By Kelton Brooks (@BrooksWeekly)
The worst division in football this year is the NFC South. At 4-6, the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers are tied for first. That’s a winning percentage of .400 at week 12 in the 2014 NFL season. At the final quarter of the season, a division leader has a losing record.
The 4-6 Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Rams would be tied for first in the NFC South. With a record of 5-5, the Buffalo Bills would have sole possession.
In short, move over Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Came Newton. Say hello to Kyle Orton.
Week 12 Predictions Results
Brooks: 9-5; Overall: 100-61
Perez: 7-7; Overall: 109-52
Wooten: 7-7; Overall: 89-56
|Week 12 Matchups||Brooks||Perez||Wooten|
|KC @ OAK||KC(L)||KC(L)||KC(L)|
|CLE @ ATL||CLE(W)||CLE(W)||ATL(L)|
|TEN @ PHI||PHI(W)||PHI(W)||PHI(W)|
|DET @ NE||NE(W)||NE(W)||NE(W)|
|GB @ MIN||GB(W)||GB(W)||GB(W)|
|JAX @ IND||IND(W)||IND(W)||IND(W)|
|CIN @ HOU||HOU(L)||CIN(W)||HOU(W)|
|NYJ @ BUF||NYJ(L)||BUF(W)||BUF(W)|
|TB @ CHI||CHI(W)||CHI(W)||CHI(W)|
|ARI @ SEA||SEA(W)||SEA(W)||SEA(W)|
|STL @ SD||STL(L)||STL(L)||SD(W)|
|MIA @ DEN||DEN(W)||DEN(W)||DEN(W)|
|WSH @ SF||SF(W)||SF(W)||SF(W)|
|DAL @ NYG||DAL(W)||DAL(W)||DAL(W)|
|BAL @ NO||BAL(W)||NO(L)||NO(L)|
Washington Redskins (3-7) @ San Francisco 49ers (6-4)
Three years ago, Robert Griffin III became the 77th recipient of the Heisman Trophy Award as a junior at the University of Baylor. A year later he was drafted No. 2 overall and threw for 20 touchdowns to five interceptions as a rookie. Griffin was crowned Offensive Rookie of the Year and thought to be in the running for the future upper echelon of NFL quarterbacks.
Fast forward to 2014, plus a torn ACL and a broken ankle along the way, RG3 has become “RG-Me,” talking himself out of the nation’s capital. No matter what Griffin does, whether it’s side-stepping questions, saying “other guys have to step up,” or simply not performing, everything points to him.
He has played in only four games in 2014, throwing only three total passes in one. After head coach Jay Gruden scrutinized Griffin and players not backing the quarterback, the damage is leaning on a side of unrepairable in Washington.
It wouldn’t raise the slightest brow if Griffin was traded in the offseason. But in sports, winning cures all. A win on the road against the 49ers would deescalate the tension in Washington, but it won’t happen. Tempers will continue to flare.
San Francisco’s defense will capitalize off their five interception performance against Eli Manning and the Giants and disrupt Griffin all game long.
Cincinnati Bengals (6-3-1) @ Houston Texans (5-5)
The Bengals are the most frustratingly talented team in the NFL. After winning three straight to start the season, Cincinnati lost two and had a tie game against the Carolina Panthers.
Now, the Bengals have won three of their last four. The Bengals are faced with a positive problem in with rookie running back Jeremy Hill rushing for over 100 yard two of the past three games and starting running back Gio Bernard returning from hip and clavicle injuries.
AJ Green is returning to form since coming back from a toe injury that caused him to miss a couple of games, catching six passes for 127 yards and a touchdown.
Cincinnati prepares to take on Ryan Mallet who took over for a struggling Ryan Fitzpatrick in Houston. Mallet went 20 for 30 for 211 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in his first game as a starter in a 23-7 win over Cleveland.
I believe the former Arkansas star is the answer in Houston. Mallet will lead the Texans to a win over an unpredictable Bengals’ team.
Eddie P’s Philosophical Take
Arizona Cardinals (9-1) @ Seattle Seahawks (6-4)
The Arizona Cardinals have the best record in the NFL at 9-1. The Seattle Seahawks (6-4) are not quite at a Super Bowl level this year, but are still a formidable team. While the Cardinals are the favorite to win the division – and a playoff spot – the Seahawks are in the hunt for a wildcard spot. Seattle, however, cannot afford many more mistakes. They need to win to return to the postseason.
The Seahawks boast a top ten defense and the highest ranked rushing offense. Marshawn Lynch is still on beast mode at running back. Russell Wilson, while not as dynamic in the passing game, is also a threat running the ball.
The Cardinals will not be able to muster enough offense to beat the ‘Hawks.
St. Louis Rams (4-6) @ San Diego Chargers (6-4)
Let the records show, this writer will be attending this game. It will be this writer’s first professional football game. The records also show the St. Louis Rams are this writer’s favorite team – hence, the writer’s motive for picking the Rams.
The rams are coming off a huge win over the mighty Denver Broncos. The defense played perfectly. The defensive line applied enough pressure on Peyton Manning to disrupt him and his throws. The offense played a balanced game and did not self-destruct.
If this same Rams team shows up in San Diego, the Rams will be victorious against the Chargers. And this writer will be a very happy fan.
Words From Wooten
Kansas City (7-3) @ Oakland Raiders (0-10)
Well, it just doesn’t get any worse for the 0-10 Oakland Raiders. Now they can look forward to the draft and the offseason to acquire new talent and a few weapons for Derek Carr as he develops. But on the other side, Kansas City has a little swag in their system beating the reigning Super Bowl champs, the Seattle Seahawks.
Jamal Charles is back to his old ways by finding holes and straight up torching defenders. Justin Houson and Tamba Hali are still at it with their strong side and weak side blitz schemes. All in all, this will not be a good one for Oakland. They’re inconsistencies will cause them the game.
Arizona Cardinals (9-1) @ Seattle Seahawks (6-4)
This should be a good one.
Arizona is one of the very few teams to beat the Seahawks in Seattle over the past few years, so they’re going to Seattle expecting to do the same. Unfortunately for them, they are without their starting QB Carson Palmer. Who would’ve thought that Carson Palmer would have a football career after Cincinnati? Not me, but I love the competition he brings to the table.
Arizona has the best record in the NFL with just 1 loss on their record and Seattle is looking to add another loss to Arizona’s record. Marshawn Lynch has been in Beast Mode as of lately, running over just about anyone who’s in his way and scoring a few touchdowns.
In the end, it’s Seattle. I say Seattle because they’re at home and the Cardinals are without their field general in Carson Palmer. This may be a cakewalk for Seattle defense, but I know it just may be a struggle for Arizona’s front seven to stop Marshawn Lynch.