2021 NFL picks, score predictions for Week 12

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NFL picks and score predictions for Week 12 as the 2021 season keeps rolling.

It’s starting to come down to the wire here. There are still seven weeks left before the 2021 NFL season comes to a close, but we’re quickly watching the contenders separate themselves from the pretenders. For now, though, let’s focus on making NFL picks for the upcoming week of action.

As usual, we’ve got you covered with the Week 12 edition of NFL picks and score predictions. Just as in years passed, I’ll never claim to know what the future holds. As it turns out, odds are high at least a few of my picks will be completely wrong. I will, however, make my selections based on research, experience, and careful consideration.

After a miserable Week 10, the results of my picks for Week 11 certainly played out much better —  relatively.  Following Monday night’s matchup, my Week 11 NFL picks had culminated in a 10-5 record. That bumps my overall record on the year to 108-56-1. I’ve had a few hiccups throughout the season, but I’m still pretty happy with the results thus far.

Making NFL picks and predictions for Week 12

Just remember that making picks is not a science. Plenty of research goes into it, but there’s no crystal ball — craziness occurs every Sunday. Then again, isn’t that part of the fun of it all?

Now that we’ve gotten all of that out of the way, here are my NFL picks and score predictions for Week 12. Just keep in mind that I assume no responsibility if you choose to place wagers based on my picks — that’s your decision, not mine.

Week 12 Byes: Arizona Cardinals (9-2), Kansas City Chiefs (7-4) | All point spreads and odds are courtesy of WynnBet.

Detroit Lions (0-9-1) at Chicago Bears (3-7)

Thursday, November 25 12:30PM ET

As if things weren’t already bad enough for the Detroit Lions, they managed to lose their already underwhelming quarterback and replace him with another awful option under center. That won’t do them any favors on Thanksgiving Day against a decent Chicago Bears defense.

More than likely, the Bears defense is going to have a field day against whoever the Lions have at quarterback — it’s looking like Tim Boyle will get the call. Assuming that is the case, it would be wise to pick up the Chicago defense in fantasy.

As for the Bears’ offensive approach, they’ll just be looking to conjure enough points to outscore what will be an abysmal Detroit offense. It’s unclear whether it’ll be Justin Fields (injured his ribs in Week 11) or Andy Dalton starting, but chances are they’ll still prove far more effective for the Bears than Boyle will be for the Lions.

Odds are the Chicago defense gets the job done in this one, and the Bears rely on the running game to drain the clock. This ends up being a low-scoring affair that shows just how rough the bottom half of the NFC North is in 2021.

Prediction: Bears win 17-9 | Spread: Bears (-3.5)