NFL Week 12 Picks: The Dennis Allen Effect

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Sep 28, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (73) goes against the Atlanta Falcons offensive line in the third quarter at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings win 41-28. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Vikings (7-3) at Atlanta Falcons (6-4)

Last year, Teddy Bridgewater made his first start of his career against the Falcons and got his first W. This year, the Falcons await the Vikings at home in the Georgia Dome, trying to get back to their winning ways after a horrible, self-inflicted stretch in mid-season. The stakes are high as both teams need every win they can get to reach the wildcard round.

San Diego Chargers (2-8) at Jacksonville Jaguars (4-6)

Poor Philip Rivers; pretty much all of his receivers are hurt, the front office fails to put together an offensive line and the defense is playing awful football. It is time to move on from this season and possibly even from San Diego. Things could get embarrassing over in Jacksonville where a young offense full of deep threats is clicking and seeking to clinch the AFC South.

Oakland Raiders (4-6) at Tennessee Titans (2-8)

The Raiders have lost three straight, all of them in disappointing fashion as the young offense stumbles at the most inopportune times. Tennessee features a stout front seven and solid secondary where the injury bug is biting these days, opening the door for a bounce back performance by Oakland. This game features two of the best young quarterbacks in the league whose learning experience should continue here.

Sep 24, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) catches a touchdown pass in front of Washington Redskins corner back Bashaud Breeland (26) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York Giants (5-5) at Washington Redskins (4-6)

As sad as it is, the NFC East lead depends on this matchup. Washington returns home after a pathetic outing in Carolina and New York is coming off a bye following a heartbreaking loss against the Patriots. The men in blue decided the first game at home and are looking to sweep the division foe. The outcome may range from a close shootout to a landslide win for the Giants, make sure to check the score.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5) at Indianapolis Colts (5-5) 

Matt Hasselbeck is still undefeated and it will take tremendous effort and game planning by the Buccaneers to change that. No doubt, last week in Philadelphia was impressive but Jameis Winston must prove it was no fluke. No, the gravy was not poisoned, you are reading this correctly: the Bucs remain in the NFC playoff picture.

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