Thursday, November 24, 2011
Sando's best guesses: Week 12 predictions
By Mike Sando
The record stands at a halfway decent 24-11 in picking NFC West outcomes for the 2011 seasons.
Going 2-0 for a second consecutive week will require an underdog winning in Week 12, if one can consider a 9-1 team to be an underdog.
Let's cut right to the predictions. The 49ers play Thursday night. All other games are Sunday:
- San Francisco 49ers at Baltimore Ravens, 8:20 p.m. Earlier in the season, Detroit was the choice to beat the 49ers mostly because convention said San Francisco would lose a road game against a good team in the Eastern time zone. What is conventional about these 49ers? Not much. The 49ers won that game. They've won eight in a row. They've been more consistent than the Ravens. Those following the NFC West this season have seen Baltimore fall behind Arizona 24-6. They've seen the Ravens lose at Seattle. They've seen the 49ers play well just about every week, posting a 4-0 record in Eastern time. Sando's best guess: 49ers 19, Ravens 16.
- Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams, 1 p.m. ET. Cannot pick the Rams. Will not pick the Rams. They have scored 21 second-half points in their last six games, and now they are down to their third-string left tackle. The Cardinals have their own problems, but they have more points in fourth quarters (65) than the Rams have scored in second halves (51). Perhaps the Rams can rise up and atone for their crushing defeat at Arizona three weeks ago. Sando's best guess: Cardinals 17, Rams 13.
- Seattle Seahawks vs. Washington Redskins, 4:05 p.m. ET. Protecting Tarvaris Jackson could be tough for Seattle against Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo. That stands out as the biggest concern for the Seahawks thanks to issues on the right side of their offensive line. Defense and the home crowd should be enough, however. Sando's best guess: Seahawks 16, Redskins 10.
To review, I predicted a 17-13 victory for Seattle over St. Louis last week (24-7 actual score) and a 23-13 victory for San Francisco over Arizona (23-7 actual score).
Will the 49ers make it nine in a row?