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Packers vs. Vikings Week 12 Game Predictions from AllGreenBayPackers.com

GAME PREDICTIONS
Week 12: Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings
Name Record To-Date This Week’s Pick Score Prediction
Kris Burke 6-4 Green Bay Packers 24-13
As bad as the Packers are right now, the Vikings are worse.  Green Bay gets enough out of Tolzien as Lacy carries the team. The Packers win to stay in the thick of the NFC North race.
“Jersey” Al Bracco 5-5 Green Bay Packers 23-17
Three weeks in a row I’ve picked the Packers without really believing in my pick – trying the reverse psychology method, I suppose. This week, I figured, why change? I’m letting it roll with the Packers. Very scientific, I know…
Adam Czech 8-2 Green Bay Packers 24-20
The Packers might be bad, but not as bad as the Vikings.
Marques Eversoll 7-3 Green Bay Packers 23-17
If the offensive line can keep pressure off Scott Tolzien, he’ll be able to exploit a vulnerable Vikings secondary and put up more than enough points. The first time these teams squared off, Aaron Rodgers threw threw perfect touchdown balls. Tolzien isn’t Rodgers, but I think he’s got a big day in store. I’m saying 250+ yards, two touchdowns and–most importantly–no turnovers.
Thomas Hobbes 5-5 Green Bay Packers 17-10
This is perhaps the most winnable game the Packers have without Rodgers; Adrian Peterson body looks to finally be breaking down and Greg Jennings might not suit up either.  Add to that Ponder is likely still recovering from dislocating his shoulder and this team is maybe as beat up in key spots as the Packers.
Cory Jennerjohn 8-2 Green Bay Packers 23-13
Don’t expect a lot of highlight-reel plays from this one. The Packers only need to corral a hobbled Adrian Peterson (groin) and allow Christian Ponder to fail. Look for the secondary to take chances at the line of scrimmage — which could mean another big game from Tramon Williams. Scott Tolzien must recognize pressure from a stout front four to pick on a very weak Vikings’ secondary.
Jason Perone 7-3 Green Bay Packers 21-10
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Around the NFC North: Week 12

Around the NFC North

Just one game separates the top three teams in the NFC North heading into week 12.

Despite the recent slide that the Green Bay Packers have gone through, they are just one game out of first place in the NFC North at 5-5.  The Packers dropped their third straight this past week to the New York Giants.  It was also Green Bay’s third straight loss to the Giants, including playoffs.

The Minnesota Vikings were no match for the NFC-leading Seattle Seahawks and fell to 2-8.  This week, the Vikings will head to Lambeau Field to round off their season series with the Packers.  For Green Bay, Scott Tolzien has already been named the starting quarterback.  The Vikings have announced that Christian Ponder will get the start for them.

The Detroit Lions were on the losing side of a wet n’ wild one in Pittsburgh as the Steelers thwarted some of Detroit’s trickery to preserve the win.  This week, the Lions host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have won two straight after losing their first eight.

The Chicago Bears weathered the storm and squeaked by the Baltimore Ravens in overtime.  That game was delayed due to weather shortly after kickoff.  The Bears will travel to St. Louis and face the Rams this week.

Chicago Bears (6-4) at St. Louis Rams (4-6)

The Bears get another “battle of the backups” this week as Josh McCown will start the Chicago and face backup Kellen Clemems for the Rams.  McCown will be making his third start of the season and in relief of Jay Cutler, who is now nursing an ankle injury.  McCown is 2-0 in his previous two starts.  Clemens came on at quarterback for the Rams when starter Sam Bradford suffered a season-ending ACL injury last month.

St. Louis is coming off of their bye week and after upsetting the Indianapolis Colts the week prior.  That win snapped a three-game losing streak and was Clemens’ first win as a starter.  Clemens needed only 16 passing attempts and nine completions, two for touchdowns, to defeat the Colts.

Both the Bears and Rams have running backs who have been playing well this season.  St. Louis’ Zac Stacy has three touchdown runs in the last two games.  Chicago’s Matt Forte has averaged just over five yards per carry and has three touchdowns against the Rams in three career matchups.  Forte ranks sixth in overall rushing with 774 yards and nine touchdowns on the year.

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Packers vs. Giants Week 12 Game Predictions from AllGreenBayPackers.com (with Podcast)

GAME PREDICTIONS
Week 12: Green Bay Packers vs. New York Giants
Name Record To-Date This Week’s Pick Score Prediction
Kris Burke 7-3 Green Bay Packers 21-20
The Packers are on a five game winning streak but are wounded.  The Giants are not playing their best ball right now.  I think the game is close for an entire 60 minutes and call me crazy, but I think Mason Crosby (yes THAT Crosby) wins the game on a last second field goal. A Thanksgiving weekend miracle.
“Jersey” Al Bracco 6-4 Green Bay Packers 24-21
My gut is telling me to pick the Giants in this game. They specialize in struggling and then turning it around. Tom Coughlin with more time to prepare (bye week) is always dangerous. But I think the Packers will do just enough to win this game, hopefully without needing Mason Crosby’s help.
Adam Czech 7-3 New York Giants 30-22
The Packers have scrapped their way to a 7-3 record and the lead in the NFC North. It’s going to take more than scrappiness to beat the Giants, and with all the injuries and struggles on the offensive line, I don’t see the Packers winning. It’s been about a month since Aaron Rodgers went nuts and won a game by himself, so  I suppose that could always happen. But I’m sticking with the Giants.
Marques Eversoll 7-3 New York Giants 31-30
Midway through the season, I thought the Packers would lose one more game after the bye. This is that game. I think it will be a close, back-and-forth game all afternoon, but the Giants will come out on top at home. This is a game that could come down to a late field goal–and the Giants currently have the advantage in that department. This is the first time I’m picking against the Packers all season, but hey, let’s hope I’m wrong.
Thomas Hobbes 7-3 Green Bay Packers 24-21
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Packers vs. Lions Week 12 Game Predictions from AllGreenBayPackers.com

GAME PREDICTIONS
Week 12: Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions
Name Record To-Date This Week’s Pick Score Prediction
Kris Burke 10-0 Green Bay Packers 27-24 (OT)
Biggest scare yet for the Packers. Rodgers’ comments after the Bucs game propel him to a big day. Defensive struggles continue against a potent Lions attack.
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“Jersey” Al Bracco 10-0 Green Bay Packers 27-24
I wouldn’t be shocked at all if the Lions ruin the Packers’ turkey day, but at 6-0, I promised myself I wouldn’t pick against them again until they actually lost a game. Packers eke out a win.
Adam Czech 9-1 Green Bay Packers 37-27
I can’t wait to spend my Thanksgiving watching the Packers offense in a dome. If Sitton, Wells and Lang hold up against the inside pass rush, the Packers will be 11-0.
Thomas Hobbes 10-0 Green Bay Packers 38-24
Who’s going to win a shootout? With a short week I can’t imagine either team is going to pull out anything tricky, so its going to be lots of big plays through the air. Back in a warm dome and pissed at his poor performance against the Bucs, Aaron Rodgers dominates.
Zach Kruse 8-2 Green Bay Packers 28-24
Everyone will expect a shootout on Thanksgiving, but I think both defenses are going to play better than most think. This game will ultimately come down to one thing: Turnovers. If the Packers can get Stafford to make some mistakes, they should run their record to 11-0.
Chad Toporski 10-0 Detroit Lions 31-28
The Detroit Lions have been playing with fire this season, burning both other teams with amazing comebacks and themselves with undisciplined emotion. Unfortunately, I think it’s the Packers that get burned this game, though it will propel them to clean up their (few) mistakes and dominate the rest of the season.
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Chad Toporski, a Wisconsin native and current Pittsburgh resident, is a writer for AllGreenBayPackers.com. You can follow Chad on twitter at @ChadToporski

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