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Here are this week’s picks from Athlon Sports senior editor John Gworek:

Thursday’s Game

Green Bay at Detroit

Detroit has won three in a row, including the first meeting between these teams on Nov. 15. Green Bay has lost four of five. Can both trends continue?

Gworek's Pick: Green Bay, 23–17.

Sunday’s Games

N.Y. Jets at N.Y. Giants

The Jets need every win they can get in the AFC Wild Card race. The Giants have lost two in a row and still have games against the Panthers and Vikings coming up.

Gworek's Pick: N.Y. Giants, 21–20.

Arizona at St. Louis

When November started, the Rams looked like they might challenge the Cards in the NFC West. Now they’ve lost four straight, and Arizona has won five in a row.

Gworek's Pick: Arizona, 30–14.

Atlanta at Tampa Bay

The Falcons have turned it over 19 times in their last seven games. Bucs rookie QB Jameis Winston has been better on the road (11 TDs, 2 INTs) than at home (5 TDs, 8 INTs).

Gworek's Pick: Tampa Bay, 24–20.

Houston at Buffalo

The Bills need this win to get back into the AFC Wild Card mix. The Texans need it to stay there, especially with a visit from New England looming next week.

Gworek's Pick: Buffalo, 16–14.

Seattle at Minnesota

These are the NFL’s top two rushing offenses. The Seahawks rank fifth against the run and allow just 3.8 yards per carry. The Vikings rank 20th and allow 4.3 yards per carry. Advantage, Seattle.

Gworek's Pick: Seattle, 27–19.

Baltimore at Miami

Miami has lost four of five and hasn’t scored more than 20 points in any of those games. Baltimore has won three of four but beat the Browns on Monday night thanks to two return touchdowns.

Gworek's Pick: Miami, 21–13.

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Cincinnati at Cleveland

Austin Davis shined Monday night for the Browns after Josh McCown got hurt. Cincinnati has scored 31 points in three of its last four games, including Nov. 5 vs. the Browns.

Gworek's Pick: Cincinnati, 34–20.

Jacksonville at Tennessee

No quarterback has more completions for 20 yards or more than Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles. Tennessee hasn’t won a game in regulation since the season opener.

Gworek's Pick: Jacksonville, 24–21.

San Francisco at Chicago

The Bears have won three of four and will be well-rested after beating Green Bay on Thanksgiving. The 49ers haven’t scored more than 17 points since Oct. 18.

Gworek's Pick: Chicago, 23–14.

Denver at San Diego

The Chargers won in Jacksonville to snap a six-game losing streak. Denver is averaging 174.5 yards rushing in Brock Osweiler’s two starts after averaging just 86 in Peyton Manning’s starts.

Gworek's Pick: Denver, 27–23.

Kansas City at Oakland

Kansas City has won five in a row, while Oakland stopped a three-game losing skid last week. These teams play twice in the final five weeks.

Gworek's Pick: Oakland, 21–20.

Carolina at New Orleans

The Panthers had their best offensive day of the season (431 yards) when these teams met in September. Sadly for the Saints, that’s not much more than they allow on an average Sunday (418.6).

Gworek's Pick: Panthers, 30–21.

Philadelphia at New England

The Eagles have given up 45 points in consecutive games and looked lost on Thanksgiving against the Lions. Injuries are piling up for the Patriots, but it’s hard to feel sorry for them as long as Tom Brady is healthy.

Gworek's Pick: New England, 27–13.

Indianapolis at Pittsburgh

Matt Hasselbeck has saved the Colts’ season, going 4–0 as a starter. Ben Roethlisberger left last week’s loss in Seattle with a headache but will play if he can pass concussion protocol tests.

Gworek's Pick: Pittsburgh, 27–24.

Monday’s Game

Dallas at Washington

The Redskins are tied atop the division with the Giants after beating them on Sunday. Facing Dallas twice down the stretch with Tony Romo out for the season is a nice break.

Gworek's Pick: Washington, 17–13.

Week 12 Record: 10–6

Overall Record: 103–73