NFL Week 12 Predictions: Steelers-Browns, Redskins-49ers, Chargers-Chiefs, Patriots-Broncos, Cowboys-Giants and More
In a weekend headlined by Manning vs. Brady and RG3 vs. Colin Kaepernick find out who else we like to come out on top in week 12:
(Bryan Zarpentine 86- 49 overall)
(Cole Stevenson 84-47 overall)
Bryan Zarpentine: St. Louis 27, Chicago 24 – I don’t trust the Bears on the road, as they lose the Howie Long Bowl.
Cole Stevenson: Chicago 24, St. Louis 21 – I am picking Chicago only because almost all of my other picks match Bryan’s.
Bryan Zarpentine: Pittsburgh 23, Cleveland 13 – This game could go either way, but Jason Campbell’s turnovers last week are a huge concern.
Cole Stevenson: Pittsburgh 21, Cleveland 18 – Pittsburgh finally seems to have righted the ship and should win this crucial game.
Bryan Zarpentine: Detroit 24, Tampa Bay 20 – This one stays close, but the Lions will find a way to scratch this one out.
Cole Stevenson: Detroit 27, Tampa Bay 24 – Detroit MUST rebound from one of the worst losses of the year.
Bryan Zarpentine: Green Bay 23, Minnesota 10 – The Packers step up on defense and come out on top in a must-win game.
Cole Stevenson: Green Bay 25, Minnesota 17 – I have very little faith in Green Bay, but even less in Minnesota.
Bryan Zarpentine: Kansas City 24, San Diego 21 – Phillip Rivers and company come close, but they can’t pull out the win at Arrowhead Stadium.
Cole Stevenson: Kansas City 24, San Diego 23 – I really want to pick San Diego in this one, but at Arrowhead is too much.
Bryan Zarpentine: Carolina 23, Miami 20 – The Panthers make the plays on defense when the game is on the line, and that gives them seven straight wins.
Cole Stevenson: Carolina 25, Miami 17 – Carolina defense is too good for a depleted Miami offensive line.
Bryan Zarpentine: New York Jets 15, Baltimore 7 – The Jets have alternated wins and losses all season, and this week is a win, but no one’s saying it’s going to be pretty.
Cole Stevenson: New York Jets 17, Baltimore 13 – Still not picking Joe Flacco the rest of the year.
Bryan Zarpentine: Houston 21, Jacksonville 7 – It’s temping to pick the Jaguars, but Houston is more talented and will get the job done.
Cole Stevenson: Houston 24, Jacksonville 13 – Gary Kubiak might lose his job if the Texans lose this game.
Bryan Zarpentine: Tennessee 20, Oakland 13 – Ryan Fitzpatrick builds off last week and finally leads the Titans to a win.
Cole Stevenson: Tennessee 23, Oakland 18 – Not a huge believer in either of these teams, but Tennessee is more fundamentally sound.
Bryan Zarpentine: Arizona 31, Indianapolis 27 – The Colts start slow again, but their comeback falls short against the Cardinals.
Cole Stevenson: Arizona 29, Indianapolis 24 – I become less and less sold on the Colts every week.
Bryan Zarpentine: New York Giants 28, Dallas 21 – The Giants won’t be giving Dallas six turnovers this time around; instead, Eli Manning and company torch a Cowboy’s defense that’s in rough shape.
Cole Stevenson: Dallas 30, New York Giants 27 – Everyone seems to be picking the Giants, which is why I am going Cowboys.
Bryan Zarpentine: Denver 38, New England 24 – The Patriots hang around for a while, but their not stopping Denver’s offense.
Cole Stevenson: Denver 27, New England 24 – My head says Denver, but my heart says New England. If the weather is bad, the Pats will win on a late game winning drive by Brady.
Bryan Zarpentine: San Francisco 27, Washington 21 – Another late comeback by the Redskins falls short, while the 49ers get back on track.
Cole Stevenson: San Francisco 28, Washington 17 – After being ripped off last week, the 49ers will be playing with an extra chip on their shoulder.
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NFL Week 9 Predictions: Packers-Bears, Vikings-Cowboys, Saints-Jets, Eagles-Raiders, Patriots-Steelers and More
Will the Chiefs keep a direct course for home field advantage? Will Rex Ryan get the better of Rob Ryan? Will the Bucs even be close in Seattle? Get our predictions below:
(Bryan Zarpentine 61-35 overall)
(Cole Stevenson 60-36 overall)
Bryan Zarpentine: Carolina 27, Atlanta 13 – Cam Newton keeps it going and the Falcons continue to spiral out of control.
Cole Stevenson: Carolina 30, Atlanta 16 – Tough to see the Panthers losing right now and even tougher to see the Falcons winning.
Bryan Zarpentine: Buffalo 20, Kansas City 17 – Upset alert! Buffalo’s pass rush causes problems for Alex Smith, who turns the ball over a couple times, allowing the Bills’ offense to do just enough in the 4th quarter to steal a win at home.
Cole Stevenson: Kansas City 21, Buffalo 16 – I know the Chiefs are going to lose eventually, but to Jeff Tuel or Thad Lewis? I don’t buy it.
Bryan Zarpentine: Dallas 21, Minnesota 13 – The Cowboys are unimpressive, but not even Adrian Peterson can carry this Viking’s team to a win on the road against a halfway decent team.
Cole Stevenson: Dallas 24, Minnesota 16 – Cowboys have to win this game.
Bryan Zarpentine: Tennessee 19, St. Louis 10 – Jake Locker and the Titans have trouble in the red zone, but it doesn’t matter against an offense led by Kellen Clemens.
Cole Stevenson: St. Louis 18, Tennessee 15 – I don’t have a lot of faith in this pick, but if the St. Louis defense from Monday night shows up, they have a good chance.
Bryan Zarpentine: New Orleans 45, New York Jets 21 – This isn’t as ugly as last week for the Jets, but they have no chance of slowing down the New Orleans offense.
Cole Stevenson: New Orleans 30, New York Jets 20 – I like Rex Ryan more than Rob, but not in this game.
Bryan Zarpentine: Washington 34, San Diego 24 – The Redskins need this game a little bit more, as we see one turnover too many from Phillip Rivers.
Cole Stevenson: Washington 30, San Diego 21 – This is a coin flip for me, but Washington has more playmakers.
Bryan Zarpentine: Oakland 20, Philadelphia 13 – The Raiders look stout on defense and at home they find a way to put some points on the board against the Eagles.
Cole Stevenson: Oakland 21, Philadelphia 16 – Tough to see the Eagles beating anybody right now.
Bryan Zarpentine: Seattle 24, Tampa Bay 6 – Not the prettiest game, but there’s no way the Bucs can beat the Seahawks in Seattle.
Cole Stevenson: Seattle 28, Tampa Bay 3 – Seahawks will be looking to make a statement after a ‘disappointing’ win last week.
Bryan Zarpentine: Cleveland 24, Baltimore 13 – The Browns get the job done on defense and Jason Campbell provides the little spark they need on offense to get the win.
Cole Stevenson: Cleveland 22, Baltimore 18 – I repeat, I will pick against Joe Flacco for the rest of the year.
Bryan Zarpentine: New England 28, Pittsburgh 17 – There’s no way the Patriots fall at home to this year’s Steelers.
Cole Stevenson: New England 31, Pittsburgh 20 – Look for Gronkowski to finally find the end zone.
Bryan Zarpentine: Indianapolis 21, Houston 13 – It’s not as easy as it looks for the Colts without Reggie Wayne, but the Texans are a mess and they won’t be able to stop Andrew Luck in the 4th quarter.
Cole Stevenson: Indianapolis 23, Houston 17 – I want to pick the Texans in an upset here so badly, but I can’t just yet.
Bryan Zarpentine: Green Bay 38, Chicago 21 – The Bears will score some points with Josh McCown, but they won’t be able to stop Aaron Rodgers.
Cole Stevenson: Green Bay 31, Chicago 22 – The Packers offense seems locked in right now.
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The Chiefs look to stay unbeaten, while powerhouses like the Patriots and Broncos try to recover from tough losses. Find out what will happen below:
(Cole Stevenson 51-33 overall)
(Bryan Zarpentine 50- 34 overall)
Bryan Zarpentine: New Orleans 34, Buffalo 21 – Buffalo just doesn’t have the players that can keep pace with Drew Brees and the Saints.
Cole Stevenson: New Orleans 30, Buffalo 23
Bryan Zarpentine: Kansas City 24, Cleveland 17 – The Chiefs sweat this one out a little bit, but ultimately their defense stops the Browns from trying the game late.
Cole Stevenson: Kansas City 20, Cleveland 13
Bryan Zarpentine: Detroit 38, Dallas 24 – The Cowboys can’t get their running game going, and don’t have the fire power to keep up with the Lions on the road.
Cole Stevenson: Detroit 33, Dallas 25
Bryan Zarpentine: New England 20, Miami 17 – Miami’s losing streak continues, as they can’t get their offense going against New England’s depleted defense.
Cole Stevenson: New England 24, Miami 20
Bryan Zarpentine: New York Giants 28, Philadelphia 14 – Michael Vick returns, but he turns the ball over three times, as the Eagles remain winless at home.
Cole Stevenson: Philadelphia 24, New York Giants 20
Bryan Zarpentine: San Francisco 27, Jacksonville 10 – Not quite the blowout people are expecting, but the 49ers ultimately win comfortably.
Cole Stevenson: San Francisco 26, Jacksonville 13
Bryan Zarpentine: Cincinnati 27, New York Jets 24 – The Bengals are spectacular, but they’re more consistent than the Jets, who fall a little short on the road.
Cole Stevenson: Cincinnati 24, New York Jets 17
Bryan Zarpentine: Pittsburgh 24, Oakland 7 – The Steelers make it three in a row, as the Raiders don’t get anything going against the Pittsburgh defense.
Cole Stevenson: Pittsburgh 20, Oakland 14
Bryan Zarpentine: Arizona 31, Atlanta 24 – Carson Palmer throws the ball all over the place against Atlanta’s secondary, as the Falcons are dealt a crushing loss.
Cole Stevenson: Atlanta 27, Arizona 25
Bryan Zarpentine: Denver 45, Washington 34 – There’s no way the Redskins are keeping Peyton Manning down, and eventually RG3 takes a few too many hits and can’t keep pace with Manning and the Denver offense.
Cole Stevenson: Denver 38, Washington 25
Bryan Zarpentine: Green Bay 27, Minnesota 13 – The Packers win comfortably on Sunday night, as Christian Ponder provides no answers for the game of musical chairs the Vikings are playing at the quarterback position.
Cole Stevenson: Green Bay 30, Minnesota 17
Bryan Zarpentine: Seattle 27, St. Louis 10 – The Rams will score 10 points late after the Seahawks run them out of the building in the 3rd quarter.
Cole Stevenson: Seattle 30, St Louis 19
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Peyton is headed back to the house that he built, Brady is getting Gronk back, and the Giants/Bucs try to get their first wins. Find out what will happen below:
(Cole Stevenson 44-27 overall)
(Bryan Zarpentine 43-28 overall)
Bryan Zarpentine: Tampa Bay 21, Atlanta 17 – Atlanta is in rough shape and won’t be able to score much against Tampa’s defense, and Mike Glennon will do enough to give the Bucs their first win.
Cole Stevenson: Tampa Bay 20, Atlanta 17 – As much as I want to pick Atlanta at home, their team is just in shambles right now.
Bryan Zarpentine: Miami 24, Buffalo 17 – The Bills remain competitive and make it hard for Ryan Tannehill, but in the end Buffalo just doesn’t have the offensive weapons to win.
Cole Stevenson: Miami 27, Buffalo 20 – Ryan Tannehill will out score what has been a disappointing rushing attack for the Bills.
Bryan Zarpentine: Chicago 31, Washington 21 – The Bears are too talented on offense for Washington to slow down, and RG3 isn’t ready to get into a shootout with Jay Cutler.
Cole Stevenson: Chicago 30, Washington 24 – Haven’t seen anything from the Redskins that makes me a believer yet.
Bryan Zarpentine: Detroit 31, Cincinnati 26 – The home team gets the edge here, as the Bengals struggle to finish off drives in the end zone.
Cole Stevenson: Detroit 24, Cincinnati 20 – I have very little faith in Andy Dalton to win a close game.
Bryan Zarpentine: Philadelphia 49, Dallas 45 – Defense is optional in Philly this weekend, at least until Tony Romo turns the ball over at the most inappropriate time.
Cole Stevenson: Dallas 42, Philadelphia 38 – I know the Cowboys are banged up, but I think the Philly defense won’t be able to make the big play when it matters.
Bryan Zarpentine: Carolina 27, St. Louis 13 – The Rams can’t stop Carolina’s ground game, it’s as simple as that.
Cole Stevenson: Carolina 24, St. Louis 18 – Hard to tell if last week was the Rams being THAT good, or the Texans being THAT bad.
Bryan Zarpentine: New York Jets 20, New England 13 – Geno Smith was bad last week, which probably means he’ll be better this week. He’s seen the New England defense before, but now they’re missing some key players, which helps Smith score enough points to beat Brady.
Cole Stevenson: New England 21, New York Jets 18 – After what Brady did last week, there is no way I can pick against him this week. He has owned the Jets lately.
Bryan Zarpentine: San Diego 31, Jacksonville 20 – The Jaguars could pull the upset, but you’d be a fool to actually pick a team this bad to win a game.
Cole Stevenson: San Diego 34, Jacksonville 21 – The Jags showed quite a bit of heart in Denver last week, but that will leave them emotionally drained.
Bryan Zarpentine: Green Bay 23, Cleveland 17 – The Packers still can’t break out offensively, but Brandon Weeden isn’t a threat to their defense.
Cole Stevenson: Green Bay 20, Cleveland 18 – This game could be really ugly offensively on both sides.
Bryan Zarpentine: Kansas City 28, Houston 6 – Case Keenum isn’t a bad quarterback, but he’s going to look bad against Kansas City’s defense.
Cole Stevenson: Kansas City 27, Houston 10 – Poor Case Keenum.
Bryan Zarpentine: Pittsburgh 16, Baltimore 10 – Mike Tomlin’s team isn’t giving up without a fight and they certainly have the defense that can slow down Baltimore enough to win at home.
Cole Stevenson: Pittsburgh 19, Baltimore 14 – I am not picking Joe Flacco the rest of the year. Completely done.
Bryan Zarpentine: Denver 41, Indianapolis 24 – Peyton Manning feels right at home inside a dome and he orchestrates another brilliant offensive effort that’s too much for Andrew Luck to match.
Cole Stevenson: Denver 45, Indianapolis 27 – I’d love to see a close game, but Luck is no Manning in the regular season and Peyton will make that very clear.
Bryan Zarpentine: New York Giants 34, Minnesota 28 – Josh Freeman looks good against the Giant’s defense, but Eli Manning has way more weapons against an equally porous defense, giving the G-Men their first win of the year.
Cole Stevenson: New York Giants 31, Minnesota 24 – Eli finally throws it to the right team more often than the wrong team for 4 straight quarters.
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Will the Giants, Panthers, Redskins, Steelers, or Browns get their first win this week? Will the Colts be able to upset the 49ers with their new addition in Trent Richardson? Here are Week 3 predictions from your NFL writers at Opposing Views:
(Cole Stevenson: 13-2 overall)
(Bryan Zarpentine: 10-5 overall)
Bryan Zarpentine: Cincinnati 27, Green Bay 24 – The Bengals are at home and they have the defense to slow down Aaron Rodgers just a little, and that’s enough to get the win.
Cole Stevenson: Green Bay 28, Cincinnati 20 –After what I saw from Rodgers last week, I can’t bring myself to bet against him.
Bryan Zarpentine: Minnesota 20, Cleveland 6 – The Vikings don’t get much going offensively, but it’s more than the Browns can manage without Trent Richardson.
Cole Stevenson: Minnesota 24, Cleveland 9 – The best RB in the league will take over this game against a team that is now lacking a RB.
Bryan Zarpentine: St. Louis 28, Dallas 21 – Dallas can’t run the ball and they don’t defend the pass very well, and those are two of the Ram’s strengths, enabling them to get the win on the road.
Cole Stevenson: Dallas 27, St Louis 20 – I hate picking Dallas after they let me down last week, but I need to see that this young St. Louis team can win on the road.
Bryan Zarpentine: Detroit 35, Washington 21 – More of the same from the Redskins, as they get behind early and aren’t strong enough offensively to comeback, as Matthew Stafford has his way with the Washington secondary.
Cole Stevenson: Washington 27, Detroit 23 – I think the defense will be just good enough and RG3 will run more read option, which will open up the offense.
Bryan Zarpentine: Tennessee 17, San Diego 13 – Tennessee’s defense is far better than the defense Phillip Rivers and the Chargers faced last week in Philadelphia. Rivers gets frustrated and eventually throws a couple 4th quarter picks, giving the Titans the win.
Cole Stevenson: Tennessee 20, San Diego 17 – In San Diego I might switch my pick, but being on the east coast the second week in a row is too much for the Chargers.
Bryan Zarpentine: New England Patriots 17, Tampa Bay 7 – I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bucs win this, because they have the defense that can slow down Tom Brady, but they are such a mess that it’s hard to imagine them getting their act together on the road in New England.
Cole Stevenson: New England 20, Tampa Bay 13 – Huge possibility for an upset here with how the Tampa Bay defense has been playing, but it’s hard to bet against Tom Brady when his counterpart is Josh Freeman.
Bryan Zarpentine: New Orleans 41, Arizona 31 – This one gets a little out of control, but the Saints at home are just too much and their defense does just enough to secure the win.
Cole Stevenson: New Orleans 34, Arizona 25 – Drew Brees should not lose a shootout at home to Carson Palmer.
Bryan Zarpentine: New York Giants 28, Carolina 17 – Even against a bad Giant’s secondary, Cam Newton can’t do enough to put one in the win column, as Eli Manning only turns the ball over twice, which is a sign of improvement and enough to beat the Panthers.
Cole Stevenson: New York Giants 24, Carolina 21 – Eli will have to do it practically himself, but I think he can and will.
Bryan Zarpentine: Baltimore 24, Houston 21 – The Texans haven’t been the most impressive 2-0 team, and they won’t get to 3-0 after a game in Baltimore, as the Ravens have finally shook off their week 1 disaster in Denver.
Cole Stevenson: Baltimore 23, Houston 21 – Really tempted to pick Houston in this one, but they haven’t given me a ton of reason to trust them, yet.
Bryan Zarpentine: Miami 27, Atlanta 21 – The Falcons don’t have the secondary or the pass rush to both Ryan Tannehill, who looks impressive and continues to form a strong connection with Mike Wallace.
Cole Stevenson: Atlanta 27, Miami 24 – As much as Ryan Tannehill has impressed in his first two games, I am going to roll with Matt Ryan and his offensive weapons.
Bryan Zarpentine: Buffalo 21, New York Jets 13 – As the head coach of Syracuse, Doug Marrone was 3-0 when Geno Smith was the starter for the opposing team, and that trend will continue. The Buffalo high-tempo offense will eventually tire out the Jets defense, as E.J. Manuel strikes late after Mario Williams spends all day terrorizing Smith.
Cole Stevenson: Buffalo 24, New York Jets 17 – Great stat from Bryan and I completely agree. Could see this thing getting out of hand if the Bills go up early.
Bryan Zarpentine: San Francisco 21, Indianapolis 17 – This game is closer than people think it’ll be, but the 49er defense is just too tough for Andrew Luck.
Cole Stevenson: San Francisco 27, Indianapolis 20 – I could very easily see Kaepernick making up for last week and shredding this defense.
Bryan Zarpentine: Seattle 28, Jacksonville 3 – This game is a laugher, but it gives the Seattle offense to find a rhythm and build off of its second half from last week.
Cole Stevenson: Seattle 31, Jacksonville “as few as the Seahawks desire” – Not a whole lot to say here, except: Congrats if you have Seattle’s defense in your fantasy league this week.
Bryan Zarpentine: Chicago 17, Pittsburgh 7 – The Bears don’t need a 4th quarter comeback this time, but they do have a tough time against the Pittsburgh defense, but with little help around Ben Roethlisberger on offense, the Steelers never look like a threat to win this game.
Cole Stevenson: Chicago 20, Pittsburgh 10 – Agree with Bryan completely.
Bryan Zarpentine: Denver 34, Oakland 17 – Terrelle Pyror has his moments, but Oakland’s defense isn’t going to be the one to tame Denver’s offense.
Cole Stevenson: Denver 37, Oakland 13 – I could easily see this being the biggest laugher of the week….as could most.
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