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Kibbles and Picks 2020 - Week 13

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It was only a matter of time.

I had spent the last few weeks slowly whittling down Stella’s lead, getting it down to a seemingly manageable six games. That’s all out the window now, because while I put forward a half-decent 9-7 record, she absolutely went off, with a 13-3 record in Week 12.

That’s right, she missed three games, two by a mere field goal. That puts her lead back into double digits - and I’ve only got four weeks left to right the ship.

It’s not looking great. Particularly because we’re only at odds on five contests this week. I even looked to see if there were any contrarian picks that I could swing, but this is the best I can do. If I get them all, I cut her lead in half. If she gets them all, I’m pretty much done for. And if we wind up somewhere in the middle? We’ll have to wait and see.

First up, we have the New Orleans/Atlanta matchup. I’m picking the Falcons to win at home; I like the combination of the Atlanta offense, led by Calvin Ridley and (fingers crossed) Julio Jones, and potential Saints struggles at quarterback. If New Orleans continues to have trouble getting the offense going, whether its with Taysom Hill, Jameis Winston or some combo therein taking snaps, Atlanta should take this one. Stella recognizes the issue, though she’s higher on Hill’s potential as an offensive force than I am. She also thinks that if the Saints can up Alvin Kamara’s involvement and force a turnover or two, they should win rather easily. Both of us agree that it will likely come down to one or two big plays.

In a MUCH less interesting contest, I have the Lions going into Chicago and beating the Bears. I don’t even know why, except for the fact that no one seems to know who is going to quarterback for Chicago. Their defense is solid, but will it be enough? Stella doubts it and expects that the Lions are going to ride the freeing energy that came from the firing of their irritable hobo of a coach to a big day; she expects a big defensive effort and a renewed commitment from the offense. Neither of us is supremely confident, though we do agree on one thing: this game is not going to be good.

Next, we head to Tennessee, where the Titans are hosting the Browns. I’ve got Tennessee winning at home, largely because I have no idea how Cleveland is going to stop or even slow down Derrick Henry, who is once again proving to be one of the most impactful offensive weapons in the sport. Add in Ryan Tannehill throwing to A.J. Brown and you have to like Tennessee’s chances. Stella concedes the Henry advantage, but believes that Cleveland has its own high-octane running game to reckon with. She doesn’t think that the Titans have an answer for Nick Chubb; she also expects a solid upswing in performance from Baker Mayfield. This one has a low-key chance to be the best game of the week.

From there, it’s off to the desert, where we’re looking at Rams/Cardinals. I’m going with Arizona at home, almost entirely because I LOVE Kyler Murray. He has been a genuine phenomenon this year, one of the most exciting offensive players in the NFL not named Patrick Mahomes. He’s throwing to DeAndre Hopkins, only the best passcatcher in the league. They’ve got some exciting players on defense, too. I like the Cardinals a lot here. Stella also likes the Cardinals, but she believes that the Rams defense – specifically, the defensive line led by all-everything tackle Aaron Donald – has what it takes to force the still-young Murray into a few mistakes. She thinks Jared Goff and the rest of the L.A. offense will be able to take advantage of those mistakes and eke out a win in what will likely be a close contest.

Lastly, I am once again letting my homer heart sing. I’ve got the Patriots going into Los Angeles and taking out the Chargers. Am I thrilled with the performance I’ve seen from New England thus far? Reader, I am not. However, I do think that Cam Newton will be able to move the ball against a somewhat soft Chargers defense. I like one of the Pats receivers to break out – Jacobi Meyers, maybe? – and Damien Harris to have a good game on the ground. Oh, and I like the Patriots secondary to give the Chargers offense fits – expect QB Justin Herbert to be seeing McCourtys all over the field. Stella is going with the Chargers here, though it isn’t as confident a pick as some of her others this week. Still, she thinks that the short-to-intermediate passing game will be key; she accepts that Keenan Allen and other Chargers wideouts might be shut down, but also believes this will present an opportunity for another big game from recently-returned running back Austin Ekeler. She’s also of the opinion that the Chargers defense has some sneaky good players that might force a turnover or two from Newton.

And that’s that. Five games. Tune in next week to see just how much ground I’ve gained or (much more likely) lost.

(winners in caps)

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ALLEN’S PICKS

Sunday, Dec. 6

New Orleans at ATLANTA

DETROIT at Chicago

Cleveland at TENNESSEE

Cincinnati at MIAMI

Jacksonville at MINNESOTA

LAS VEGAS at NY Jets

INDIANAPOLIS at Houston

LA Rams at ARIZONA

NY Giants at SEATTLE

Philadelphia at GREEN BAY

NEW ENGLAND at LA Chargers

Denver at KANSAS CITY

Monday, Dec. 7

Washington at PITTSBURGH

BUFFALO at San Francisco

Tuesday, Dec. 8

Dallas at BALTIMORE

Week 12 record: 9-7

Season record: 106-70-1

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STELLA’S PICKS

Sunday, Dec. 6

NEW ORLEANS at Atlanta

Detroit at CHICAGO

CLEVELAND at Tennessee

Cincinnati at MIAMI

Jacksonville at MINNESOTA

LAS VEGAS at NY Jets

INDIANAPOLIS at Houston

LA RAMS at Arizona

NY Giants at SEATTLE

Philadelphia at GREEN BAY

New England at LA CHARGERS

Denver at KANSAS CITY

Monday, Dec. 7

Washington at PITTSBURGH

BUFFALO at San Francisco

Tuesday, Dec. 8

Dallas at BALTIMORE

Week 12 record: 13-3

Season record: 116-60-1

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