2014 NFL Season: Week 12 Predictions
Week 11 Recap
Week 11 was a crazy week, with several big upsets and other surprises. The sports simulator Centrary, as a result, took a hit with its picks from these wild games, going only 6-8 for the week for a season total of 92-68-1. It's a pretty decent win percentage, but I'm aware its well below that of many professional experts.
It did get another game of the week correct by getting Arizona, so now its 8-3 in those games. It did get the snore of the week wrong, though, as Tampa "upset" Washington, Centrary is now 6-5 in those games.
Best pick: Not too many to pick from this week, but I'll give the nod to the pick of New England over Indianapolis by a decent amount of points on Sunday night.
Worst pick: I think having the Saints win big vs Cincinnati looks pretty bad at the moment. Centrary just loves the Saints despite its struggles.
Week 12 features fifteen games, as only two teams go on bye: Pittsburgh (thankfully, Centrary is 1-10 in picking Steeler games) and Carolina. This is the final week with byes.
Week 12 Picks
As always, the Centrary simulator makes these picks.
Kansas City 41, @Oakland 24: Tied 24-24 after three quarters, the Chiefs go off in the 4th quarter, going 17-0 in the final frame to escape the upset.
Cleveland 31, @Atlanta 29: The Falcons' comeback comes up just short late as they fail to convert a two-point conversion near the game's end.
@Buffalo 37, NY Jets 7: The Bills go up 27-0 at halftime for the win.
Snore of the Week - @Chicago 44, Tampa Bay 31: A shootout, the Bears hold off Tampa Bay and pull away at the end.
@Indianapolis 30, Jacksonville 16: A closer game than some would predict, but the Colts handle business here all the same.
@Houston 28, Cincinnati 20: I've mentioned in the past how much Centrary likes the Houston Texans, and it holds true this week. The Texans mount a 14-3 4th quarter to earn the victory.
Green Bay 31, @Minnesota 10: The Packers score two touchdowns in the 2nd and two more in the 4th for the win.
@New England 14, Detroit 9: The Lions actually get a safety to go their way in the 4th quarter, but the offense is again shut down, wasting another good outing by their defense.
@Philadelphia 31, Tennessee 13: The Eagles goes up 21-10 at the half and go on to have a nice bounce-back win.
@San Diego 24, St. Louis 3: The Rams are shutout until the 4th quarter. The Rams' multiple upsets have played havoc with Centrary lately, could it do it again?
Game of the Week - Arizona 27, @Seattle 17: The Cardinals were the only team last season to go into Seattle and win. This season, they go back to Seattle 9-1 against a struggling Seahawks team. The Cardinals go 17-0 in the 2nd and 3rd quarters to go ahead and earn another win in the, supposedly, toughest stadium in the NFL.
@Denver 35, Miami 28: The two teams trade touchdowns all game long, but the Broncos get one more at the end to escape with the win.
@San Francisco 41, Washington 24: The 49ers go up 24-7 at halftime, and cruise from there.
Dallas 20, @NY Giants 16: A close game, which has become non-existent on Sunday nights, but Dallas holds off a spirited effort from the Giants to keep up with the Eagles.
@New Orleans 16, Baltimore 7: Fun fact: the best team in the NFC South (4-6 Atlanta) is two games worse than the worst team in the AFC North (6-4 Cleveland). The Saints can work towards re-balancing these two divisions with a win here, which they supposedly would get by going 13-0 in the 2nd half, according to Centrary at least.
First of all, congrats to Baltimore on its victory. Centrary is really bad picking Saints and Steelers games.
Wouldn't you know it, those two teams play each other in Week 13. People can make a lot of money taking whoever Centrary doesn't pick to win that game.
It's also finally not picked Seattle win a game; it had picked the Seahawks to win each and every game up until now, and it couldn't find itself taking the Seahawks to beat 9-1 Arizona, even at home. We'll see what happens, but something tells me this week may be another crazy one.
The predictions here were made with the Centrary sports simulator, which simulates teams, not players, and in a quick, simple fashion.