Your Week 12 Sunday NFL Preview

With this being the Thanksgiving weekend, three games have already been played, so the slate of games in which to make picks is smaller. That said, I still was 3-1 two weeks ago when I last made my selections, the third time this season that I have had three winners. Tampa Bay at Indianapolis (-2.5) Yes, Tampa Bay has won three out of their last four, but who have they beaten? Philly and the Cowboys are among the worst teams in the NFL right now. While I agree that Tampa Bay rookie quarterback Jameis Winston has shown great improvement all season, he still will need to be on top of his game in a hostile Indianapolis environment. The Colts have played well with Matt Hasselbeck at quarterback, and that trend has to continue if the Colts want to win the AFC South. It’s just a hunch, but I like the Colts to win by at least three. Give the points. Kansas City (-7) at Buffalo This is a battle between two 5–5 teams going in different directions. The Chiefs started out slowly losing 5 of their first six games but have come back to win their last four. All four of those wins have been very convincing. The Bills on the other hand have gone 2-2 in their last four and have been playing with multiple injuries. While it is usually a bad idea to pick a home team getting as many points as Buffalo is getting, I just feel Kansas City has hit stride and is on top of their game. I’ll take KC in this one and give the seven. New Orleans at Houston (-3) When I looked at the spread of this game, my first thought was “how can that be”? Houston has been playing excellent football of late and have won three in a row. They are also playing to win the AFC South title. New Orleans has lost two in a row and have won only one time on the road all season. What the Saints have going for them is their defensive scheme may be a bit different with Rob Ryan gone, but they still just don’t have enough good players on that side of the ball. Go with the home team and give the points! San Diego (+5) at Jacksonville There is a side bar to this game that not many people will know about. Both San Diego General Manager Tom Telesco and Jacksonville General Manager David Caldwell are life long friends. They attended Saint Francis High School in suburban Buffalo together as well as John Carroll University in Cleveland. They then went to the Indianapolis Colts together to work with fellow classmate Chris Polian who is the son of Hall of Fame General Manager Bill Polian. Friendships aside, I feel that San Diego is the better team. True, Jacksonville has won three out of their last four, but they very easily could have lost those games also. San Diego has struggled all season, but I have to go with the better quarterback in Phillip Rivers. The Jags may win, but I'll take the points. Follow Greg on Twitter @greggabe

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