Week 12 NFL Predictions

Boxscores and stats from every upcoming game
By Paul Bessire, WhatIfSports.com
November 18th, 2008

Each Tuesday morning, we will preview every NFL game of the upcoming week. All of our NFL content, including our most recent power rankings and weekly fantasy projections, is located here. If you want to take WhatIfSports weekly college football and/or NFL picks with you (to your MySpace, Facebook or personal homepage), please see the widget below on the right or at this page.

The inputs to the 10,001 simulations of each upcoming game are based on a rigorous analysis of each team that considers strength-of-schedule-adjusted team and player ratings and then makes modifications for injuries and depth at each position.

Game of the Week: #5 Jets 16 @ #2 Titans 23
Looking to remain undefeated, the Tennessee Titans should get a strong challenge from a well-balanced New York Jets squad. In fact, had we projected this game a couple of weeks ago, the Jets may have been favored. New York has one of the best rushing defenses in the NFL, allowing just 3.4 yards per carry, but the Jets are exploitable through the air. Until Kerry Collins proved he could still win games through the air over the last two weeks that would have meant good news for a Jets team that hopes neutralize Chris Johnson and LenDale White. In those last two games, Collins has thrown five touchdowns to one interception and completed 67.2% of his passes for 8.1 yards-per-pass. It may not end up being the 400 yards that Matt Cassel had last week in a loss, but Collins can and will likely exploit the Jets en route to another victory. The Titans are playing at home and just a little bit better than the Jets in most relevant facets of the game. Tennessee triumphs 64.7% of the time and by an average score of 23-16. And for those wondering, we are giving the Titans a 28.6% chance of finishing the regular season undefeated. Overall, our projections are very interesting this week. Despite several marquee games like NYG @ Arizona, Indianapolis @ San Diego, Carolina @ Atlanta, Philadelphia @ Baltimore, Green Bay @ New Orleans, New England @ Miami and this game featuring two top five teams, we are also predicting our highest winning percentage - 92.7% for Tampa Bay @ Detroit - and our lowest team output - 9 points by the Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh - of the season. The disparity between those seven spotlight games and the other nine is enormous. Enjoy the NFL weekend - or at least about half of it.

Click on the Boxscores below to see detailed team and player stat projections for every game.

Week 12 Scores for Every NFL Game

MatchupHome Win%Avg Score
San Francisco @ Dallas82.115-29Boxscore
Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh78.69-20Boxscore
Oakland @ Denver76.619-30Boxscore
New York Jets @ Tennessee64.716-23Boxscore
New England @ Miami63.819-25Boxscore
Philadelphia @ Baltimore56.414-17Boxscore
Houston @ Cleveland54.723-27Boxscore
Indianapolis @ San Diego51.822-25Boxscore
New York Giants @ Arizona42.225-24Boxscore
Green Bay @ New Orleans34.326-22Boxscore
Buffalo @ Kansas City3124-20Boxscore
Carolina @ Atlanta29.526-21Boxscore
Minnesota @ Jacksonville24.724-17Boxscore
Washington @ Seattle1727-17Boxscore
Chicago @ St. Louis10.330-15Boxscore
Tampa Bay @ Detroit7.733-16Boxscore

Paul Bessire is the Senior Quantitative Analyst and Content Manager for WhatIfSports.com and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. With any comments, questions or topic suggestions, Paul can be reached at BtB@whatifsports.com. Thanks!

Gridiron Dynasty

Coach, recruit, and run your own college football program.

Every DIA, DIAA, DII, & DIII College Awaits

Hoops Dynasty

Coach, recruit, and run your own college basketball program.

Every DI, DII & DIII College Awaits

SimLeague Baseball

Compete in a full season with your dream team from MLB past and present. Lineups, player settings, trades, prizes, and more.

Try It For Free

What is WhatIfSports?

WhatIfSports.com is a sports simulation and online gaming site providing free content and unique games for the MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, NCAA sports and more.

Join WhatIfSports.com today to get these members only benefits:

  • Create your own Dream Team
  • Save your favorite SimMatchup results
  • Play a FREE SimLeague trial season
  • Start playing a Dynasty game
  • Manage baseball games LIVE
  • Access to SiteMail
  • Post in our Forums
  • Build a Buddy list to easily invite friends
  • Use our online Customer Service
  • Earn game credits by using our Referral & Affiliate program

New Terms of Use Customer Support New Privacy Statement Advertising Choices

© 1999-2018 WhatIfSports.com, Inc. All rights reserved. Use of this website (including any and all parts and components) constitutes your acceptance of these Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. WhatIfSports is a trademark of WhatIfSports.com, Inc. SimLeague, SimMatchup and iSimNow are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts, Inc. Used under license. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.