Sunday, 27 November 2011

NFL Picks Week Twelve sponsored by Studio Yukupo

Other than pointing out how right I was a few weeks ago when I said older brother John had the beating of Jim, and how proud I was to go 3-0 with my Thanksgiving picks, I didn't really prepare anything to write this week about NFL stuff so here's a delicious starter/side dish recipe that serves four.

King Prawn Salad

  • 2 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 225g/8oz Raw King Prawns (jumbo shrimps), peeled and deveined
  • 4 Spring Onions, thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • 10cm/4-inches Cucumber, cut into 5cm/2-inch julienne strips
  • 1 tbsp freshly chopped Coriander (cilantro), finely chopped
  • 1 teasp Fish Sauce
  • 2 fresh Red chillies, finely chopped
  • The juice of 1 Lemon

1. Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan and when very hot add the prawns and stir-fry for 3 to 4 minutes, until they turn pink.

2. Remove the prawns from the pan with a slotted spoon and cut into thin slices diagonally.

3. Place the prawn slices in a mixing bowl together with the remaining ingredients and toss to mix well. Serve immediately

Picks after the jump.

Home Team listed in CAPS
(*) = Line Differential

Packers (-6.5) at LIONS
Dolphins (+7) at COWBOYS
49ers (+3) at RAVENS
Vikings (+9.5) at FALCONS
Texans (-5) at JAGUARS
Browns (+7.5) at BENGALS
Buccaneers (+3.5) at TITANS
Panthers (-3) at COLTS
Cardinals (+3) at RAMS
Bills (+9) at JETS
Bears (+4) at RAIDERS
Patriots (-3.5) at EAGLES
Redskins (+3.5) at SEAHAWKS
Broncos (+6) at CHARGERS
Steelers (-10.5) at CHIEFS
Giants (+7) at SAINTS

Chris picks: Packers, Cowboys, 49ers, Falcons, Jaguars, Bengals, Titans, Colts, Rams, Jets, Raiders, Patriots, Seahawks, Broncos, Chiefs, Giants

I pick: Packers, Dolphins, Ravens, Falcons, Texans, Bengals, Titans, Panthers, Cardinals, Jets, Bears, Patriots, Seahawks, Broncos, Steelers, Giants

I knew that against actual good teams, the Lions couldn't hack it. Frankly most of the players on that team are douchenozzles so I can't blame Suh too much for wanting to stamp on them but you gotta keep your head in that situation. The Cowboys are jsut being flat overrated at this point They have talented players but they're not all working in a unified direction. 49ers meanwhile, they're starting to feel like a mirage. I heard someone compare them to the '01 Chicago Bears who promptly sank back into oblivion in future seasons.

Peterson is out for the Vikings, on the road in Atlanta I don't see them keeping hold of the Falcons. In Jacksonville, the home team can't score. I don't like to pile on the tone set by national media, and he did come straight from a shotgun spread with no talent on the edges, but it's very suspicious that Blaine Gabbert has played so poorly especially compared to every other rookie, even Locker last week. +7.5 is way high for Cincinnati in a divisional matchup, but I'm morally opposed to picking the Browns. I could see that going the other way easily.

Buccs are no good on the road. They should be able to stay close to the Titans, but more like a touchdown than a field goal. I'm also morally opposed to picking the awful, awful Colts. It would be so funny if Cam Newton lost this game, but Indianapolis has no backbone. The Rams are also terrible. The Cardinals aren't much, but they should be able to go on the road there and get a W. The Bills have fallen back off the face of the Earth. On the road, they might not score a point here. The Raiders probably should win this game but this feels like one they'd totally screw up like that Kansas City one. Chicago is pretty tough on defense and special teams and Jay Cutler plays neither.

The Eagles, another team I'm morally opposed to taking with all their weakass shenanigans. This feels like one where the Pats could go in and blow their doors off. The Redskins fought tough last week but they hate Dallas more than any other team and I don't think they'll muster up the same intensity going out to the Clink. How can you pick against Tim Tebow at this point? Unlike all the pundits out there who say they hope he succeeds, I actually do root for him. How disingenuous is it that all these talking heads go about saying "Hey, I'd love for him to marry my daughter, hur hur" and then spend the next ten minutes bashing the crap out of him.

I have a funny feeling that the Chiefs may sneak one this week; Palko is a Pittsburgh guy and will be eager to show them what he can do especially after struggling last Monday. The Steelers are being a little overrated in the context of the AFC because of their record but ultimately, the Chiefs are so hard to watch I'm gonna do a Ross Tucker, wuss out and pick the favorite. How in the hell did the GIants suck me in again? You'd think after three years of this crap I'd have learned my lesson with them. Apparently not because I think they could break one here against a team that doesn't seem to want to mix it up too much.

Last week:
Chris: 9-3-2
Me: 6-6-2

Chris: 81-71-8
Me: 84-68-8

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