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Kibbles and Picks 2017 - Week 12

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Another week gone and I’m no closer to catching up.

I had a decent week with a 9-5 record. Unfortunately, Stella’s week was equally excellent. We’re that much closer to the end of the season and I have once again made up zero ground; I remain six games back on the year. Crunch time is absolutely upon us – if I’m going to make any sort of move, it has to happen soon.

Even though we’re looking at a full slate of 16 games, Stella and I are at odds in just five of them. That doesn’t give me a lot of room to move up – even if I run the table, I’m still going to be behind. Not to mention the fact that I made a couple of … let’s call them questionable predictions in an effort to catch her.

Two of the five are Thanksgiving games, so we might have a pretty good sense of how things are going to go by the time we’re finishing off our pie.

I’ve got the Vikings going into Detroit and taking down the Lions. Minnesota has looked awfully good in recent weeks; their defense has been stout, while QB Case Keenum has really settled into his role under center. Wideout Adam Thielen has been blazing hot over the last month, too – he’s breaking out in a big way. Stella doesn’t disagree about the quality of the Vikings, but she has good feelings about the Lions in this one. Specifically, she’s expecting Matthew Stafford to throw the ball all over the yard. She’s not worried about Detroit’s questionable run game; she thinks Stafford and company can handle Minnesota even if they sell out for pass coverage. She’s going with the home team.

In a game that promises to be an interesting matchup, I’m once again going with the road team; I’ve got the Chargers going into Dallas and pulling off the victory against the Cowboys. Receiver Keenan Allen and running back Melvin Gordon have both been excellent in stretches; QB Philip Rivers remains one of the steadier veterans at the position. Plus, the L.A. defense has looked good in rushing the passer. Stella thinks that despite the turmoil in Dallas, the Cowboys will have enough in the tank to pull out a victory. Dak Prescott has been inconsistent; the receivers have been up and down as well. The running game hasn’t been all that impressive either. She knows all that, but she still thinks Dallas will manage a Turkey Day win.

This next one is a big roll of the dice for me. I’m picking the Colts to win at home against a Tennessee team that is almost certainly a superior squad. I’m gambling that someone (ideally tight end Jack Doyle because he’s on my fantasy team) will have a big day and pull off an upset. I have no confidence in this pick – I’m making it solely because I have to take some swings. Stella needs no such swings and is picking the better team. She knows that Titans QB Marcus Mariota has struggled with injuries and inconsistency, but she likes their offensive potential against a bad Indy defense. And she has faith that Tennessee can keep the Colts from putting points on the board.

I picked the Raiders to beat the Broncos. Seems like a no-brainer to me; Oakland didn’t look great against the Pats, but they have a lot of talent on both sides of the ball – your Michael Crabtrees, your Marshawn Lynches, your Khalil Macks. And Denver has been in free-fall, with a once-mighty defense struggling and yet another quarterback change. Add it up and you have to like the Raiders. Unless you’re Stella. She thinks that this will be Denver’s last gasp; she’s predicting that the defense will pull itself together and that Paxton Lynch will put a (probably temporary) stop to the QB carousel. She’s going with her gut on this one; seems like an odd choice to me, but she’s winning, so what the hell do I know?

Finally, I’m going with the Saints to take down the Rams. I’ve resisted the siren song of New Orleans for much of this year, but it’s time to accept it: these Saints ain’t bad. They’ve reinvented themselves on the fly as one of the most effective running teams in the league – Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara are a hell of a one-two punch. Oh, and Drew Brees is still here. Stella likes the Saints as well, but she thinks they’re due to stumble. The Rams have plenty of offensive firepower, with Jared Goff having a killer sophomore campaign and running back Todd Gurley putting up an MVP-caliber season. Los Angeles also looks capable of stifling the run on defense – not completely, but enough to allow themselves to eke out the W.

And there we have it. Five games. There’s potential for a big move here, but there have been some gambles taken. The clock is ticking for me to avoid my third straight Kibbles and Picks season defeat.

Stella, as always, remains unconcerned.

(winners in caps)

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ALLEN’S PICKS

Thursday, Nov. 23

MINNESOTA at Detroit

LA CHARGERS at Dallas

NY Giants at WASHINGTON

Sunday, Nov. 26

Tampa Bay at ATLANTA

Cleveland at CINCINNATI

Tennessee at INDIANAPOLIS

Buffalo at KANSAS CITY

Miami at NEW ENGLAND

CAROLINA at NY Jets

Chicago at PHILADELPHIA

SEATTLE at San Francisco

Denver at OAKLAND

NEW ORLEANS at LA Rams

JACKSONVILLE at Arizona

Green Bay at PITTSBURGH

Monday, Nov. 27

Houston at BALTIMORE

Week 11 record: 9-5

Season record: 97-63

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STELLA’S PICKS

Thursday, Nov. 23

Minnesota at DETROIT

LA Chargers at DALLAS

NY Giants at WASHINGTON

Sunday, Nov. 26

Tampa Bay at ATLANTA

Cleveland at CINCINNATI

TENNESSEE at Indianapolis

Buffalo at KANSAS CITY

Miami at NEW ENGLAND

CAROLINA at NY Jets

Chicago at PHILADELPHIA

SEATTLE at San Francisco

DENVER at Oakland

New Orleans at LA RAMS

JACKSONVILLE at Arizona

Green Bay at PITTSBURGH

Monday, Nov. 27

Houston at BALTIMORE

Week 11 record: 9-5

Season record: 103-57

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