By The Numbers: Week 12, 2019

With last week being the Bye for the Packers, I didn’t watch much football. I kinda kept up on scores and highlights, but didn’t sit down and watch a whole game, save for most of the MNF match between San Diego and Kansas City. It was pretty sad to watch the Chargers put themselves into a position to win just to lose to themselves, but apparently that has been their Achilles heel all season. Whatever the case, I had a much better week with my picks this time, behold:

Steelers 21, Browns 20
Ravens 24, Texans 21 – Correct
Panthers 20, Falcons 13
Cowboys 28, Lions 23 – Correct
Colts 21, Jags 14 – Correct
Bills 30, Dolphins 21 – Correct
Vikings 27, Broncos 10 – Correct
Saints 35, Buccs 27 – Correct
Jets 17, Redskins 13 – Correct
49ers 24, Cards 13 – Correct
Raiders 30, Bengals 19 – Correct
Patriots 27, Eagles 24 – Correct
Rams 21, Bears 10 – Correct
Chiefs 27, Chargers 14 – Correct

Week Score: 12-2
Season Score: 98-63

The ratio improves a bit as a result. I’m on pace to at least match last year as long as I keep up weeks like this and don’t fall back into bad habits as far as predictability goes. Honestly with the only two incorrect picks, I’d have thought the Steelers would have beat up the Browns and that the Panthers could have held their own against the lowly Falcons, but any given Sunday, right? Let’s make picks for week 12:

Texans 21, Colts 20
Falcons 24, Buccs 17
Bills 28, Broncos 23
Bears 21, Giants 13
Steelers 27, Bengals 10
Browns 21, Dolphins 14
Saints 30, Panthers 20
Raiders 24, Jets 17
Lions 27, Redskins 13
Titans 23, Jags 13
Patriots 35, Cowboys 27
Packers 28, 49ers 24
Seahawks 27, Eagles 21
Ravens 31, Rams 27

This week is a big one for the Packers. We’re heading into San Francisco, and though the 49ers are no longer undefeated, they are still the #1 seed in the NFC with a 9-1 record, while we are sitting at 8-2 and hold the #2 seed. Either seed comes with a first round bye and home field advantage, but it would be huge for the Packers to get a quality win on the road against the top seed and there by taking that top seed. We could then be in control of our own destiny and would only lose it with a major stumble down the stretch. We’re a cold weather team though, so this is when the defense and run game become even more important, and both have been much improved over prior years, despite what stats may say. We’ll check back in next week to see how that goes. I’m looking forward to a good game!