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WTB Staff Weekly NFL Picks – Week 12

There’s a lot to be thankful for this year. We have each other to get through this disappointing season. The Bucs can be thankful it’s almost over. I’m thankful that I’ll soon  no longer be embarrassing myself in the Weekly NFL Picks segment (as the season will be complete).

WTB Staff Weekly NFL Picks Standings

WTB Pick Standings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Total
Simon Alexander 11 13 7 8 7 7 10 10 8 11 8 100
Derek Fournier 9 11 7 10 8 5 11 10 6 11 10 98
Evan Wash 7 13 8 8 8 5 12 11 7 10 8 97
Jon Hink 10 12 8 9 6 6 11 9 7 10 9 97
Jason DLT 11 9 7 7 7 4 12 9 6 11 9 92

NFL Team Thanks

Usually, in this area, I go over who our guys picked in this week’s games, however, in the spirit of the holiday I’m going to tell you what I think each NFL team should be thankful for. Our picks will be listed at the bottom.

Minnesota is thankful Case Keenum finally figured out how to beat other teams than Tampa Bay. Detroit is thankful the rest of the division has QB problems. The Cowboys are thankful Jerry is distracted by his war on Roger Goodell, while the Chargers are thankful that San Diego is still open for a return. The Giants are thankful Ben McAdoo’s days are numbered, while Washington’s thankful that they had one more year with Kirk Cousins.

Tennessee is thankful Tampa Bay took Winston over Mariota, while the Colts are thankful that Jacoby Brissett isn’t terrible. The Bucs are thankful they locked up Gerald McCoy for another few years (so he can’t leave to find the playoffs elsewhere) while the Falcons are thankful Adrian Clayborn is a late bloomer.

Miami is thankful Jay Cutler won’t be playing this week, while the Patriots are thankful Tom Terrific wants to play until he’s 45. Cleveland is thankful that they have six more shots at avoiding going oh-fer. Cincinnati is thankful the Browns are in their division.

The Bears are thankful for Mitch Trubisky while the Eagles are thankful for Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson. The Panthers are thankful for that defense while the Jets are thankful they already went past their projected win total. The Chiefs are thankful the rest of the AFC West has been disappointing while Buffalo is thankful the Nate Peterman experiment is over.

Seattle is thankful for DangerRuss, while the 49ers are thankful for John Lynch shaking the trees for any kind of talent. The Jags are thankful to be in first place at Thanksgiving, while the Cards are thankful to see Larry Fitzgerald at least one more time. The Saints are thankful they stuck with Sean Payton one more year while the Rams are thankful that Sean McVay is a magician.

Denver is thankful they’ll get a look at Paxton Lynch while Oakland is thankful that this isn’t their first year in Vegas (first impressions are everything).

The Packers are thankful that this lost season may get them a high pick that will allow them to compete for the next few years. The Steelers are thankful that Big Ben decided to come back.

Finally, the Texans are happy they drafted Deshaun Watson (and hope he recovers well), while Baltimore is thankful to still be in playoff contention.

We’re thankful you frequent! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.


Game Derek Evan JC Jon Simon
Thanksgiving Day, 11/23
Minnesota at Detroit MIN MIN MIN DET DET
LA Chargers at Dallas DAL LAC DAL LAC DAL
Thursday Night Football, 11/23
NY Giants at Washington WAS WAS WAS WAS WAS
Sunday, 11/26
Tennessee at Indianapolis TEN TEN TEN TEN TEN
Tampa Bay at Atlanta TB ATL ATL ATL ATL
Miami at New England NE NE NE NE NE
Cleveland at Cincinnati CIN CIN CIN CIN CIN
Chicago at Philadelphia PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI
Carolina at NY Jets CAR CAR CAR NYJ CAR
Buffalo at Kansas City KC KC KC KC KC
Seattle at San Francisco SEA SEA SEA SEA SEA
Jacksonville at Arizona JAX JAX JAX JAX ARI
New Orleans at LA Rams LAR NO LAR LAR LAR
Denver at Oakland OAK OAK OAK OAK OAK
Sunday Night Football, 11/26
Green Bay at Pittsburgh PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT
Monday Night Football 11/27
Houston at Baltimore BAL BAL BAL BAL BAL



J.C. De La Torre

Want to give JC a piece of your mind? E-mail him at JC De La Torre is formerly a columnist/blogger for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers blog site where in 2016, he was nominated as best sportswriter in Tampa Bay by Creative Loafing. Previously, he served as a featured columnist for Bleacher Report on Tampa Bay sports, an editor and featured columnist for SB Nation Tampa Bay covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Gators, wrote for’s Blog Blitz and contributed to Pewter Report, one of the top magazines on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. JC is also a filmmaker, comic writer and rabid Whovian.

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