Monday, December 11, 2017
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NFL Week 12 predictions: Picks from the Tampa Bay Times staff

GamesGreg Auman, @gregaumanThomas Bassinger, @tometricsMartin Fennelly, @mfennellyErnest Hooper, @hoop4youTom Jones, @tomwjonesRick Stroud, @NFLStroud
Minnesota at Detroit (-2.5) Minnesota, 21-17 Detroit 23-20 Minnesota 20-19 Minn. 22-15 Detroit 24-20 Minnesota 21-17
Washington at Dallas (-7.5) Dallas, 34-24 Dallas 37-34 Dallas 30-27 Dallas 27-24 Dallas 31-21 Dallas 30-21
Pittsburgh (-3.5) at Indianapolis Indianapolis, 28-21 Pittsburgh 24-14 Pittsburgh 27-16 Pittsburgh 24-7 Pittsburgh 33-16 Pittsburgh 35-20
Tennessee (-4.5) at Chicago Tennessee, 31-14 Tennessee 35-23 Tennessee 19-16 Tenn. 20-13 Tennessee 19-14 Tennessee 28-17
Jacksonville at Buffalo (-7.5) Buffalo, 21-13 Buffalo 24-10 Buffalo 30-20 Buffalo 24-16 Buffalo 23-14 Buffalo 21-17
Cincinnati at Baltimore (-4.5) Baltimore, 31-20 BALTIMORE 14-3 Cincinnati 23-20 Baltimore 20-13 Baltimore 24-17 Baltimore 17-10
Arizona at Atlanta (-4.5) Arizona, 31-28 Atlanta 36-29 Atlanta 31-30 ATLANTA 27-20 Atlanta 37-27 Arizona 30-27
N.Y. Giants (-7.5) at Cleveland N.Y. Giants, 27-13 N.Y. Giants 28-13 N.Y. Giants 30-16 NY Giants 20-13 N.Y. GIANTS 31-13 NY Giants 30-20
Los Angeles at New Orleans (-7.5) New Orleans, 31-13 New Orleans 35-10 New Orleans 26-20 N. Orleans 22-10 New Orleans 23-20 New Orleans 30-21
San Francisco at Miami (-7.5) San Francisco, 24-23 Miami 31-28 Miami 24-20 Miami 30-20 Miami 31-13 Miami 28-17
San Diego at Houston (-1.5) Houston, 24-21 Houston 20-14 Houston 19-17 Houston 21-20 San Diego 21-14 Houstoin 21-20
Seattle (-5.5) at Tampa Bay Seattle, 27-24 Seattle 28-24 Tampa Bay 23-20 Seattle 28-21 Seattle 20-19 Seattle 24-21
Carolina at Oakland (-3.5) Oakland, 31-27 Carolina 30-24 Carolina 27-24 Carolina 21-20 Oakland 23-16 Oakland 28-19
New England (-8.5) at N.Y. Jets New England, 37-27 New England 27-24 New England 34-23 N.E. 24-20 New England 33-16 New England 33-16
Kansas City at Denver (-3.5) Denver, 24-17 Kansas City 24-21 Denver 20-19 Denver 21-17 Denver 31-21 Denver 21-17
Green Bay at Philadelphia (-3.5) Philadelphia, 31-30 Philadelphia 30-17 Green Bay 34-30 Phil. 30-27 Green Bay 23-20 Philadelphia 24-20

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