DUBLIN, IRELAND - I think we’ve established after 11 weeks of NFL Pick’Ems that I’m not exactly to be trusted when it comes to putting your life savings on NFL results each week. Last week, like pretty much every other week, was a complete disaster with only a 50% success rate. In my defense, their was some surprises with Denver losing to St. Louis and Tampa Bay winning in Washington but it’s still no excuse. This brings my season score to 87-73. At this rate, I would be happy finishing the season with a 60% correct score.
Week 12, unsurprisingly, has started in a similar vein for me. Under pressure this week time-wise I tweeted out my prediction for Thursday Nights Raiders v Chiefs game. As you can see below, it did not go well. Expect similar levels of expertise as you read through my Sunday and Monday predictions below!
Thursday 20th November 2014
Sunday 23rd November 2014
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings – The 7-3 Packers visit the Vikings this week and it’s difficult to not see Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson having a big day in this one Verdict: Packers
Tennessee Titans at Philadelphia Eagles - The Titans were beaten in a close game with the Steelers on Monday Night and it doesn’t get any easier for them with a trip to Philly to face the Eagles. Philadelphia were blown out of the park by Green Bay last week but I’m betting they turn it around this week. Verdict: Eagles
Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts - The Colts got a bit of a hammering vs the Patriots last week but you’d expect them to bounce back against the struggling Jaguars this week. Trent Richardson might have a big game here and yes, I already hate myself for even suggesting that. Verdict: Colts
Detroit Lions at New England Patriots - The Patriots are in a good run of form and I just don’t trust the Lions week to week to deliver. I’m going with New England. Verdict: Patriots
Cleveland Browns at Atlanta Falcons - The Browns were beaten by the Texans last time out while the Falcons edged past the Panthers. You could probably toss a coin on this one. If I did, I’d still pick the wrong one. So, eh, apologies people of Cleveland. Verdict: Browns
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago Bears - I serially pick the Buccs to lose and the Bears to win. As we’ve learned I’m almost always wrong! Why change now Verdict: Bears
Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans - Picking the Bengals is bad for your health. You just don’t know which version of Andy Dalton will show up. I love big J.J. Watt of the Texans on both sides of the ball. I think he leads the home team to victory in this one Verdict: Texans
Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks - 12 months ago, you’d have been labelled a mad man and sent off to solidarity confinement if you suggested the Seahawks would lose at home. The men in white coats are waiting for me as I’m rolling with the 9-1 Cardinals this week Verdict: Cardinals
St. Louis Rams at San Diego Chargers - This could be a very good game as the Rams come into it in great confidence following their win over the Broncos last week. The Chargers need to win to stay alive in the AFC West. I think the home team will take it Verdict: Chargers
Miami Dolphins at Denver Broncos - This is a big one in my family. My Broncos vs. my brother’s Dolphins. There can only be one winner. It has to be, for the love of God, Denver Verdict: Broncos
Washington Redskins at San Francisco 49ers - I just don’t like anything I see from the Redskins these days. I think the 49ers stone-wash them at Levi’s Stadium Verdict: 49ers
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants - Two great and iconic NFL franchises go head-to-head in New Jersey. The health of Tony Romo could once again be the biggest issue here. If he’s fit, the Cowboys win Verdict: Cowboys
Monday 3rd November 2014
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills - There’s been a ‘bit’ of snow in Buffalo this week. So much so that this game has been moved from Buffalo to Detroit and to Monday Night. The Bills have already won on the road in Detroit this year and I think they’ll manage to beat the Jets there too Verdict: Bills
Baltimore Ravens at New Orleans Saints - Is it finally time for me to stop thinking Drew Brees will lead the Saints to victory every week. It is. I’m going with the Ravens to win on the road in New Orleans Verdict: Ravens
And that’s my lot for Week 12. Get involved with The Waffle League too right now on NFL.com at http://weeklypickem.fantasy.nfl.com/group/92810
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