Week 12 NFL Picks

Former pro scout Tom Marino takes a look at the lineup of NFL games for Week 12 and makes his picks. Check out his predictions and then talk about them on your favorite team's fan forum!

NFL Week 11 Picks
Last Week: 12-4   Season: 102-58
The Packers are cruising, but the Lions are in a must-win situation. And there are few things on earth more dangerous than a wounded Lion.
Pick:  Lions
Look for Dallas to apply a lot of pressure on Kellen Clemens. And if the Cowboys are able to run the ball, this one could be over before dinner is served.
Pick: Cowboys
Even at home against a club that has been decimated by injuries, the Falcons don't have the talent to defeat the defending Super Bowl Champs.
Pick: Colts
I have been right on the Saints just once all year. But I've also had the opportunity to watch the Delhomme-less Panthers' offense the past three weeks.
Pick: Saints
The Titans are coming off a tough Monday loss on the road. Look for the Palmer-led Bengals to contribute to the Titans' second-half woes.
Pick: Bengals
Coming off their most critical road win of the year, don't look for any let down from the Giants against the inconsistent Vikings . G-men in a low-scoring battle.
Pick: Giants
The Rams have won two straight, but all good things must come to an end. Such is the case when they do battle with the Seahawks. Seattle in a close one.
Pick: Seahawks
Might be the game of the week. In spite of what Jason Campbell did versus the Cowboys, I really like the way the Bucs have played on both sides of the ball.
Pick: Buccaneers
This week the names Dawson, Garrett, Stabler and Biletnikoff have been replaced by Croyle, K. Smith, McCown and Curry. Home field is the difference.
Pick: Chiefs
The Jaguars are tough at home and are not going to let the Bills upset them in their quest to overtake the Colts and Steelers for a first-round bye in the playoffs.
Pick: Jaguars
The surprise team in the NFL takes on the Texans, who get key offensive performers back. The Browns get off the last salvo in a high-scoring game.
Pick: Browns
A loss to the 49ers at home would be a severe blow to the Cardinals. But the 49ers will have a difficult time scoring let alone pulling off a major road upset.
Pick: Cardinals
If this underachieving Chargers club is to have any chance of repeating as AFC West champs, they better start now vs. the offensively bankrupt Ravens.
Pick: Chargers
The Broncos are playing their best football of the year. The Bears are tough at home, but I don't see them having enough offensive punch keep pace.
Pick: Broncos
Even coming off two wins, I see this week's matchup against the Patriots minus Donovan McNabb as a huge mismatch. Pats will score early and often.
Pick: Patriots
After losing to the Jets, the Steelers find themselves just a game ahead of the surging Browns. They had best be prepared this week for the winless Dolphins.
Pick: Steelers

Discuss Tom's picks in your favorite team's fan forum!


Last weeks upset special -- projecting the Chargers over the Patriots Sunday night -- made me look silly. Bears are very tough defensively and at home, but offensive woes continue.  Pick: Cowboys
It's critical for the Saints to right this ship Monday night versus the Titans. Look for Saints to apply a lot of pressure from the outside on Vince Young.  Pick:  Saints

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