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Sam Farmer's NFL picks for Week 12

The Times' NFL writer examines this week's matchups. Lines according to Glantz-Culver (O/U = over/under). Last week's record: 11-5; season 89-71 (.556). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the handicapped record would have been 10-6; season 78-82 (.488).

November 25, 2010

Jacksonville at N.Y. Giants

Records: 6-4; 6-4.

When: Sunday, 10 a.m.

TV: none. DirecTV: 704.

Line: Giants by 7. O/U: 44.

The Jaguars have won three in a row and could present real problems for the Giants, who won't have injured receiver Hakeem Nicks. Jaguars 23, Giants 17

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Pittsburgh at Buffalo

Records: 7-3; 2-8.

When: Sunday, 10 a.m.

TV: none. DirecTV: 705.

Line: Steelers by 6. O/U: 43.

The Steelers are heading into the softest part of their schedule having put together an impressively complete game in a thrashing of Oakland. Steelers 27, Bills 20

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Tennessee at Houston

Records: 5-5; 4-6.

When: Sunday, 10 a.m.

TV: none. DirecTV: 706.

Line: Texans by 6. O/U: 45.

The Vince Young situation is a distraction, and even Houston's soft pass defense might be able to contain Rusty Smith, the third Tennessee QB in three games. Texans 35, Titans 28

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Minnesota at Washington

Records: 3-7; 5-5.

When: Sunday, 10 a.m.

TV: none. DirecTV: 707.

Line: Redskins by 1. O/U: 43.

With Leslie Frazier at the helm, the Vikings should get the same kind of adrenaline surge that the Cowboys got with Jason Garrett. Vikings 30, Redskins 21

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Green Bay at Atlanta

Records: 7-3; 8-2.

When: Sunday, 10 a.m.

TV: Channel 11. DirecTV: 710.

Line: Falcons by 2. O/U: 47.

The Falcons are very tough at home but too often are settling for field goals in the red zone. The Packers have allowed a league-low 14 touchdowns. Packers 30, Falcons 24

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Carolina at Cleveland

Records: 1-9; 3-7.

When: Sunday, 10 a.m.

TV: none. DirecTV: 709.

Line: Browns by 10. O/U: 37.

If Colt McCoy can't go, Jake Delhomme is ready to play against his old team. Carolina doesn't have the offense for a shootout. Browns 20, Panthers 13

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Kansas City at Seattle

Records: 6-4; 5-5.

When: Sunday, 1 p.m.

TV: none. DirecTV: 712.

Line: Chiefs by 1. O/U: 44.

Even though the Chiefs are 1-4 on the road, Matt Cassel is starting to hit his stride — his passer rating since Week 6 is a gaudy 108.9. Chiefs 17, Seahawks 14

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Miami at Oakland

Records: 5-5; 5-5.

When: Sunday, 1 p.m.

TV: Channel 2. DirecTV: 713.

Line: Off board.

The Dolphins have won four in a row in Oakland, yet these Raiders are different. They're more mature and should rebound strong from Pittsburgh loss. Raiders 35, Dolphins 28

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Philadelphia at Chicago

Records: 7-3; 7-3.

When: Sunday, 1:15 p.m.

TV: Channel 11. DirecTV: 708.

Line: Eagles by 3. O/U: 42.

The Eagles have the speed on the outside to test Chicago's defense, and then there's the stress of trying to stop Michael Vick. Eagles 38, Bears 24

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Tampa Bay at Baltimore

Records: 7-3; 7-3.

When: Sunday, 1:15 p.m.

TV: none. DirecTV: 711.

Line: Ravens by 7. O/U: 41.

This is a prove-it game for the Buccaneers, who are 7-0 against teams with losing records, and 0-3 against teams better than .500. Ravens 20, Buccaneers 17

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St. Louis at Denver

Records: 4-6; 3-7.

When: Sunday, 1:15 p.m.

TV: none. DirecTV: 714.

Line: Broncos by 4. O/U: 44.

The Rams have yet to win on the road this season. Denver has lost four of five and will be coming off a short week. The Rams have more incentive. Rams 27, Broncos 20

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San Diego at Indianapolis

Records: 5-5; 6-4.

When: Sunday, 5:15 p.m.

TV: Channel 4.

Line: Colts by 3. O/U: 51.

The Chargers simply match up well against Indianapolis, plus they're getting back receiver Vincent Jackson and possibly tight end Antonio Gates. Chargers 28, Colts 25

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San Francisco at Arizona

Records: 3-7; 3-7.

When: Monday, 5:30 p.m.

TV: ESPN.

Line: 49ers by 1. O/U: 40.

The 49ers are reshuffling their offensive line after giving up 11 sacks in the last two games. That's not a good sign. Cardinals 17, 49ers 15

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