Big Al Jerkens picks his winners for Week 13 of 2012 NFL action

Must have had the turkey put me to sleep for this week's picks. Pathetic effort on my part.

Honestly, I couldn't tell you what my record was. I threw away my sheet midway through Sunday's games. But suffice to say it was .500 or worse.

Instead I look forward.

New Orleans at Atlanta - Saints have been down, up and about to go down again. Time for them to run out of gas. Atlanta hanging on by a thread atop the NFC mountain. Expect a close encounter here. Atlanta wins 45-42.

Jacksonville at Buffalo -  I wouldn't give my worst enemy tickets to this one. Bills coach Chan Gailey needs this win. In fact, his job may depend on it. Buffalo wins with snow falling in the 4th quarter, 17-13.

Seattle at Chicago - Cutler at his ornery self, and that's a good thing. The Bears are starting to get it back again, after a mid-season sloth. They'll take care of business in this one before going into hibernation for the playoffs. Bears 17-10.

Indy at Detroit - Great story out if Indy with cheerleaders going bald in support of head coach Chuck Pagano and his battle with cancer. I am rooting for the Colts the rest of the way. Indy wins 34-31 to move to 8-4.

Minnesota at Green Bay - The Packers were just embarrassed by my Giants. Weather could be a factor here. So could that Aaron Rodgers guy. Green Bay 38-10.

Houston at Tennessee - Texans continue to impress, remain No. 1 in the AP Pro 32 poll for a third straight week. Add a Tennessee team that just ousted its offensive coordinator and another win seems likely for Houston. Texans win close, 27-20.

Carolina at KC - Will the agony ever go away in KC? Playing for that first overall pick, but Carolina may keep it close. Panthers 16-14.

San Francisco at St. Louis - My upset special of the week. The 49ers were lucky to get a tie against St. Louis last time, and now they can't decide on their quarterback. Rams win ugly, but win they do, 26-24.

New England at Miami - Another upset special. The Pats just killed the Jets and have been laughing and chuckling about it ever since, probably even thinking about their plans for the post-game in South Beach. Look for Miami to expand on the great comeback victory of last week. I'm telling you, Dolphins are not that bad. Miami 27-23.

Arizona at Jets - Another yawner. Now that Fireman Ed has left the team, who is going to chant J-E-T-S Jets, Jets, Jets? Maybe Tim Tebow, he doesn't have anything better to do. New York wins this one at home to keep the Cardinal's losing streak alive. Jets, 10-6.

Tampa Bay at Denver - Florida team going ino mile-high temps. Forget about it. Peyton and his Broncos win with ease, 33-13.

Cincy at San Diego - Now that coach Norv Turner has pretty much clinched his firing, I think the Chargers may start playing better. San Diego 23-20.

Cleveland at Oakland - Almost went Browns, but Weeden's out with a concussion. Raiders win their final game of the season, 25-12.

Pittsburgh at Baltimore - Steelers can't seem to win without Big Ben. Charlie Batch threw a batch of bad passes last week. Ravens need to put it all together to get ready for playoffs. Ravens are victorious 26-17.

NY Giants at Washington - Giants looked great last week versus Green Bay, so look for a sub-par effort in Washington. Still Washington is starting to get a little cocky, which should bode well for the G-Men. Giants hang on at the end, 37-33.

Philly at Dallas - If Cowboys lose this game, every single member of the Dallas organization needs to be fired. EVERYBODY! Just start over. Cowboys 34-13.

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