PSP NFL: Week 12, 2016
November 24, 2016
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This week, four members of The Pharcyde decided to put their football skills to the test and predict the outcome of this week’s games. These members include Co-Editor-in-Chief Jake Kleinfeld (JK), Online Editor Zachary Cotronakis (ZC), and Staff Writers Matthew Kaneb (MK) and Robert Rubin (RR). The predictions for each game are below.
Minnesota Vikings (6-4) @ Detroit Lions (6-4)
Spread: DET -2.5
The Vikings will win their second straight game after their four-game losing streak. Expect their defense to keep the Lions off the scoreboard for most of the game.
The Vikings are not quite back to what they were earlier this season but I think they will use the momentum of the win against Arizona and continue win games.
The Lions will make it close, but not close enough.
Washington Redskins (6-3-1) @ Dallas Cowboys (9-1)
Spread: DAL -7.5
Dallas will win, but won’t cover the spread.
Dallas will have to fall eventually. Though Dak Prescott has played a great season so far, his lack of experience will likely result in a crucial mistake.
Cowboys will continue their hot streak and roll over the Redskins at home.
Dallas will win, but Josh Norman and the Skins’ defense will keep it within seven.
Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5) @ Indianapolis Colts (5-5)
Spread: PIT -7.0
The both teams have struggled this season but the Steelers have shown glimpses of being a top team and I think they will prevail over the Colts.
Without Andrew Luck, the Colts will struggle offensively and will be outplayed by the Steelers.
The Steelers take Lucas Oil Stadium from the struggling Colts.
Arizona Cardinals (4-5-1) @ Atlanta Falcons (6-4)
Spread: ATL -4.0
The Cardinals’ secondary will limit Julio Jones and limit the Falcons’ passing game in this battle of the birds.
After a week off, the Falcons will beat the Cardinals at home.
I like watching Julio Jones play. I’m sure Patrick Peterson won’t.
Cincinnati Bengals (3-6-1) @ Baltimore Ravens (5-5)
Spread: BAL -4.5
Baltimore will rebound from their loss against Dallas with a blowout win against the Bengals.
The Ravens stout defense will beat out the struggling Bengals at home.
The Ravens will retain lead of the AFC North after this week with a convincing win at home against the Bengals.
Jacksonville Jaguars (2-8) @ Buffalo Bills (5-5)
Spread: BUF -7.0
The Bills at home will beat the mediocre at best Jacksonville Jaguars.
This game will likely be a close one, so the Jaguars will most likely beat the spread. The Jaguars have been struggling this season, but they are due for a strong performance.
The Bills will win, but not by THAT much.
Tennessee Titans (5-6) @ Chicago Bears (2-8)
Spread: TEN -3.5
The Titans will run all over the terrible bears defense and beat them in Chicago.
I think that DeMarco Murray will have a monster game against the weak Bears defense, and I hope he does because I have him starting on my fantasy team.
This is the second straight Week where The Pharcyde has unanimously picked the Titans.
New York Giants (7-3) @ Cleveland Browns (0-11)
Spread: NYG -7.0
JK: New York.
MK: New York.
The Giants will beat the terrible Cleveland Browns
Alex Goetschius bet his life savings on the Giants. I will gladly take Alex Goetschius’s life savings on Monday.
“Why did LeBron steal all of our wins?” -Hue Jackson.
San Diego Chargers (4-6) @ Houston Texans (6-4)
Spread: HOU -1.0
The San Diego Chargers cannot finish games and they will lose this one too.
Like Matt said, expect another fourth quarter choke from the Chargers. The Texans will win coming off a short week.
ZC: San Diego.
I’m excited about what Joey Bosa and Chargers are capable of. They’re just getting going.
San Francisco 49ers (1-9) @ Miami Dolphins (6-4)
Spread: MIA -7.5
RR: San Francisco.
The 49ers will finally snap their nine game losing streak with a win in Miami.
MK: San Francisco.
The 49ers looked good last weekend in the game against the Patriots and I think they will roll over the Dolphins despite being on the road.
The Dolphins will continue the 49ers’ disappointing season.
Los Angeles Rams (4-6) @ New Orleans Saints (4-6)
Spread: NO -7.0
JK: Los Angeles.
MK: Los Angeles.
The Rams will lose this game but not by more than 7.
RR: New Orleans.
Expect Drew Brees to continue his great season with another strong performance in a high scoring game.
ZC: New Orleans.
The Saints will come back from an offensive downturn last week with guns blazing at home.
Seattle Seahawks (7-2-1) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5)
Spread: SEA -5.5
The Seahawks are a very good team and their defense will shut out the Buccaneers.
The Legion of Boom will keep Jameis Winston under 200 yards and the Buccaneers out of the endzone for most of the game.
ZC: Tampa Bay.
Tampa Bay is the second-best team named Buccaneers in Florida. #BucPride
Carolina Panthers (4-6) @ Oakland Raiders (8-2)
Spread: OAK -3.5
The Oakland Raiders are a really good team and will beat the struggling Panthers team at home.
Cam Newton and the Panthers will able to match the Raiders’ talent on both sides of the ball and will keep the game to within three points.
Oakland is going to win, but not with the spread.
New England Patriots (8-2) @ New York Jets (3-7)
Spread: NE -9.0
JK: New York.
The Patriots will win the game, but won’t cover the nine point spread.
MK: New York.
The Patriots will win but because they are not healthy, they won’t win by more than 9.
RR: New England.
Remember the last time the Patriots played the Jets the week of Thanksgiving? No one can forget the butt fumble.
ZC: New England.
The Patriots will steamroll the Jets.
Kansas City Chiefs (7-3) @ Denver Broncos (7-3)
Spread: DEN -3.0
This game is pretty much a toss up and think the Broncos will pull away with the win because they’re at home.
In a defensive showdown, the Broncos will closely defeat the Chiefs in a low scoring game.
ZC: Kansas City.
Kansas City will win this one and seize control of the division.
Packers (4-6) @ Eagles (5-5)
Spread: PHI -3.5
JK: Green Bay.
The Eagles will win against the struggling Packers at home.
After giving up 42 points to the Redskins, the Packers defense does not look very strong and will struggle against the Eagles.
ZC: Green Bay.
The Packers wake from their slump to beat the Eagles in the City of Brotherly Love.