This Is When The Fun Begins - NFL Week 12 - Justin Rhoades - Raleigh, NC
Ed Zurga/AP

Ed Zurga/AP

  Minnesota and Philadelphia are continuing to win week after week and prove their teams are for real. Even going on the road in tough division mashups and winning despite the hostile environments. Carson Wentz has the Eagles offense firing on all cylinders. With the addition of Alshon Jeffrey, Legarrette Blount, and Torrey Smith in the offseason and adding Jay Ajayi at the trade deadline gives Wentz a plethora of options to help spread the ball around.

 Even with all those additions, the Wentz-Ertz connection has been the most consistent and productive this season. Ertz has 45 receptions for 545 receiving yards, with 6 TDs on the season. With Jeffrey developing his own rapport recently with Wentz, the offense is poised to peak at the right time going into January. 

Rich Barnes/AP

Rich Barnes/AP

  Minnesota has been on fire on offense lately as well. Given the chance to start and lead an offense, Case Keenum is proving the risk is paying off, even with Bridgewater cleared to return to action. Adam Thielen, Stefan Diggs, Kyle Rudolph, Jerick McKinnon, and Latavius Murray are all helping the offense keep a fast and explosive pace, even after Dalvin Cook and Sam Bradford went down with an injury.  

  It just goes to show that QB play is impossible to predict. The Vikings have spent several first round draft picks to find their QB and Case Keenum has fallen into their laps. A player almost every NFL team could have signed is leading a division leader and a team currently sitting at number 2 in the NFC. So more than anything I think the lesson in today's NFL is, do whatever you must to avoid Sam Bradford as your starting QB! Now onto the picks!

Week 12 Picks  

Justin (2017 Season)

  • Outright - (88-64)                                             Week 11 - (6-7)
  • Spread -   (65-71-4)                                                           (4-7)
  • Over/Under - (63-78-2)                                                     (4-7)

Thursday, Nov. 23

12:30 p.m. ET

  • Minnesota Vikings (-3, 44.5) at Detroit Lions

4:30 p.m. ET

  • Los Angeles Chargers (-1, 48) at Dallas Cowboys

8:30 p.m. ET

  • New York Giants at Washington Redskins (-7.5, 45)

Sunday, Nov. 26

1:00 p.m. ET

  • Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals (O)(-8, 38) OVER
  • Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles(O) (-13.5, 44) UNDER
  • Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots (-16, 47.5) UNDER
  • Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs(O) (-10, 46.5) OVER
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons (-9.5, 48.5) OVER
  • Carolina Panthers (-5, 40.5) at New York Jets OVER
  • Tennessee Titans (-3, 46) at Indianapolis Colts OVER

4:00 p.m. ET

  • Seattle Seahawks (-6.5, 45) at San Francisco 49ers UNDER
  • New Orleans Saints(O) at Los Angeles Rams (-2.5, 53.5) OVER
  • Jacksonville Jaguars(O)(-5.5, 38) at Arizona Cardinals UNDER
  • Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders (-5, 43.5) OVER

8:30 p.m. ET

  • Green Bay Packers at Pittsburgh Steelers (-14, 43.5) UNDER

Monday, Nov. 27

  • Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens (O)(-7, 38) UNDER
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2017 Season Predictions (UPDATED)

Division Winners/Playoff Teams

AFC Championship - Pittsburgh Steelers(30-27) vs New England Patriots  

AFC East - New England Patriots (12-4)

AFC South - Jacksonville Jaguars (11-5)

AFC North - Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)

AFC West - Kansas City Chiefs (10-6)

AFC Wild Card 1 - Tennessee Titans (10-6)

AFC Wild Card 2 - Oakland Raiders (9-7)

NFC Championship - Seattle Seahawks(27-20) vs Philadelphia Eagles

NFC East - Philadelphia Eagles (13-3)

NFC South - New Orleans Saints (12-4)

NFC North - Minnesota Vikings (10-6)

NFC West - Seattle Seahawks (11-5) 

NFC Wild Card 1 -  Los Angeles Rams (10-6)

NFC Wild Card 2 - Chicago Bears (8-8)

Super Bowl LII - February 4th, 2018

Super Bowl 52

Seattle Seahawks(37-34 OT) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers


Justin is the Founder and Editor at Large for Rooted, A Gentlemen's Blog. He grew up in Illinois as a military brat but has made Raleigh his home for the last decade. These experiences influence his views expressed on The Gentlemen's Blog. He enjoys sports, politics, music, entertainment, and humor. For Justin, nothing is off limits. He loves to spend his free time with his wife and his pup, Bruce.