Lock’em Or Leave’em: Our Predictions For NFL Week 12

Carolina Panthers' Ted Ginn (19) runs past New England Patriots' Kyle Arrington (25) for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. The Panthers won 24-20
Carolina Panthers' Ted Ginn (19) runs past New England Patriots' Kyle Arrington (25) for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. The Panthers won 24-20

As we head into the home stretch, look for a few teams to lock in their playoff spots, and others to lose all hope in desperation. Whatever the case, our NFL analyst and sports bettor, Jeff Bjarnarson, urges you to make some bank on three teams to lock down, and three games to let a friend bet on in NFL’s Week 12.

Lock’em

With Schaub sitting and Keenum starting, you’d think we’d put the Jaguars / Texans game in the Leave’em category… and maybe you’d be right. The Jaguars (1-9) are just terrible this year, and against a 2-8 team, you might think this is a toin coss. With Jacksonville’s Road Passing (17th) vs Houston’s Home Defense (1st) we urge you to take Houston at home, who are 6-1 in their last 7 games when playing at home against Jacksonville.

San Diego is 4-2 in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Kansas City. Another toin coss? Well, yeah, except for two words – Smith and Reid. Kansas City is unbeaten at home this year since these two juggernauts joined the Chiefs. After being dealt their first loss last week, look for Kansas City to bounce back, and destroy Rivers and the 4-6 Chargers.

Last Lock, but not least, AmongMen is taking another coin toss, and giving you a Lock! The Jets (5-5) visit the defending Superbowl Champion Ravens (4-6) on Sunday afternoon. Let me throw you some impressive odds: Baltimore is 21-3 in its last 24 games at home, Jets are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Baltimore, and Fluke-o NEEDS to show some life here! Although this scares the sh*t out of me… go ahead and take the Ravens at home this weekend!

Leave’em

Guess who’s winless since Rodgers broke his collarbone? That’s right, the Green Bay Packers welcome the Minnesota Vikings for an absolute grudge match. In fact, the last time Green Bay won a game, was against the Vikings in Week 8, except Rodgers was playing centre. Now, don’t get me wrong, the Vikings are terrible, going 0-5 in the last five on the road, but without Rodgers, I’m not sure what to say about the The Pack these days. Leave this game alone, please.

The Panthers were 5-3, and no one thought they could beat the 49’ers. The Panthers went 6-3, and we were all wondering how they’d handle Sir Brady. Now Cam Newton is 7-3, and heading to South Beach to take on Tannehill’s 5-5 Dolphins. Is this team for real?? The only four times these teams have played was 2009, 2005, 2001, and ’98, where the Panthers are winless in all 4 attempts. All stats aside, I don’t know what’s going to happen on Sunday, where the ‘fins are 5-2 in their last 7 games at home. Stay away!

The 5-5 Cowboys head to Met Life stadium where the 4-6 Giants are FINALLY showing some life. Dallas is 3-6 in their last 9 games when playing NY Giants, but to be honest, I don’t trust Eli Manning, who has thrown 17 interceptions and only 12 TD’s. If Manning and Romo get going, expect a shoot-out and take the OVER instead of either of these poor teams, who aren’t looking playoff bound.

Got a lock? Leave it in the comments below. Totally against our predictions? We’d love to hear from you! May you be among the winners this weekend!

Jeff Bjarnarson

As cliche as it sounds, Jeff Bjarnarson is a jack of all (fun) trades. Growing up in rural Manitoba, Jeff moved to Toronto 3 years ago to carve more footsteps on this planet and broaden his horizons. He finds enjoyment diving into digital strategy with clients at Stone Canoe, a digital shop on Queen West; pushing his physical limits as a participant in this year’s Agency Wars, and most recently, being elected to Business Insider‘s “50 Sexiest Advertising Executives Alive” list, which he humbly accepted. For fun, Jeff eats, breathes, and sleeps NFL football.

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