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Shawn Rine's NFL Picks

December 5, 2012
By SHAWN RINE, Sports Editor , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Thursday

Denver 32, Oakland 7

The Broncos have already clinched the AFC West, but there is a bigger fish still out there - a first-round bye. Look for Denver to get up big early and rest some of its starters.

Sunday

Chicago 27, Minnesota 14

The Bears seriously let one slip away last week and now have to go into the Metrodome which is a tough place to win regardless of circumstance. If it wants to be considered a legit contender, Chicago must lay the smack down.

Washington 24, Baltimore 21

The Ravens limp in off a big loss and the Redskins have the NFC East title in their sights. It all depends on which Baltimore team shows up - the one that gives the ball to Ray Rice, or the one that tries to make people believe Joe Flacco is an elite QB.

Kansas City 14, Cleveland 9

Pretty impressive what the Chiefs were able to do last week during unthinkably trying times. Do they have enough left in the tank emotionally to make it two in a row?

Pittsburgh 26, San Diego 10

The Chargers are 0-14 in Pittsburgh during the regular season and that doesn't appear ready to change. The Steelers got their heartbeat back against the Ravens and won't let this opportunity slip through their fingers.

Tennessee 20, Indianapolis 19

Andrew Luck has turned the ball over at an alarming rate this season, but somehow the Colts are staying right in the thick of the wild card race. You expect a young team to have hiccups along the way.

Green Bay 23, Detroit 17

The Packers have a split personality - good at home (5-1) and poor on the road (3-3). This one is at Lambeau and the Lions are on the short list of most disappointing teams this season.

Jacksonville 6, N.Y. Jets 3

The Jets refusing to play Tim Tebow is ridiculous. You're telling me Greg McElroy, who let out team secrets last season, gives you the better chance to win? You reap what you sew in this world.

Atlanta 35, Carolina 16

At the beginning of the season, the experts had us believing this matchup would have playoff implications. It does for the Falcons, but the Panthers have been out of it from the start.

Tampa Bay 21, Philadelphia 13

The Eagles have gone with a youth movement, and in the process have decided Andy Reid will be gone following the season. That's OK because there haven't been many more overrated coaches in this league.

St. Louis 7, Buffalo 6

How about the Rams? The own a tie and a victory against those big, bad 49ers. I think it's about time we begin to consider that Jeff Fisher just may be the NFL Coach of the Year.

Dallas 17, Cincinnati 14

Asking Dallas to do you a favor is a lot like relying on the Browns - good luck. But maybe, just maybe the Cowboys have begun to turn a little bit of a corner.

San Francisco 28, Miami 21

These Harbaugh guys seem to think they invented the game of football and can do no wrong. Well, Jim, you've done a nice job of turning this franchise on its ear with stupid decisions.

Seattle 41, Arizona 18

It's fairly safe to say the Ken Whisenhunt experiment has about run its course in Arizona. The offense has been absolutely dreadful since Kurt Warner retired. Speaking of Coach of the Year, hello there, Pete Carroll.

N.Y. Giants 25, New Orleans 24

This is usually the time of year when the Giants turn it up. This time though, they are going in the wrong direction. At two games under .500, you can just about bury the Saints' playoff hopes.

Monday

New England 30, Houston 20

What a clash this should be. If the Texans can pull out a victory they would all but ensure themselves of home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Not so fast, my friend.

Shawn Rine can be reached via e-mail at Rine@theintelligencer.net

 
 

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