NFL week 12 picks: Packers, Cowboys, Giants win on Thanksgiving

By Doug Halberstadt

Sports Columnist

First of all, happy Thanksgiving! I hope you and your families have a wonderful holiday.

I am very thankful to all of you who continue to faithfully read my columns. I appreciate the feedback, and whether we agree or disagree, it’s nice to know there are people all over the country interested in what I’m writing each week . That makes it all worthwhile.

There are three games on Thanksgiving Day. Green Bay has to go to Detroit. The trip will be worth it for them. They’ll pick up their second win within five days. Dallas hosts the Raiders in the second game. The Raiders are coming off an upset victory over the Bengals. Dallas also is coming off a 7-6 win over the Redskins. It’s almost un-American to pick against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. I just hope they play better than they have the last two weeks. I’m going with Dallas.

In the Thursday night game on the NFL Network, the Giants are in Denver to take on the Broncos. Eli Manning and the Giants should prove that, despite the great start to their season, the Broncos are still a bunch of turkeys.

Sunday (Nov. 29) Atlanta is at home against Tampa Bay. I like Atlanta in the Georgia Dome. Miami will be in Buffalo to face the Bills. I’m hoping the Dolphins can make it two road victories in less than two full weeks. In the Ohio state championship game, the Browns travel south to invade Cincinnati. The Bengals will bounce back from a tough loss last week and defend their home turf.

The Cardinals have to come to Tennessee to meet the Titans. I think the red birds will get things accomplished and pull out a win in what could be a very close game. The Seahawks are in St. Louis, and will get a win on the road.

Unfortunately for Chicago, their woes will continue. They have to travel to the Metrodome to meet up with an old nemesis, Brett Favre. He is red hot, and I don’t think this year’s Bears team has the tools to put out those Favre flames.

The New York Jets are at home against the Panthers. I’m taking the home team in this game. Philadelphia welcomes Washington into town, and four quarters later, sends them on their way back to D.C. with another loss. The Colts keep winning, and, until they prove me wrong, I’ll keep picking them. This week, they are on the road against the Texans. They should improve to 11-0.

San Diego hosts the shocking Kansas City Chiefs. Even though the Chiefs knocked off the defending Super Bowl champs in overtime last week, they won’t have enough left in their tank to get past San Diego.

San Francisco played the Packers tough last Sunday. This week, they are at home against Jacksonville. I think the 49ers will prevail in another close game. Baltimore has to play the Steelers at home. They’ll come away with their Ravens heads held high in the nationally-televised Sunday night game.

The final game of November is on Monday night (Nov. 30), and it should be a great game. The Saints will try to stay undefeated as they host the New England Patriots. This could be one of the highest-scoring games all season. I like the Saints at home. Look for them to score 40 or more, and New England won’t be far behind.

Last week, I was 10-5 heading into the Monday night game. I took the Titans over the Texans. If I’m right, that’ll put me at 111-49 on the season. Come on, Tennessee; give me one more little thing to be thankful for this year.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

From the November 25-December 1, 2009 issue

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