First, accept our wish that you have a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving holiday. The Ghost Rat and Rat’s Widow have a hectic but fun day of turkey, pie, conversation, and football ahead of us, and hope that each of you has similar joys. Our race for the weekly picks contest is tight, with DJ Crash trailing Ghost Rat by only one game, and Fat Jesus sitting five games off the pace. The Widow has fallen to 14 back but still leads a couple of our contributors, and when we finally reveal how she made her picks this season, you will be duly impressed. Trust me.
Both Ghost Rat and DJ Crash are ahead of PFT’s Michael David Smith (113-63), while Mike Florio would be another five games behind (108-68). To be fair, they both recorded last week’s Packers-Vikings game as a loss, which we find unnecessary. Ties are so rare in the NFL that no one would predict them, so taking a flyer on the game seems like a better option. We factor ties out of the weekly picks contest.
Here are the standings through Week 12:
|Like Gandhi, But Taller||161||104||16|
|Guest Quarter (coin flip)||130||135||47|
We all had rough weeks in Week Twelve, with the Quarter tying Gandhi for week with an 8-5 record. Everyone else was worse. This week, we generally like the Lions and the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, while the Ravens-Steelers game drew a divided group. This weekend, we like the Patriots, Browns, Colts, Jets, Panthers, Bills, 49ers, Broncos, Giants and Seahawks. The Widow and I are both holding out on the Chiefs taking out the Broncos in Kansas City, and our cast was divided on the Bears-Vikings and Chargers-Bengals contests. Here are our picks for the week:
|Writer||GB @ DET||OAK @ DAL||PIT @ BAL||NE @ HOU||JAC @ CLE||TEN @ IND||CHI @ MIN||MIA @ NYJ|
|Writer||AZ @ PHI||TB @ CAR||ATL @ BUF||STL @ SF||DEN @ KC||CIN @ SD||NYG @ WAS||NO @ SEA|