Here’s a Closer Look At The 2016 NFL Week 12 Free Picks
Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys (-3.5)NFL Week 12 Free Pick: Dallas (-3.5)
Contrary to popular opinion in the nation’s capital that the Washington Redskins were a solid team in 2015, the plain and painful truth is that Washington succeeded in 2015 because of luck–Dallas being hampered by injuries, Philly shooting themselves in the foot and the Giants imploding severally due to their poor defense. Expect no such favors in 2016! Eli Manning and the Giants are loaded in nearly in every position while the Eagles could easily fly under the radar in a much better way than they did last season, thanks to some solid offseason changes. As for the Cowboys, well, you already know the drill…. With Tony Romo and Dez Bryant healthy, and Ezekiel Elliot boosting an already-established rushing offense in Dallas’ offense; the Cowboys will be returning to their menacing offensive selves, which should mean bad news to opposing defenses, including the Redskins. Kirk Cousins, who was actually the only real thing about Washington last year, will try to keep the Redskins in this game, but with a lacking defense to counter Romo and Co., expect the Cowboys to avenge last season’s 34-23 January home loss to the Redskins with a more-or-less similar win. v
Cincinnati Bengals (-1.5) at Baltimore RavensNFL Week 12 Free Pick: Baltimore (+1.5)
With five back-to-back victories in their last five overall games against the Ravens, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a lot of early betting action going in Cincy’s favor. After all, Andy Dalton is coming off his best season in the Pros and the Bengals never have too many problems with winning games in the regular season. As a crucial note, though, the Ravens will be featuring a highly-improved squad in 2016—going by their offseason investments on both sides of the ball—while star quarterback Joe Flacco is back healthy and looking to make up for lost time after missing half of last season due to a season-ending knee surgery. Should Flacco stay healthy, I expect the Ravens to come into this Week 12 game alive in contention for the AFC North title or at least a spot in the playoffs as a wild card team. That, plus the home advantage for Baltimore, should be more than enough motivation for Flacco—the QB with the most wins in the NFL since 2008 (at 10)—to fight for a win here; something worth banking on to help the Ravens to a vital victory in this divisional showdown.
Seattle Seahawks (-5) at Tampa Bay BuccaneersNFL Week 12 Free Pick: Seattle (-5)
Tampa Bay will win a good number of games in 2016. In fact, I dare say they will at least get to the .500 mark and smell the postseason all the way down to Week 16. The reality, however, is that beating the extremely experienced Seahawks or even hanging close to them is still tad too high for Dirk Koetter largely inexperienced squad. Russell Wilson is heads, shoulders and knees above Jameis Winston, while Seattle’s defense can only be matched by Denver as far as consistency is concerned. Add to the fact that this game will come at a crunch time when Seattle will have its usual no-nonsense focus on making the postseason and winning the NFC West title, I just don’t see how the Buccaneers (1-3 in their last 4 overall vs. Seattle) will be getting the win or even taking away the points from the Seahawks.
Green Bay Packers (-3.5) at Philadelphia EaglesNFL Week 12 Free Pick: Green Bay (-3.5)
The time is closing fast on Aaron Rodgers and his dream of lifting another Lombardi Trophy, and everyone knows that, including the Eagles who will be looking to play spoilers for Green Bay and the team’s hopes of reaching (and making their mark) in the 2016-17 playoffs. Unfortunately for Philly, their defense is just as shaky as Green Bay’s while no quarterback in the Philly roster (read that Sam Bradford and Carson Wentz) have the talent to match up to Rodgers, the #6 player in this year’s Top 100 Players in the league. And after the Packers ran a riot in a 32-point blowout victory over the Eagles in their last meeting, there is very little reason to believe that Green Bay won’t be cruising to another comfortable victory in this fixture.