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NFL Week 12 Predictions: Mikey's Crystal Ball

Will Mikey be a turkey this week?

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Watching football on Turkey Day is about as American as it gets, and for a change there are three excellent games. And another thing to be thankful for--no more bye weeks! Every week going forward, we have a full slate of NFL action. Honestly, the two or three game late game action on Red Zone is generally awful. It's typically San Diego/Oakland, Seattle/Arizona and maybe a decent one like Pittsburgh/San Francisco. Or if the Giants play in that time slot, it makes everything better. But I digress. Let's go to the picks!

Houston at Detroit--Not only are the Lions finally decent, but America gets to see the awesomeness that is the Houston Texans. The Texans are a well-balanced team on both sides of the ball, and the Lions are kind of a loose cannon. Pass the potatoes! Texans 31, Lions 27

Washington at Dallas--America gets to see RG3 in another fierce division rivalry. And on this particular day, most of us will be pulling for said RG3 to keep the Cowboys off our hold of first place. Redskins 23, Cowboys 20

New England at NY Jets--Just what Jets' fans need--indigestion after a big meal. Patriots 38, Jets 24

Denver at Kansas City--Let's play Mad Libs. Peyton Manning is really clicking right now. Brady Quinn is really (verb)ing right now. Broncos 26, Chiefs 10

Buffalo at Indianapolis--The Colts are a great story in 2012. The Bills, while still technically "in the hunt," are still the same old mediocre Bills. Colts 30, Bills 20

Pittsburgh at Cleveland--I have three words for the Steelers--NO MORE BUMBLEBEES. When I blink, I still see those black and gold lines. Steelers 21, Browns 14

Oakland at Cincinnati--The return of Carson Palmer. Thankfully there is that storyline, because otherwise this one is a snoozer. Bengals 24, Raiders 16

Seattle at Miami--This is a game the Seahawks should win, but they are just 1-4 on the road. Dolphins 17, Seahawks 16

Atlanta at Tampa Bay--The Bucs have won four straight, and the Falcons have looked vulnerable. Seriously, Matt Ryan throws five picks and they still win? They can't keep that up. Bucs 26, Falcons 23

Minnesota at Chicago--The Bears are so tough at home, even if Cutler doesn't play. This will be a good game, but in the end that Bears' D is just remarkable. Bears 19, Vikings 13

Tennessee at Jacksonville--Y-A-W-N. Jaguars 24, Titans 17

Baltimore at San Diego--This is about the time of year the Chargers wake up. And Baltimore is due for a letdown. Chargers 31, Ravens 26

St. Louis at Arizona--The game against the Jets aside, Jeff Fisher has really done a nice job turning the Rams around. Cardinals 17, Rams 12

San Francisco at New Orleans--Okay, so thanks to three Thursday games, we once again have only three games in the Sunday late slot. But this one makes it worthwhile. Saints 30, Niners 27

Green Bay at NY Giants--Our team is rested, but will they be able to escape their annual November swoon? Don't make me look bad for this, guys. Giants 34, Packers 31

Carolina at Philadelphia--Seeing the Eagles implode all over Andy Reid's mustache is oddly satisfying. Okay, actually not oddly. It's DAMN satisfying. Panthers 23, Eagles 19

Last Week: 10-4

Season Record: 103-57