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December 23, 2012

Just CHILL: NFL Picks; Coming to the home stretch


Clarence Hill

Just CHILL: NFL Picks; Coming to the home stretch

New Orleans at Dallas

The Cowboys haven’t been pretty in winning five of their last six games. But they have done enough to get the job done. They will do so again against the Saints. Cowboys 35-31

Tennessee at Green Bay

Don’t look now but the Packers are streaking again. They won’t catch the Falcons for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs but they are playing as well as any team in the NFC right now.  Packers, 30-14

 Indianapolis at Kansas City

The Chiefs have already decided they will fire the coach and the general manager after the season. After what they have been through, they might as well do it now. Colts, 28-17

Buffalo at Miami

The Bills have nothing to play for and they will likely be making a coaching change. The Dolphins are still trying to groom their rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill for the future. Dolphins, 24-20

San Diego at N.Y. Jets

Call this the disappointment bowl between two teams who came into the season full of expectations and now have nothing to play for _ save for Jets quarterback Greg McElroy. He is starting in place of Mark Sanchez. Jets, 20-17

Washington at Philadelphia

Robert Griffin III is starting after sitting out last week in a must win game for the Redskins. Look for Washington to win big and set up a division title showdown with the Cowboys next week. Redskins, 30-20

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh

The up-and-down Steelers should be up this week. They are still smarting from the loss to the Cowboys and will take care the Bengals at home in a crucial matchup with playoff implications. Steelers, 24-20

St. Louis at Tampa Bay

Both teams are out of the playoff race but they have first-year coaches who are trying to get their messages across for the future. So there will still be effort and intensity. Buccaneers, 17-15

Oakland at Carolina

Cam Newton and the Panthers have been pretty good of late after a disappointing start to the season. Look for them to continue the surge against the still dysfunctional Raiders. Panthers, 28-18

New England at Jacksonville

This should be considered a bye-week for the playoff-bound Patriots. But they can’t be too happy after the disappointing loss to the 49ers. The Jaguars should be very afraid.  Patriots, 40-10

Minnesota at Houston

Adrian Peterson is gunning for Eric Dickerson’s rushing record. But don’t expect it happen to in Houston, 30 miles from Dickerson’s hometown of Sealy. The Texans defense will load up on Peterson. The Texans need the win to stay ahead of the Patriots for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Texans, 28-14

Cleveland at Denver

There is no hotter team in the AFC than the Broncos, led by Peyton Manning. The Browns have no chance as Manning will continue to accelerate toward the playoffs. Broncos, 30-17

Chicago at Arizona

The Bears still have faint playoff hopes. But they must find away to stop their embarrassing losing streak. Good thing they face the offensive-challenged Cardinals. If the Bears can avoid turnovers, they should win. Bears, 15-12

N.Y. Giants at Baltimore

The Giants were blown out last week. So this must be the week they play the role of a good team. The Ravens have lost three straight and might be the worst 9-5 team in years. Giants, 27-22

San Francisco at Seattle

The 49ers beat Tom Brady in New England last week. Beating rookie quarterback Russell Wilson in Seattle might be tougher test. The Seahawks are the best home team in the league. But if anyone can do it it’s the 49ers because of the way they play tough and physical on defense. 49ers, 20-17 

Last Week: 8-8

Season: 130-95



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