WEEK 12 GAMES

Sports writers Mitch Albom, Nicholas J. Cotsonika and Drew Sharp take their best shots each week at predicting the NFL’s winners and losers. Their choices are made against the Glantz-Culver line. (Home teams capitalized.)

THE GAMES TIME TV ALBOM SHARP COTSONIKA COMMENT Green Bay 3 1/2 over DETROIT (Today) 12:30 Fox Detroit Green Bay Green Bay Packers DBs won’t have to pay teammates to stop the run; Mike Martz does that on his own. DALLAS 14 over N.Y. Jets (Today) 4:15 CBS Dallas Dallas Dallas Poor Terrell Owens; he gets a 4-TD day, and Randy Moss’ shadow eclipses him. Aw. Indy 11 1/2 over ATLANTA (Today) 8:15 NFLN Indianapolis Indianapolis Indianapolis “NFL Network, yes, Comcast, no!” says a DirecTV-smitten NFL. JACKSONVILLE 7 1/2 over Buffalo 1:00 – Jacksonville Buffalo Jacksonville After last week, we now know why Maurice Jones-Drew wasn’t in Shawn Merriman’s Nike spot. CLEVELAND 3 1/2 over Houston 1:00 CBS Cleveland Houston Cleveland Andre Johnson, if he stays healthy, may be fantasy’s most valuable non-Patriot down the stretch. N.Y. GIANTS 7 1/2 over Minnesota 1:00 Fox Giants Minnesota Minnesota When did the Vikings become the Broncos? Who else can rush for 150-plus behind their line? New Orleans 3 over CAROLINA 1:00 – New Orleans New Orleans New Orleans If Steve Smith is in, Carolina could beat the Saints; if not, they couldn’t beat Archie Manning’s ‘Aints KANSAS CITY 5 1/2 over Oakland 1:00 – Kansas City Kansas City Kansas City Priest Holmes re-injured his neck, then retired Wednesday – finally. Seattle 3 over ST. LOUIS …… 1:00 – St. Louis Seattle Seattle After this week, the Lions could be farther from their division leader than the Rams. Ouch, Seattle. Tennessee 1 over CINCINNATI 1:00 – Cincinnati Tennessee Tennessee If the Titans don’t nab a big-name WR in the off-season, Vince Young should demand a trade. TAMPA BAY 3 over Washington 1:00 – Washington Tampa Bay Tampa Bay How did Jon Gruden become a rumored candidate at U-M? His scowl doesn’t approach Lloyd Carr’s. ARIZONA 10 over San Francisco 4:05 – Arizona Arizona San Francisco If Ted Tollner gets the Niners’ offense back on track before Martz fixes the Lions’, we’re leaving. CHICAGO 2 over Denver 4:15 CBS Denver Denver Chicago So, do you think Devin Hester has nightmares involving Seattle kicker Josh Brown? SAN DIEGO 9 1/2 over Baltimore 4:15 – Baltimore San Diego San Diego Note to Ravens fans on last week’s loss to the Browns: They stole a win; you stole their team. NEW ENGLAND 22 over Philadelphia 8:15 NBC Philadelphia New England New England How good are the Patriots when a 22-point spread seems a little low? PITTSBURGH 16 over Miami (Mon.) 8:30 ESPN Miami Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Either Ricky Williams needs money or playing for a future 0-16 team has an appeal we can’t fathom.

HOME TEAMS IN CAPS; COMMENTS BY KYLE O’NEILL, FREE PRESS SPORTS WRITER

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