After the New Orleans Saints rallied to beat Washington in overtime on Sunday, cornerback Josh Norman (24) wasn’t nearly the only one disappointed. Toni L. Sandys The Washington Post
After the New Orleans Saints rallied to beat Washington in overtime on Sunday, cornerback Josh Norman (24) wasn’t nearly the only one disappointed. Toni L. Sandys The Washington Post

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Week 12 NFL picks: What to do after Saints were both thrilling and disappointing

By Tom Sorensen

Correspondent

November 23, 2017 09:14 AM

I’d picked three straight Locks of the Week. I finally hit on a method that worked. I identified a good team and picked it to cover against a bad or average one. And then came New Orleans. Last week I picked the New Orleans Saints (minus-7 1/2) to cover. They failed. So:

Last Week: 10-4

Season: 98-62

Lock: Lost.

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Season: 5-6.

I’ve yet to lose picking the Cleveland Browns to lose. I picked against them every week. But picking the Browns to lose requires no more insight than tying the laces on your shoes. Also, I want them to win. So I withdraw from the Cleveland sweepstakes.

This week’s picks, with the home team in CAPS:

Minnesota 6 over DETROIT

DALLAS 2 over Los Angeles Chargers

WASHINGTON 7 over New York Giants

KANSAS CITY 8 over Buffalo

Carolina 5 over NEW YORK JETS

CINCINNATI 9 over Cleveland

NEW ENGLAND 16 over Miami

Tennessee 2 over INDIANAPOLIS

OAKLAND 9 over Denver

Jacksonville 3 over ARIZONA

LOS ANGELES RAMS 1 over New Orleans

PITTSBURGH 11 over Green Bay

ATLANTA 8 over Tampa Bay

Seattle 6 over SAN FRANCISCO

BALTIMORE 4 over Houston

Lock of the Week: PHILADELPHIA (minus-13½) over Chicago

Tom Sorensen is a retired Charlotte Observer columnist. Sign up for his newsletter, and follow him on Twitter: @tomsorensen

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