NFL Office Pool Picks Week 12
by Trevor Whenham - 11/18/2014
It was supposed to be a good week last week in the world of office pool selections. The games seemed fairly straightforward. Success seemed likely. But then they played the games. The Broncos. Cleveland. The Bucs. The Colts. Just a few of the teams that left me feeling frustrated and let down. It was a rough week in what has been a rougher year than would be ideal. Things will be better this week, though - I can feel it.:
Kansas City at Oakland: The Chiefs have a ferocious defense and are playing better than they have for at least a decade. They are a legitimate contender. The Raiders are a legitimate contender, too - to join the Lions as the only teams to post a 0-16 record. Total mismatch. Take the Chiefs.
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Cleveland at Atlanta: The Browns played an odd game last week - Brian Hoyer threw for well over 300 yards despite completing only 40 percent of his passes. It was a costly setback in the race for the playoffs. Luckily, this is a remedy. The Falcons have no heart and are tough to love against almost anyone. They should have lost last week as Carolina missed a late field goal - and the Panthers were terrible. Take the Browns.
Tennessee at Philadelphia: Philadelphia is coming off a really ugly loss, and they have some issues. They have the clear and significant edge here, though. Tennessee just isn't very good, though they looked much better last week than they have in a long while. Still, take the Eagles.
Detroit at New England: The Lions find ways to disappoint me every time I think they have turned the corner. Last week was just ugly. Losing to the Cardinals in Arizona is fine, but failing to show up isn't. New England is in great form, and they showed just how dangerously creative they can be last week. Take the Patriots.
Green Bay at Minnesota: Green Bay is firing on all cylinders. Minnesota is feisty but largely outclassed in this one. Playing at home helps, but it isn't enough against the machine that is Aaron Rodgers right now. Take the Packers.
Jacksonville at Indianapolis: The Colts got schooled by the Patriots last week, and Jacksonville and their renewed running game thanks to Denard Robinson will have gained some ideas from watching New England. The Colts have a big edge at QB, though, and that should be the difference. Take the Colts.
Cincinnati at Houston: The Bengals are all but impossible to predict right now. A week after Andy Dalton is as bad as it is possible to be he leads his team to a lopsided win. I give up on trying to figure him or his team out. Ryan Mallett looked solid in his debut, and his team is at home. Take the Texans.
N.Y. Jets at Buffalo: It was a rough game overall for the Bills last week against Miami, but they played some pretty decent defense - especially up front. Against a Jets team that doesn't have much to offer on offense, they should have a god day. Take the Bills.
Tampa Bay at Chicago: The Bears have all sorts of issues, but they showed a lot by coming out last week, shaking off their issues and putting together a nice win. Now they face a Tampa Bay team that only won last week because the Redskins are even more of a mess than they are. Take the Bears.
Arizona at Seattle: What a game this one is. Arizona has a huge lead in the division, and every win puts them closer to locking it up. Seattle is tough at home but is just 2-4 against the best six teams they have faced this year. I'm going to gamble and take the Cardinals.
St. Louis at San Diego: The Rams are not a great team - they aren't even .500 - but they have won three big games in their last five and completely frustrated the Broncos is the most surprising game of last week. San Diego is inconsistent, and they made the Raiders look much better than they are last week. Take the Rams.
Miami at Denver: Is it time to worry about the Broncos yet? They have been beaten soundly in two of their last three, and the third was against the Raiders, so it hardly counts. Miami, meanwhile, has four wins and a last-minute loss in their last five. If this one was in Florida, I'd gamble, but here I have to take the Broncos.
Washington at San Francisco: San Francisco has won two in a row and is finding a way to grind out wins. The Redskins played as poorly as any team in the league has all year last week, and it was no fluke. This team is a mess, and it could get worse. Take the Niners.
Dallas at New York Giants: Eli Manning has had issues, and there are questions out there about his potential future. Dallas has been a pleasant surprise this year. I have some concerns about both teams, but I like where Dallas is right now a lot more than where the Giants are..
Take the Cowboys .
Baltimore at New Orleans: Just when it looked like they were back on track after a slow start, the Saints have lost two in a row at home. Hard to figure out. Baltimore is flattered by their 6-4 record, though, because their schedule has been weak. Take the Saints.
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