Smooth Jimmy makes his pre-Black Friday picks for Week 12 in the NFL

Grant Halverson

Smooth Jimmy doesn't care if the Steelers are trotting Mike Tomczak out this week, they can beat the Browns with the way their defense is playing.

Lots of Thursday action on this glorious Thanksgiving. Granted, the Lions, Cowboys, Redskins, Patriots and Jets are involved (ugh), knowing a brawl is always possible to break out whenever the Lions play (and sometimes against their opponents) as well as preparing to read another story about Rex Ryan breaking down and crying in front of his team after they gutlessly bash their back-up quarterback to the media always makes for high entertainment.

Houston 27, Detroit 17

It may not even be that close. Rest assured, the Texans aren't happy about having had Chad Henne hang 37 on them last week, and they're going to take it out on Matthew Stafford.

Redskins 24, Cowboys 20

This has all the makings of one of those Cowboys games that all but begs you to reaffirm previous beliefs that they can make the playoffs. They're like carnies working over a balloon darts game on the boardwalk in Atlantic City.

Patriots 45, Jets 20

Smooth Jimmy refuses to pick the Jets ever again.

Steelers 17, Cleveland 10

This defense is on fire right now. Smooth Jimmy apologizes if that gawd-awful Alicia Keys song is now stuck in your head. Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau will mind-screw Brandon Weeden, and the one-dimensional Browns simply won't be able to score except the interception return TD and fumble recovery deep in Steelers' territory (Pittsburgh Steelers Tickets).

Minnesota 24, Chicago 17

The Vikings keep reeling you in, don't they? As Adrian Peterson and Peyton Manning become the first players to ever compete for the MVP, Offensive Player of the Year and Comeback Player of the Year in the same season, the Vikings somehow find a way to stop the razor sharp Jason Campbell (ahem) for a season-saving win.

Cincinnati 28, Oakland 16

Indianapolis 21, Buffalo 13

Denver 31, Kansas City 13

Miami 20, Seattle 17

Tampa Bay 34, Atlanta 27

Smooth Jimmy has yet to believe the Falcons are even the best team in the NFC South, let alone the NFL. Watch the streaking Buccaneers announce their entrance into a suddenly open NFC playoff race.

Jacksonville 20, Tennessee 16

Likely the dumbest pick Smooth Jimmy will make this week. There's just something about the lack of Blaine Gabbert that seems to be taking on an opposite Jimmy Chitwood effect with the Jags. The Hickory Huskers were ok without Chitwood, but turned into a state power with him. The absence of Gabbert could be like that. Sort of like excising a tumor.

Ravens 24, Chargers 21

St. Louis 26, Cardinals 16

New Orleans 30, San Francisco 24

Green Bay 41, Giants 21

Philadelphia 37, Carolina 10

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