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NFL Week 12: Previews, predictions

This season we've asked Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones and readers to forecast the NFL results. To make your picks, go to tampabay.com/bucs:

Vikings at Falcons, 1

Line/OU: Falcons by 1½; 45½ Minnesota's Adrian Peterson leads league in rushing with 1,006 yards. Vikings missing two starting offensive linemen for season: C John Sullivan (back) and RT Phil Loadholt (Achilles tendon). The team gave up six sacks in last week's loss to Packers. Falcons' Julio Jones has three straight 100-yard receiving games and six for season. Overall, he has 89 receptions for 1,189 yards, topping league in both categories. Matt Ryan threw season-high three TDs last week but also had three INTs in loss to Colts. Team's leading rusher, former FSU standout Devonta Freeman, is out with concussion.

JONES: Falcons 26, Vikings 14 READERS: Vikings 82.4 percent

Giants at Redskins, 1

Line/OU: Giants by 2½; 47 A Redskins win puts them in a tie with Giants atop NFC East and surpasses last season's victory total. Giants lead NFL with plus-13 turnover margin; Redskins minus-5. Giants QB Eli Manning set to make 178th consecutive start, longest active streak in league. WR Odell Beckham has four TDs in past three games. Redskins are 0-5 on road but 4-1 at home, including four victories in row. In last week's loss at Carolina, Redskins finished with 14 yards on 11 carries, second-lowest yards rushing in single game in franchise history. Both QBs should put up good numbers. Manning always does against Washington, while Kirk Cousins is much better at home than on road, with nine TDs and no INTs in past four home games.

JONES: Giants 27, Redskins 19 READERS: Giants 79.4 percent

Dolphins at Jets, 1

Line/OU: Jets by 4; 42 Miami's Ryan Tannehill has thrown two or more TD passes in seven of past nine games and passed for 250 yards or more in four of past five road games. RB Lamar Miller averaging 112.8 yards from scrimmage in past six games and has five rushing TDs and two TD catches in that span. WR Jarvis Landry is first Dolphin with completion, rushing attempt, catch, kick return and punt return in same season since Mark Clayton in 1983. Jets sticking with Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has struggled at times and is playing through surgically repaired left thumb. He has 16 TDs and 11 INTs and is New York's second-leading rusher with 166 yards. C Nick Mangold needed several stitches to close wound on right hand, which he uses to snap, but is expected to play. Jets tied for league low with 13 sacks allowed. CB Darrelle Revis out with concussion.

JONES: Jets 20, Dolphins 17 READERS: Jets 82.4 percent

Rams at Bengals, 1

Line/OU: Bengals by 9; 42 Rams have lost three straight. Game matches two of NFL's top defensive tackles: Rams' Aaron Donald and Bengals' Geno Atkins have seven sacks each, tied for league lead by interior linemen. Rams rookie Todd Gurley has rushed for 766 yards and six TDs in past seven games. He has TD in each of past five games. Rams are second in NFC with 30 sacks. Bengals have dropped two straight, each coming down to closing minutes. Andy Dalton needs 262 yards passing to join Peyton Manning as only players in NFL history to throw for 3,000 yards in each of first five seasons. Tyler Eifert leads NFL with 11 TD catches, most by Bengals tight end.

JONES: Bengals 28, Rams 14 READERS: Bengals 100 percent

Chargers at Jaguars, 1

Line/OU: Jaguars by 5½; 46½ Chargers have lost six straight but have won four in a row in this series. Philip Rivers needs two TD passes to tie Joe Montana (273) for 12th on all-time list. Vinny Testaverde is 11th with 275. Rivers needs 134 yards passing to become 17th player in NFL history with 40,000 yards passing. Jaguars have won three of four, including two in row for the first time in nearly two years. Blake Bortles needs three TD passes to tie David Garrard's single-season franchise record of 23. LB Telvin Smith has seven or more tackles in 12 straight games, longest active streak in NFL.

JONES: Jaguars 19, Chargers 17 READERS: Jaguars 73.5 percent

Saints at Texans, 1

Line/OU: Texans by 3; 48 New Orleans' Drew Brees has thrown for 1,574 yards with 13 TDs and three INTs in past five games against AFC. RB Mark Ingram needs 2 yards to reach 1,000 all-purpose yards for second straight season. WR Brandin Cooks has five TDs in past three games combined. Rookie LB Stephone Anthony leads Saints with 72 tackles. Texans QB Brian Hoyer will start after sitting out last week with concussion. He has at least two TD passes in five of past six games. DeAndre Hopkins is third in NFL with 1,045 yards receiving, and his nine receiving TDs are second in league and tie franchise record. DE J.J. Watt leads NFL with 11½ sacks.

JONES: Texans 23, Saints 20 READERS: Texans 67.6 percent

Raiders at Titans, 1

Line/OU: Raiders by 1; 44 Raiders have lost three straight; Titans have lost 10 straight at home. Raiders' Derek Carr has thrown for 300 yards or more in three of past four games. WR Michael Crabtree has four TDs in past five games. S Charles Woodson needs one interception to pass Hall of Famer and former FAMU star Ken Riley (65) for fifth all time. Titans' Marcus Mariota leads NFL rookies with 96.1 passer rating. LB Brian Orakpo has six sacks in past six games, including one in each of past four. Delanie Walker had team-high eight catches for 109 yards last week and ranks third among NFL tight ends since 2014 with 1,507 yards.

JONES: Titans 20, Raiders 13 READERS: Raiders 79.4 percent

Bills at Chiefs, 1

Line/OU: Chiefs by 5½; 41½ Chiefs have league-leading 14 TDs rushing; Bills second with 12. Chiefs are third in NFL with plus-10 turnover margin; Bills are plus-5, tied for sixth. Bills lead NFL with 16 TDs of 20 yards or more. Buffalo allows QBs to complete 57.7 percent of passes, second lowest in NFL to Jets. Bills RB LeSean McCoy has had at least 100 yards from scrimmage in four straight games. Chiefs held Chargers to 201 yards on offense last week. K.C. has outscored past four opponents by 91 points, best in NFL. Chiefs defense allows just 92.6 yards per game on ground, fourth best in NFL.

JONES: Chiefs 24, Bills 23 READERS: Chiefs 91.2 percent

Cardinals at 49ers, 4

Line/OU: Cardinals by 10; 45 Cardinals have won four in row, have second-best record in NFL along with Cincinnati and Denver. They've won two of past three against San Francisco. 49ers have won past six meetings at home vs. Cardinals. Arizona's Carson Palmer tries for 22nd win in past 26 starts. His 27 TD pass are most by Cardinals QB in opening 10 games. Niners LB NaVorro Bowman leads NFC with 97 tackles in comeback season from knee surgery. San Francisco WR and former FSU standout Anquan Boldin had 76-yard TD catch at home against his former Arizona team last season. He has two games of 100-plus yards receiving in his past four games.

JONES: Cardinals 31, 49ers 10 READERS: Cardinals 94.1 percent

Steelers at S'hawks, 4:25

Line/OU: Seahawks by 3½; 46 Steelers are 3-0 against NFC West this season. QB Ben Roethlisberger is 3-0 in career against Seahawks, including victory in Super Bowl at conclusion of 2005 season. He is tied with former Seahawk Dave Krieg for 14th in NFL history with 261 TD passes. RB DeAngelo Williams averaging 134.7 yards from scrimmage in his past three games. Steelers stand second in yards per play at 6.3. Only Arizona (6.5) averaging more yards per play. Steelers allowing 19.1 points per game, tied for fifth in league. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is 6-0 at home against AFC teams. RB Marshawn Lynch (abdominal injury) not expected to play. Replacement Thomas Rawls rushed for 209 yards vs. 49ers last week, second-best game in franchise history. Seahawks have rushed for 100 yards as a team in 21 straight games. CB Richard Sherman has gone 11 straight games without interception, longest streak of career.

JONES: Seahawks 33, Steelers 30 READERS: Seahawks 67.6 percent

Pats at Broncos, 8:30

Line/OU: Patriots by 2½; 43½ Bill Belichick is 8-11 against Broncos. His counterpart, Gary Kubiak, is 1-4 against Patriots. New England is 10-0 for second time in history and has reached double-digit wins for 13th consecutive season, second all time to 49ers' streak of 16 from 1983-98. QB Tom Brady has won five of past six against Denver, passing for 17 TDs and two INTs. In five games against Broncos, Pats TE Rob Gronkowski has five TDs among 34 catches for 428 yards. Broncos' Brock Osweiler won first career start at Chicago last week, throwing for 250 yards and two TDs with no INTs, first game this year Denver hasn't had a turnover. QB Peyton Manning, who has faced Brady 16 times in career, will sit out second straight game with torn plantar fascia in left foot. RB Ronnie Hillman is coming off third 100-yard game of season.

JONES: Patriots 21, Broncos 16 READERS: Patriots 52.9 percent

Ravens at Browns, 8:30 Monday

Line/OU: Browns by 3½; 41 Matchup lost luster with season-ending injury to Ravens QB Joe Flacco (knee) and benching of Browns QB Johnny Manziel. Last week, Baltimore also lost RB Justin Forsett (broken arm) for the season. Backup QB Matt Schaub makes first start for Ravens, who have had bizarre season loaded with close losses and 15 players on injured reserve. All 10 Ravens games have been decided by less than nine points; seven losses have been by 32 total points. Browns coach Mike Pettine demoted Manziel from starter to third string for his off-field antics during bye week. QB Josh McCown returns to start for first time since Nov. 1, missing past two games with rib injury. He passed for franchise-record 457 yards in Oct. 11 win over Baltimore.

JONES: Browns 23, Ravens 9 READERS: Browns 76.5 percent

Games text from Times wires.

NFL Week 12: Previews, predictions 11/28/15 [Last modified: Saturday, November 28, 2015 7:39pm]
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