a beating over the last several games. At one point in their loss to New Orleans, the Saints ran the ball 19 straight times against them and Keenan Allen torched them to the tune of 159 yards and two touchdowns. KC has the weapons and are at home – I think they can get back on track this week.
Droop’s pick: Chiefs
Dolphins at Pats (Pats -16)
No Jay Cutler this week for the Phins meaning Matt Moore draws the start, who has played favorably in relief of Ryan Tannehill and Jay Cutler in the past. However, the Pats defense is starting to find its stride after being on pace to be one of the league’s worst defenses ever to start the season. Pats win, but Miami could sneakily cover if Moore plays serviceably.
Droop’s pick: Pats
Panthers at Jets (Panthers -5.5)
Greg Olsen returns for Carolina for his first game action since week 2 when he broke his foot. He’s had 1,000+ yards his last 3 healthy seasons, which is going to give Carolina a huge boost offensively. Panthers get it done today.
Droop’s pick: Panthers
Bears at Eagles (Eagles -13.5)
Chicago’s defense has been the bright spot in an otherwise ugly season. The Eagles aren’t just beating their opponents, they’re absolutely crushing them. John Fox’s offense isn’t going to be able to keep up.
Droop’s pick: Eagles
Seahawks at 49ers (Seattle +6.5)
49ers are a tempting pick in this game given Seattle’s shopping list of injuries and players lost for the season including Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman. DB Shaq Griffen is also out for the Hawks. Given Seattle’s injuries, I could see Marquise Goodwin having some big plays. Seattle has won 3 straight road games, including a contest over the Rams.
Droop’s pick: Seahawks
Saints at Rams (Rams -2)
The Rams are allowing 120 yards per game on the ground, giving up almost 100 to Latavius Murray last week in a loss to the Vikings. They’re going to see a ton of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara today. LA is also dealing with injuries in the secondary. Bearing that in mind, I think the Saints are primed for an upset.
Droop’s pick: Saints
Jaguars at Cardinals (Jags +5.5)
This is going to be a gritty, grind it out game for the Jaguars against a team fighting for playoff contention. There will be a lot of Leonard Fournette today for Jacksonville. I expect Jacksonville’s defense to keep up the pace that it has played all season, however.
Droop’s pick: Jaguars
Broncos at Raiders (Raiders -4.5)
Two teams that were initially playoff favorites now fight to avoid the bottom of their division. The Denver Donkeys are losers of 6 straight games, 5 by double digits. Paxton Lynch starts today as the Broncos try to get an idea of what exactly they have for a QB situation heading into 2018. Have to give the edge to the team with the more experienced QB.
Droop’s pick: Raiders
SNF: Packers at Steelers (Steelers -14)
Would’ve been nice to see Aaron Rodgers healthy for this game given what would’ve been the playoff implications. Why this game is still in primetime is beyond me. Do you see Brett Hundley winning this game? I don’t
Droop’s pick: Steelers
MNF: Texans at Ravens (Ravens -7)
There’s nothing exciting about this game. No Will Fuller for Houston, and DeAndre Hopkins has a foot injury. It will be a low scoring game – I give the edge to the Ravens, though I’ll probably skip this to watch hockey, basketball, or something else more entertaining.
Droop’s pick: Ravens
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