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NFL Week 12 Picks: The Dennis Allen Effect

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The fantasy football playoffs are right around the corner! NFL teams look to secure spots in the postseason shuffle, and the family is putting together a fabulous meal: Welcome to NFL Week 12 and Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! While you lay back, enjoy the food and family, make sure to check out our picks and previews.

NFL Week 12 Pick Distribution

Turkey Day Games

11.30 am CT – Philadelphia Eagles (4-6) at Detroit Lions (3-7)

We get started early with a resurgent Lions team hosting Chip Kelly and what used to be his men. The city of brotherly love seems headed for an ugly divorce. But you know what they say: one franchises loss, Pat Haden’s gain. Detroit’s season was essentially over after the game in London several weeks ago and Philadelphia’s playoff chances after a horrendous outing against the Bucs at home. This game should be exciting, look for one team to prove its character and commitment.

Nov 22, 2015; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) throws a pas against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Sun Life Stadium. The Cowboys won 24-14. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

3.30 pm CT – Carolina Panthers (10-0) at Dallas Cowboys (3-7)

Schedule your Thanksgiving dinner for another time. This has the makings of an epic battle between two good teams whose situations could not be more different. Tony Romo is back, was he great? No, but his presence lifted the play of his teammates and it will only improve from here on out. Let’s see whether Cam Newton can be a good quarterback against a solid defense and let’s find out whether the Cowboys will hand the Panthers their first loss of the season. E-N-J-O-Y!!

7.30 pm CT – Chicago Bears (4-6) at Green Bay Packers (7-3)

Could there be a more beautiful way to wrap up this day than moving your stuffed self over to the couch and watching a special edition of Sunday Night Football? We are inclined to say “no”. Chicago is on the right track under John Fox and Ryan Pace but a few more solid drafts are needed to turn this team into a contender. Green Bay meanwhile is one and looks to get hot now to secure the second seed in the NFC. Last week’s win in Minnesota was impressive and could be the beginning of such a streak.

Next: Sunday, Part One