“Pick ‘Em or Kick ‘Em”™: FGT VS. Urban Sports Scene Week 12 NFL Picks
By the Football Garbage Time StaffIf you followed last year, you won over 60% of your picks, and we aim to do even better this year.
And if you’ve been following us, you know that we here at Football Garbage Time have gone head to head against Wally, Will and Ray at Urban Sports Scene on our NFL Picks for the last 4 seasons. Why? Because they’re awesome competitors, they KNOW their sports, and, heck, they’re just good guys! This year we’ll have their picks up right HERE, so keep it tuned in, to both us and them, because we’ll be picking all season all long.
Without further to do, here we go:
Week 12 Games
Ha Kung Wong’s Picks
Ha Kung’s Thoughts:
Last year I ended up with a 64.7% record for the season, so that’s five years in a row with over a 60% pick rate. Plus, I had a 88.2% record on Locks of the Week and a 64.7% record on Upsets of the Week. Don’t worry, I don’t plan on stopping now!
We had a solid Week 11 going 8-6, leaving us at 108-52 for the season (67.5%), which is still pretty darn good. But others are catching up, so I need to keep moving forward! I’m also rolling with 9-2 (81.8%) for Locks of the Week and 6-5 (54.5%) for Upsets of the Week. But I’ve got plenty of work to do, so let’s get to that Lock (for Survivor Leagues) and Upset for Week 12…
Lock of the Week ➡ Seattle Seahawks (-5.0) over Philadelphia Eagles
Sure, the Seahawks defense is essentially nonexistent this year, giving up the most yards (434.9) and the 4th most points (28.7) per game. But the Eagles offense has been equally putrid with 7th least offensive yards (330.1) and 9th least points (22.0) per game, along with the 3rd most giveaways (20) of any team this season. Maybe the Eagles take advantage a little, but averaging 2 giveaways per game essentially gives Seattle 2 extra possessions. And the one thing you don’t want to do is give the Seahawks extra possessions, seeing as how they already generate the 4th most total yards (400.0) and second most points (31.8) per game of any team this season. Bottom line is that the Eagles are trending in the wrong direction, and I don’t see that changing when they face Russell Wilson on Sunday. Lock in the Seahawks.
Upset of the Week ➡ Carolina Panthers (+4.0) over Minnesota Vikings
In Week 11, the Panthers didn’t have Teddy Bridgewater or Christian McCaffrey, but still found a way to win. The Vikings on the other hand had every skill player available, including the best RB in the league in Delvin Cook, and still found a way to lose to the bottom dwelling dumpster fire known as the Dallas Cowboys. Call this a gut call, but it’s deflating for the Vikings to end their run with the Cowboys, and I think it’ll be tough without Adam Thielen available for them to beat the Panthers. I could be wrong, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the upset.
Joanne Kong’s Picks
Survivor Pick: Seattle Seahawks
Scott King’s Picks
Houston Texans / Dallas Cowboys
Remainder of picks coming soon!
Ryan Whitfield’s Picks
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Check out Wole’s thoughts on his picks in the recent Urban Sports Scene Podcast!
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WFT defeating the @Bengals and their upcoming Turkey day game w/Dallas-20:51
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Check out Ray’s thoughts on his picks in the most recent Urban Sports Scene Podcast!
Check out Will’s thoughts on his picks in the most recent Urban Sports Scene Podcast!
UPDATE – George is off Denver now with the QB situation and picking New Orleans.
Those darn Packers cost me an opportunity to further close the gap on the top.
Let’s start with Turkey Day and the game that will determine the NFC East winner. Dallas looked back on both sides of the ball in their win against Minnesota (which I predicted). Washington won the first meeting in part by knocking Andy Dalton out of the game. Ezekiel Elliott didn’t run for 100 yards in the last meeting but had done so in every previous meeting. Dallas has the better offense and I expect more balance from them. And that’s why they will win and take control of the NFC East
Survivor: Picking an NFC East team will seem bold but the Giants are in the best form of any NFC East team over the last month. And they get the Bengals with Brandon Allen and not Joe Burrow.
Upsets: Even though Taysom Hill managed a good enough game against Atlanta, let’s see if they can take that offense on the road against a Denver team that’s played good defense at home. I don’t think that will work.
Tennessee has to win at Indianapolis or they can forget winning the AFC South. Titans led the first matchup until surrendering 2 TDs in less than a minute (one of them a blocked punt). Think the Titans turn it around and win.
Atlanta embarrassed themselves against Hill and the Saints last week. And they get a Raiders team that was fabulous in defeat to the all-conquering Chiefs. It’s a big bounce-back spot for Atlanta and a huge let down spot for Las Vegas on the road.
Others: If Pittsburgh-Baltimore is played I am going with the Steelers to get a rare sweep because they have an opportunity to put the Ravens out of the playoffs altogether and Lamar Jackson is in a slump I am not sure he can get out of this year.
Kansas City doesn’t have much margin for error if they want to catch Pittsburgh for the number 1 seed and they will go to Tampa Bay and win a shootout with Tom Brady.
And Seattle will kill off Philadelphia’s season on Monday night. The Eagles need a Lemon Law for Carson Wentz.
Week 11 Results
Check back next week for our Week 12 results and Week 13 picks!