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NFL week 12 game picks: Giving Oakland another shot

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It's interesting when a team goes on a three-game losing streak and yet each week still offers a reason to think they can win. That's what the Raiders have done over the past month. Much of that has to do with their opponent getting progressively easier each week, starting with the Steelers in Pittsburgh, the Vikings in Oakland, the Lions in Detroit, and now the 2-win Titans in Tennessee.

So, naturally, yet again the consensus of the staff is picking the Raiders. Which if recent history is any indication, that doesn't bode well for the Raiders' chances.

Last week all but one of us (Jeff) picked the Raiders to beat the Lions and we were wrong. Jeff enjoyed a 9-5 record for last week in part due to his correctly picking the Lions to beat the Raiders. But he didn't have the best record of the week. That goes to Marcus who finished 10-4 despite his incorrect Raiders pick. Impressive considering three of the staff had a 7-7 finish for the week.

This week we have eight unanimous picks -- the Panthers and Packers on Thanksgiving Day and the Chiefs, *Raiders, Bengals, Cardinals, Seahawks, and Patriots on Sunday.

Here are all of our picks for this week's games:

Week 12 Levi Marcus Jeff RDreamer Asher Tyler G
Week 11 total 7-7 10-4 9-5 7-7 7-7 9-5
Overall record 105-55 98-62 96-64 96-64 95-65 90-70
Philadelphia at Detroit DET DET PHI DET DET
PHI
Carolina at Dallas CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR
CAR
Chicago at Green Bay GB GB
GB
GB GB
GB
New Orleans at Houston HOU HOU
HOU
HOU HOU
NO
Buffalo at Kansas City KC KC
KC
KC KC
KC
San Diego at Jacksonville JAX JAX
JAX
JAX SD
SD
Minnesota at Atlanta MIN MIN
ATL
MIN MIN
ATL
Miami at N.Y. Jets MIA NYJ
NYJ
NYJ NYJ
NYJ
N.Y. Giants at Washington WAS WAS
NYG
WAS WAS
NYG
Oakland at Tennessee OAK
OAK
OAK
??* OAK
OAK
St. Louis at Cincinnati CIN CIN
CIN
CIN CIN CIN
Tampa Bay at Indianapolis IND TB
IND
TB TB TB
Arizona at San Francisco ARI ARI
ARI
ARI ARI ARI
Pittsburgh at Seattle SEA SEA
SEA
SEA SEA SEA
New England at Denver NE NE
NE
NE NE NE
Baltimore at Cleveland CLE BAL
CLE
BAL BAL BAL

*RDreamer's pick for the Raiders game will be revealed in his Friday Forecast article.

The community couldn't reach Marcus' week best, but did well overall. Certainly had quite a few do better than my 7-7. And only one of the top prognosticators correctly picked the Raiders to lose (UKRaider). Here are the week's best:

2015 Week 11 Tyrants Hubris ryrivers RAIDERSINN Jstwin98 Baman TAW 20crow kyraider Ukraider sly b* OAKRAIDER64
Week 11 Rank T-1ST T-1ST T-2ND T-2ND T-2ND T-2ND T-2ND T-2ND T-2ND T-2ND T-2ND
Week 11 Record 9-5 9-5 9-5 8-6 8-6 8-6 8-6 8-6 8-6 8-6 8-6
Overall record 93-67 95-65 33-22 94-66 88-72 86-59 85-59 84-60 83-63 82-46 76-52
Overall Rank 5TH T-3RD 4TH 7TH

As always, keep an eye out for Adds99's fanpost if you would like to make your picks for the week.