December 6, 2021

Merse’s Thanksgiving NFL Predictions

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It’s Thanksgiving in the NFL! And, to celebrate, Sky Sports’ Paul Merson is in the NFL Predictions hot seat for Week 12, taking on Wycombe Wanderers striker Adebayo Akinfenwa and Richard Graves.

Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher have already flown the flag for Sky Sports Football in Week One of the season, claiming a stunning upset win over former NFL coach Rob Ryan, so can Merse fare any better?

2020 Prediction Results

Sky Sports NFL Sky Sports NFL UK
Week One Rob Ryan 10 Neville/Carragher 11 Liam Plunkett 10
Week Two Jeff Reinebold 15 Warne/Hussain 10 Anya Shrubsole 14
Week Three Neil Reynolds 11 Golf Vodcast crew 10 Thomas Bjørn 7
Week Four Shaun Gayle 8 NBA Heat Check 7 Samantha Quek 8
Week Five Richard Graves 8 Sky Rugby League 8 Oli McBurnie 11
Week Six Rob Ryan 9 Sky Sports Boxing 8 Aaron Cresswell 7
Week Seven Brian Baldinger 10 Caroline Barker 11 Hannah Blundell 8
Week Eight Jeff Reinebold 9 Tamsin Greenway 6 Darren Bent 8
Week Nine Vince Young 11 Rob Key 9 Harry Aikines-Aryeetey 9
Week 10 Neil Reynolds 9 Phoebe Schecter 9 Asmir Begović 7
Week 11 Shaun Gayle 8 Sky Sports Darts 6 Paul Nicholson 6
Total score 108 95 95

Each week, Sky Sports’ NFL experts will take on representatives from the wider Sky Sports family and a guest from NFL UK.

This week, Sky Sports News reporter Richard Graves is flying the flag for table-toppers Team NFL, with Merse and Akinfenwa looking to play catch up for Sky Sports and NFL UK, respectively.

Read on below to to see their picks for Week 12…

Week 12 Predictions

Richard Graves Paul Merson Adebayo Akinfenwa
Thanksgiving Thursday
Texans @ Lions, 5.30pm Texans Texans Texans
Washington @ Cowboys, 9.30pm Cowboys Cowboys Cowboys
Ravens @ Steelers, 1.20am Steelers Ravens Steelers
NFL Sunday on Sky
Titans @ Colts, 6pm Colts Titans Colts
Chiefs @ Buccaneers, 9.25pm Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs
Bears @ Packers, 1.20am Packers Packers Packers
NFL Sunday
Dolphins @ Jets, 6pm Dolphins Dolphins Dolphins
Cardinals @ Patriots Patriots Cardinals Patriots
Panthers @ Vikings Panthers Panthers Vikings
Browns @ Jaguars Browns Browns Browns
Giants @ Bengals Giants Giants Giants
Chargers @ Bills Bills Bills Bills
Raiders @ Falcons Raiders Raiders Raiders
49ers @ Rams, 9.05pm Rams Rams Rams
Saints @ Broncos Broncos Saints Saints
Monday Night Football
Seahawks @ Eagles Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks

Houston Texans @ Detroit Lions

Thanksgiving Thursday, live on Sky Sports NFL, 5.30pm

Deshaun Watson and the Texans roll into Detroit on Thanksgiving Thursday Deshaun Watson and the Texans roll into Detroit on Thanksgiving Thursday

Deshaun Watson and the Texans roll into Detroit on Thanksgiving Thursday

MERSON PICKS: Texans

“I quite like Houston. I just think they have been bang out of luck – at the start of the season they played Kansas City, Baltimore, Pittsburgh in their first three games so, straight away, they were behind the eight ball and they never really recovered.

“But I liked the look of them last week in the win over New England, while Detroit lost to Carolina and did not put up any points on the board! I’m going for Houston, maybe the start of a little run at the end of the season.”

GRAVES PICK: Texans

“I am going to agree with Merse. The Lions are banged up and suffered that humiliating loss last weekend”

AKINFENWA PICK: Texans

Washington Football Team @ Dallas Cowboys

Thanksgiving Thursday, live on Sky Sports NFL, 9.30pm

2:19
Hannah Wilkes, Josh Denzel and former NFL quarterback Vince Young pick out their favourite plays from Week 11 in the NFL

Hannah Wilkes, Josh Denzel and former NFL quarterback Vince Young pick out their favourite plays from Week 11 in the NFL

MERSON PICKS: Cowboys

“I thought the Cowboys beating the Vikings the shock of last weekend, as I thought the Vikings were on a roll and the Dallas defence is shocking. But I am going with them to win again here, back to back.”

GRAVES PICK: Cowboys

“The shocking thing is, whoever wins this game will go to the top of the NFC East rankings with four wins!

“Dallas had a team meeting last weekend, and head coach Mike McCarthy brought out several watermelons, all with the goals for the rest of the season on them – he takes out a sledgehammer – and one by one he started smashing them. It got the whole locker room going and they went on to win in Minnesota.

“I like that energy! I am taking the Cowboys as well.”

AKINFENWA PICK: Cowboys

Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans

Sunday, live on Sky Sports NFL, 6pm

5:38
Highlights of the Colts’ meeting with the Titans from Week 10 of the NFL season

Highlights of the Colts’ meeting with the Titans from Week 10 of the NFL season

MERSON PICKS: Titans

A great result for the Colts last Sunday, especially having been 14 points down against Green Bay – I thought it was goodnight – I did not see them coming back.

“But Tennessee have been outstanding lately, so I am going with the Titans.”

GRAVES PICK: Colts

“A huge AFC South clash! A couple of weeks ago the Titans lost to the Colts, they need this but I think that Colts defence is underrated.

“At home, knowing that with a win they sweep the Titans and will have a big advantage in that division, I am going to back the Colts to do that.”

AKINFENWA PICK: Colts

Kansas City Chiefs @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sunday, live on Sky Sports NFL, 9.25pm

3:53
Relive some of Patrick Mahomes’ best plays for Kansas City as the defending champions beat Las Vegas in Week 11

Relive some of Patrick Mahomes’ best plays for Kansas City as the defending champions beat Las Vegas in Week 11

MERSON PICKS: Chiefs

“What a game! The old master [Tom Brady] against the new master [Patrick Mahomes].

“I have been disappointed with Tampa the last couple of weeks, they have been pretty inconsistent. They got well beaten by the Saints and, personally, I do not think they have still recovered from that.

“And I just do not see how you stop Kansas City – you have got to put 30-odd points up on the board to beat them – and, if they are going to go gung-ho these two teams, I think there is only one winner, the Chiefs.”

GRAVES PICK: Chiefs

“I was all on the Buccaneers bandwagon at the start of the season, but too many times they have slipped up when you would not expect. The Chiefs, meanwhile, have only had one defeat in the last calendar year – I think this is a statement game for them.”

AKINFENWA PICK: Chiefs

Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers

Sunday Night Football, live on Sky Sports NFL, Monday, 1.20am

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers host the Bears on Sunday Night Football in an NFC North divisional clash Aaron Rodgers and the Packers host the Bears on Sunday Night Football in an NFC North divisional clash

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers host the Bears on Sunday Night Football in an NFC North divisional clash

MERSON PICKS: Packers

“The rivalry in this one is massive! I think the Packers bounce back in this one, as the Bears have hit a brick wall.”

GRAVES PICK: Packers

“The Bears have fallen off a cliff and now they have the Packers. With the Saints winning last weekend, the Packers need a win this week with that NFC No 1 seed in mind.”

AKINFENWA PICK: Packers

Seattle Seahawks @ Philadelphia Eagles

Monday Night Football, live on Sky Sports NFL, Tuesday, 1.15am

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has badly struggled during the 2020 season Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has badly struggled during the 2020 season

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has badly struggled during the 2020 season

MERSON PICKS: Seahawks

“I am not his biggest fan, Carson Wentz, at all. I do not see any other result than Seattle winning this game. This is a good Seahawks team I think they have got every chance to go all the way.”

GRAVES PICK: Seahawks

“There is only one winner in this. I think Seattle do a number in Philadelphia.”

AKINFENWA PICK: Seahawks

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