2019 Week 12 NFL Picks
Week 11 saw both of our pickers have solid week’s. Dan ended at 12-2 while Brandon lost some of his season-long lead with a 10-4 week. Will Brandon’s lead continue to diminish? We’ll know on Monday…
Standings after Week 11
Brandon Reid: 99-62-1
Dan Schalk: 95-66-1
Colts at Texans
Dan Schalk: Houston Texans. At home against a team without their best offensive weapons in Marlon Mack and T.Y. Hilton, I’ll take the Texans to roll.
Brandon Reid: Houston Texans. The Texans will learn from getting molly-whopped last week against the Ravens. The Colts are trending down, imo. Texans owe the Colts for a seven point loss a few weeks ago.
Dolphins at Browns
Dan Schalk: Cleveland Browns. Perfect time for the Browns to take on the Dolphins–they are getting hot and take on arguably the worst team in the league.
Brandon Reid: Cleveland Browns. The Browns have put together a couple of strong wins in-a-row. Ironically since the return of Kareem Hunt. Not sure if that has much to do with it, but it’s worth noting. I think the Browns will end up getting about as many wins as I thought they would. After starting flat, injuries, and now a key suspension, I think they’ll be an 8-8 team.
Lions at Redskins
Dan Schalk: Detroit Lions. With Dwayne Haskins as quarterback, I will take any team to beat the Redskins.
Brandon Reid: Washington Redskins. I hate picking the Redskins because they are just about the least sexy team in the NFL. But the Lions have nothing going on in the form of confidence or motivation. With Stafford out, I just don’t trust them.
Raiders at Jets
Dan Schalk: Oakland Raiders. This Raiders team is not only playoff bound, but they beat the teams they are supposed to.
Brandon Reid: New York Jets. I think the Raiders are the better team, better coached, and better prepared. But this will be one of those dog fight games that they drop on the road. No real explanation, it just happens in the NFL.
Giants at Bears
Dan Schalk: Chicago Bears. Does it really matter?
Brandon Reid: New York Giants. I like the Giants to put up more points than the Bears, and end their skid.
Panthers at Saints
Dan Schalk: New Orleans Saints. The Panthers were finally the team I expected them to be all season last week–don’t expect too many W’s from them the rest of the year.
Brandon Reid: New Orleans Saints. I feel like the Saints are just now finally going to get rolling, and I think the Panthers have overachieved so far in the Kyle Allen era. Saints may have the best home field advantage in the league.
Seahawks at Eagles
Dan Schalk: Seattle Seahawks. Cowboys nation needs the Eagles to lose this game–the schedule the rest of the year after this week severely favors Philadelphia.
Brandon Reid: Philadelphia Eagles. It’s about the time of year where the Eagles turn it up. And they’re getting a little healthier on offense. Seattle is 5-0 on the road this year. I’m not sure they’re that good.
Buccaneers at Falcons
Dan Schalk: Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta is on a roll, so I’ll pick them to keep it going.
Brandon Reid: Atlanta Falcons. Someone please tell me what happened to the Falcons defense. They have held Drew Brees to nine points, and Norv Turner’s Panthers to three points, in back-to-back weeks. I’m gonna ride that momentum.
Broncos at Bills
Dan Schalk: Buffalo Bills. Makes me sick to pick the Bills twice in one season.
Brandon Reid: Buffalo Bills. The Broncos are real close to phoning in the rest of the season. They have played some close games, but I don’t trust their offense, especially at Buffalo.
Steelers at Bengals
Dan Schalk: Cincinnati Bengals. Neither team is good–I’m still shocked the Steelers have won more than three games all year. Give me the Bengals at home in a low-scoring divisional matchup.
Brandon Reid: Pittsburgh Steelers. I don’t think the Bengals want to win games this year, and I don’t think AJ Green cares about playing this year. Steelers are in the middle of the playoff hunt. This game comes down to motivation.
Jaguars at Titans
Dan Schalk: Jacksonville Jaguars. My fellow picker Brandon still can’t figure out when the Titans will win, or when they will lose. So I’ll just do the opposite of him.
Brandon Reid: Tennessee Titans. Since Ryan Tannehill became the starter, Tennessee is averaging over 26 points per game. That is a Top 10 scoring offense. The defense has been wearing down, but I feel the bye week came just in time for them to rest, and refocus. The Jags have scored just 16 points in their last two games, which have been divisional games as well. They’re also breaking in a brand new QB, for all intents and purposes. They allow 134 yards on the ground. The Titans owe the Jags. This is one of those perfect storm games for Tennessee and I don’t see much a chance for a Titans loss. Then again, that’s exactly what the Titans do. The Titans three wins under Tannehill have come by a total of 10 points, with the defense giving up more and more points each week. I think the Titans finally get a win they don’t have to sweat out, and put the Jags away comfortably.
Cowboys at Patriots
Dan Schalk: New England Patriots. I’m a die-hard Cowboys fan, but even I know they are terrible against good teams and there are not many better teams than Bill Belichick’s Patriots.
Brandon Reid: Dallas Cowboys. I feel like father time, and the schedule, is finally going to catch up to New England. Tom Brady is not the same Tom Brady. Other than Edelman, the WR group is mostly unfamiliar faces to Brady, and they are not using the TE position as much as they have in the past, being their top option is 38 year-old Ben Watson. The Patriots have had one of the easiest, if not the easiest, schedule of anyone in the league to this point. Dak can get the biggest statement win of his career this week in Foxboro.
Packers at 49ers
Dan Schalk: Green Bay Packers. Despite their record, I’m still not a believer in the 49ers. I can’t be alone…
Brandon Reid: Green Bay Packers. You didn’t forget about Aaron Rodgers, did you? He is still the man, regardless of what defense he is playing. The Packers are completely healthy. Much like New England, San Francisco’s defensive prowess has been inflated due to playing the Cardinals twice, along with the Bucs, Bengals, Browns, and Redskins. The 49ers may be my NFC favorite right now, but they need to prove they can get through Aaron Rodgers. I think they’ll come back down to earth a bit.
Ravens at Rams
Dan Schalk: Los Angeles Rams. I think the Ravens are the better team and I hope they win, but at home not having to travel cross-country I’ll roll with the Rams.
Brandon Reid: Baltimore Ravens. While I’m not sure that you can anoint the Ravens Super Bowl favorites yet, I have no confidence in the Rams. They have been the biggest disappointment in the league, imo. While their record is not horrible, their offense hasn’t been sharp all year, and their defense is far from being feared as they were a short time ago. They could very well pull this game off. You might even expect it. But their inconsistency has burned me all year.