Quick Hitters: Week 12, 2019 NFL Season

For the sixth time in as many weeks, I’m doing my NFL predictions in this format, as I continue to be buried with movie assessments.

So with that being said, let’s get right to it.

The predictions are via the bullet points below:

  • Points will be at a premium between the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans, as the Colts boast a championship caliber defense while not being the same offensively in the post-Andrew Luck era. They have won six of their seven trips to NRG Stadium, including the opening game of the 2018-19 NFL Playoffs. However, the Colts are a little too unpredictable at times. So with that being said, I like the Texans to bounce back this week
  • I’ll take the suddenly hot Falcons over the plummeting Buccaneers, simply because the Falcons have made me look foolish the past two weeks
  • The demise of the Broncos being a winning team started in New Era Field against the Bills during Week 3 of the 2017 NFL season, as they have are 12-28 since that game. It’s going to be 12-29 against a Bills team with AFC East division title aspirations that are still alive
  • In an “upset”, I like the Giants coming out of their bye against the Bears
  • The Bengals almost got their first win of the season last week against the Oakland Raiders. They will be winless no more, as I have defeating the Steelers this week
  • The Browns have won two in a row, but are without starting defensive linemen Myles Garrett and Larry Ogunjobi, as they both suspended for their roles in that on-field fight at the end of last week’s game against the Steelers. So because of those two absences alone, I like the Dolphins to win for the third time in four weeks
  • In his career against the Panthers at home during his time with the Saints, Drew Brees is 8-6 against them as a starter. Make it 9-6, as the Saints proved that their Week 10 loss against the Falcons was a fluke via their 34-17 win against the Buccaneers last week
  • This game is a potential trap game for the Raiders, as they have the Kansas City Chiefs following this game. So with that being said, I’ll take the Jets to win their third game in a row
  • The Seahawks are coming off their bye and are 5-0 on the road, with one of those wins being that thrilling Week 10 overtime win against the then-undefeated San Francisco 49ers. This game is a must win for the Eagles, as their best and most realistic way of getting to the playoffs is winning the NFC East. They will come through this week and snap Seattle’s five-game road winning streak
  • Dating back to Week 9 of last season, the Redskins have lost nine consecutive games at FedEx Field. However, that streak will end against a Lions team that hasn’t been the same since that Week 6 ref-aided debacle against the Packers in Lambeau Field
  • Run defense has been an issue for the Jaguars in their past two games, as they have allowed three players to run for 100 yards or more. Derrick Henry will make it four players to achieve such a feat, as his prowess on the ground will power the Titans to a winning record for the first time since Week 1 this season
  • Dating back to Week 7 of the 2017 NFL season, the Patriots have won 20 games in a row at Gillette Stadium. But given how inept their offense, that streak could very well end at some point this season. That point will be this week, as I like the Cowboys to win in Foxborough for the first time since 1987
  • NBC flexed into this game to allow Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth to broadcast a matchup of teams that are a combined 17-3 this season. Despite the Packers’ 8-2 record, they could very well be 4-6 right now. As a starter against the 49ers back when they used to play at Candlestick Park, Aaron Rodgers is 1-2 and is 3-4 overall against the team that is tied with the Cowboys for the second most Super Bowl victories (5) in NFL history. Those struggles will continue for Rodgers, as the 49ers will get a statement win this week
  • Last week was a struggle for the Rams, as they could only muster 17 points against the Bears. Now they face the hottest team in football, the Ravens, in a game that they need to keep pace with both the 49ers and Seahawks. However, the Ravens are seizing every moment in their quest to get the number one seed in the AFC playoff bracket, as a win here and possible Patriots loss against the Cowboys gives them that number one seed by virtue of the head-to-head tiebreaker. Including that Week 9 win against the aforementioned Patriots, the Ravens have won six in a row. Make it a lucky seven for the Ravens

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