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Kibbles and Picks 2022 – Week 12 Featured

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Well now … that was MUCH better.

Granted, Stella gained another game on me, leaving her just a single game behind for the season, but it’s hard for me to complain about a 10-4 week, even if Stella’s 11-3 did me one better. Regardless, it’s a damn sight better than the abysmal showings we put up in Week 10.

Stella will have her shot at retaking the lead; the full slate of 16 games led us to differ on six. Certainly not the largest number of contests where we’ve been at odds, but far from the fewest. And frankly, she’s got a real shot at surging.

We’re at odds in just one of the three Thanksgiving matchups – we’re both confident in the Bills and the Cowboys – with me taking the Patriots to win on the road against the Vikings. Sure, the New England offense looked putrid last week, but that Jets D is no joke – I’m counting on Mac Jones and company having an easier time moving the ball against this Minnesota team. And while the Vikings have plenty of offensive talent, I like the Pats to push them out of their comfort zone. It’ll be tight, but the Patriots will win. Stella wants to make it clear that this isn’t a troll pick (well, not completely a troll pick, at any rate). She really likes what she’s seen out of the Vikings and thinks that they’re poised to put it all together on offense; she’s expecting a massive performance from Justin Jefferson and is betting that Dalvin Cook blows up as well. In a shootout, Minnesota has the advantage – and Stella’s predicting a shootout.

Next up, I’m going with the Bengals over the Titans. I like Cincy’s offense, even if running back Joe Mixon is hobbled; Samaje Perine stepped in and the offense didn’t miss a beat. The Bengals receivers are stacked as well, even without Ja’Marr Chase. If the defense can put up even a little bit of a fight, Cincinnati should get it done. Stella isn’t enamored of the Titans – they’re not exactly an electrifying team to watch – but she thinks that they’ll handle the Bengals with a strong defensive performance and a steady diet of running back Derrick Henry. It won’t necessarily be pretty, but at the end of the day, a W is a W.

In a game where no one’s quite sure who’ll be quarterbacking, I’m picking the visiting Bears and Stella’s picking the home Jets. Justin Fields is banged up and may not play; if he sits, this is a TERRIBLE choice on my part. Meanwhile, the Jets just said they’re sitting Zach Wilson, likely in favor of starting Mike White. We’re just taking stabs at it. Don’t be surprised if this one winds up being 6-3 or some such nonsense. One thing’s for sure – we won’t be watching.

I’ve got Carolina winning at home against the Broncos for reasons that I can’t really articulate. Bker Mayfield has lost the starting job under center; I guess my reasoning is that Sam Darnold might be fired up to try and prove he belongs. Look, I didn’t say it was GOOD reasoning. Stella’s take on the Broncos is that while they might not be all that good, they’re good enough to steal the occasional win. And against a team like the Panthers, it should be a relatively easy theft. Russell Wilson might not be what he was, but she likes him to step it up a notch or three in this one.

From there, we head to Seattle, where I have the visiting Raiders knocking off the Seahawks. This one feels like a bit of a reach as well, but I’m not sure that Seattle can stop Josh Jacobs on the ground, and if Las Vegas can control the clock, they should be able to handle Seattle. That said, it feels weird expecting competence from a Josh McDaniels-led outfit. It’s not that Stella loves or even particularly likes this Seahawks team – it’s tough to tell just what you’ll get from week to week – but she figures they’ll be more than up for the Raiders. Still, she does like what she’s seen from Kenneth Walker III and am counting on him to move the ball against the Vegas front seven. Plus, it really does look like Geno Smith’s late bloom is legit.

Finally, in the Monday night matchup, I’m going with the Steelers over the Colts. Now, this Pittsburgh team has looked a bit better as of late, and as a Najee Harris fantasy owner, I’m rooting for his quasi-breakthrough to continue through this game. If he and counterpart Jaylen Warren keep it up, they should be able to pound the Colts into submission. Stella’s not convinced that Jeff Saturday is the guy to run this Indy squad, but she figures that with Jonathan Taylor toting the rock, it doesn’t matter quite so much who’s wearing the headset. Basically, whichever team’s running game is the strongest is going to win – we just disagree on which team that’ll be.

And there we are – six games. Will I maintain a lead? Or is this when Stella wrests control from me once and for all? I can probably guess your answer, and I get it – Stella’s both more adorable than me AND a savvier picker. Smart money’s on her, but you never know. That’s why they play the games.

(winners in caps)

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ALLEN’S PICKS

Thursday, November 24

BUFFALO at Detroit

NY Giants at DALLAS

NEW ENGLAND at Minnesota

Sunday, November 27

TAMPA BAY at Cleveland

CINCINNATI at Tennessee

Houston at MIAMI

CHICAGO at NY Jets

Atlanta at WASHINGTON

Denver at CAROLINA

BALTIMORE at Jacksonville

LA CHARGERS at Arizona

Las Vegas at SEATTLE

LA Rams at KANSAS CITY

New Orleans at SAN FRANCISCO

Green Bay at PHILADELPHIA

Monday, November 28

PITTSBURGH at Indianapolis

Week 11 record: 10-4

Season record: 95-66-1

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STELLA’S PICKS

Thursday, November 24

BUFFALO at Detroit

NY Giants at DALLAS

New England at MINNESOTA

Sunday, November 27

TAMPA BAY at Cleveland

Cincinnati at TENNESSEE

Houston at MIAMI

Chicago at NY JETS

Atlanta at WASHINGTON

DENVER at Carolina

BALTIMORE at Jacksonville

LA CHARGERS at Arizona

Las Vegas at SEATTLE

LA Rams at KANSAS CITY

New Orleans at SAN FRANCISCO

Green Bay at PHILADELPHIA

Monday, November 28

Pittsburgh at INDIANAPOLIS

Week 11 record: 11-3

Season record: 94-67-1

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