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2008 4-Caster Frank's NFL Picks
WEEK 12
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Steelers 24 Bengals 6
It's Thursday Night and there is a NFL game this week. The game is on the NFL Network and many people will not be able to see it. Unlike last week when the AFC East was on the line, this week's game is as competitive as the hammer vs. the nail. Look for the Bengals to get hammered by the Steelers who win easily at home.

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Browns 27 Texans 17
The Browns have been a mystery all years, some weeks they look good, as in their win over the Giants, and other weeks they look like one of the worst teams in the NFL, and it could change in the course of games as they have built leads only to blow them. This week that won't be a problem as they should take down the Texans at home easily.
Ravens 17 Eagles 13
Last week Eagles QB Donovan McNabb confessed to not knowing NFL games, could end in a tie. Other things Donovan does not know; winning a Super Bowl gives you a shinny trophy and a big ring, he has also forgotten what a playoff game looks like from the field, and that the view from third place is better then the view from last place. Sadly Donovan won't get a chance to learn those other lessons any time soon.

Cowboys 38 49ers 13
Last week QB Tony Romo returned, and the Cowboys appeared to get back on track, this week at home against the 49ers look for them to begin rolling towards the playoffs as they should be able to take advantage of the 49ers weak secondary for some big numbers. In addition the game is at 1PM EST, and a West Coast team still has not won a game at that start time this season.
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Buccaneers 24 Lions 20
This week the big three automakers showed up at Capitol Hill to beg for a bailout for the auto industry. They arrived in Washington on Private Jets, if you want to know why Detroit is in such bad shape, there is your answer. The Lions are owned by Ford and run very much the same way. They are due for a win, and will throw a scare in the Buccaneers, but in the end the will shoot themselves in the foot and fall to 0-11.
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Vikings 20 Jaguars 17
In a battle of teams that have failed to live up to expectations this year, look for the Vikings to keep their playoff hopes alive by going down to Jacksonville and delivering a big win on the road. Last week they came close to winning in Tampa, but came up just a little short, but the Jaguars are a little more beat up mentally and physically and won't give the Viking as many problems as the Bucs did.
Total No Spread: 89-56-1 .614
Total Spread: 78-68 .534
Chiefs 24 Bills 20
The Bills started the season fast and furious winning their first four games, giving their fans reasonable hopes they could win the AFC East. Those hopes have gone up in smoke, as the Bills have won just one game since. Look for their struggles to continue this week as they slip below .500 with a loss on the road to the lowly Chiefs.
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Dolphins 17 Patriots 14
To dream the impossible dream, can the Dolphins go from 1-15 to the playoffs and in the process step on the necks of the Patriots? Can they really do it? Are they really a playoff contender? Is this for real? All those questions will be answered in some way this week. All I know is this year they already slammed the Pats in Foxboro, so why can't they just win it in Miami.
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Bears 34 Rams 13
There are certain women in the world, which are called slump busters. So easy are they even the biggest loser can get back on their game on one date with them. The Rams are the slump busters in the NFL; teams line up just to play them. Look for the Bears to sooth their souls from last week's beating by the Packers by crushing the awful Rams.
Jets 27 Titans 13
Right now the Jets are playing as good as they possibly can, they took out the Patriots in Foxboro last week to take over first place. Now facing the unbeaten Titans on the road, they can make a major statement heading towards the playoffs. Coming off a full ten days off look for the Jets to end the Titans dreams of a perfect season and to do so by two touchdowns.
+8½
Broncos 42 Raiders 10
With wins on the road in Cleveland and Atlanta the last two weeks the Broncos have appeared to have gotten back on track and taken over the lowly AFC West. Now against the Raiders at home they will continue to roll as Coach Mike Shanahan loves to throw dirt and humiliate Al Davis, look for the Broncos to win the game big.
+5½
Giants 24 Cardinals 20
When the Giants were last at the University of Phoenix Stadium, they were stunning the world by winning Super Bowl XLII. Since then the Giants have proved it was not a fluke, winning every big test this season off to a 9-1 start. The Cardinals are the latest test with the Western Division all but clinched. Look for the Giants to pass this one too, as the NFC West is like the Sun Belt Conference, while the Giants are the team that is for real and the team to beat in the NFC.
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Redskins 31 Seahawks 13
The last two times the Redskins made the playoffs their season came to a bitter end in the Pacific Northwest. Sweet revenge will be on their minds this week as they travel to Seattle needing a win against an injury ravaged Seahawks team going through a nightmarish lost season. Look for the Redskins to win the game easily, as Jim Zorn returns to the city where he had many successful seasons as a QB.
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Panthers 24 Falcons 20
If the Falcons are to have a shot at the playoffs, this game is almost a must win. However, as the season turns to the stretch QB Matt Ryan is showing signs of hitting the rookie wall. While the future is bright in Atlanta, it is the future, and the present is in Carolina, and the Panthers with a healthy Jake Delhomme are a serious Super Bowl contender, look for them to get a big road win in Atlanta.
+2½
Colts 24 Chargers 20
Colts versus Chargers, when the season began this game was circled on the calendar as a possible AFC Championship preview. Now, it's a game of survival as the Chargers with a loss can start focusing on the draft and next season. The Colts also need to win, as there are allot of teams in a 6-4 jumble. Look for a big night from Peyton Manning, as the Chargers continue to just be lacking the big play.
Packers 34 Saints 31
This one might be fun on Monday Night as two high powered offenses meet at the Superdome. Drew Brees is having a MVP season, but the Saints secondary is toasted up and down the field on a regular basis, keeping the Saints in the NFC South cellar. Look for the defense to hurt them again as a big day by Brees is ruined, with Aaron Rodgers putting up even bigger numbers and leading the Packers to a win.
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