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Pats Pulpit Sunday NFL Game Picks: Week 12

Greg Knopping of Pats Pulpit makes his Sunday NFL game picks for week 12 of the 2013 season.

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Greg Knopping of Pats Pulpit makes his Sunday NFL game picks for week 12 of the 2013 season:

New York Jets at Baltimore Ravens: The Jets keep on winning this year as soon as everyone gets down on them.  Coming off a blowout loss to the Bills, almost everyone is down on them... which is why I'm not down on them. The Pick: Jets 20 Ravens 16

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns: In a battle of 4-6 teams, this game is essentially a playoff game, as the loser will be all but eliminated from postseason contention.  The Steelers seemed to have turned a corner after the 55-31 loss to the Patriots. The Pick: Steelers 23 Browns 13

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions: The Buccaneers are suddenly as hot as you can get for a team winning 20% of their game, as they have won their last two.  This one could be a lot closer than most people think. The Pick: Lions 27 Buccaneers 24

Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers: Scott Tolzien might not be Aaron Rodgers, but at least he's not Seneca Wallace.  The Packers HAVE to win this one if they want to give themselves a chance at the playoffs. The Pick: Packers 24 Vikings 17

Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans: What's more inexplicable: how the Texans have lost eight straight games, or why they benched Case Keenum in favor of Matt Schaub last week? Luckily for them, the Jaguars present the chance for what should be an easy win. The Pick: Texans 27 Jaguars 13

San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs lost a tough one on the road to the Broncos, and the Chargers are not an easy bounce-back opponent.  Still, I think they rebound at Arrowhead. The Pick: Chiefs 21 Chargers 20

Carolina Panthers at Miami Dolphins: Hey Patriots fans, at least we can root for the refs to help the Panthers win a game this week.  Even if they are much better than the Phins. The Pick: Panthers 24 Dolphins 13

Chicago Bears at St. Louis Rams: Are the Rams the team that destroyed Indianapolis two weeks ago?  Or are they the team that has looked below average all season? We'll find out today. The Pick: Bears 27 Rams 20

Indianapolis Colts at Arizona Cardinals: Perhaps the most underrated match-up of the week, this one is just a notch below Patriots-Broncos.  The Cardinals are the league's quietest winning team, but their three game win streak has been against the Falcons, Texans, and Jaguars. The Pick: Colts 23 Cardinals 17

Tennessee Titans at Oakland Raiders: Matt McGloin vs. Ryan Fitzpatrick... who saw that quarterback match-up as a possibility heading into the season?  Winner of this one will be at 5-6 and have a chance for a wildcard spot. The Pick: Titans 24 Raiders 17

Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants: If the Giants win this one, all hell will break loose in the NFC East down the stretch. The Pick: Cowboys 31 Giants 24

Denver Broncos at New England Patriots: As much as I want to pick the Patriots in this one, I think they are simply too banged up in the secondary to outscore Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense.  A close game still leaves a lot of fans feeling good about this team. The Pick: Broncos 34 Patriots 31