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Week 12 NFL Schedule: Titans-Texans Square Off In AFC South Match-Up

Tennessee Titans (5-5) @ Houston Texans (4-6), 12 PM CT, CBS
The Line: Texans -6.5
The Experts: Two ESPN experts are taking Tennessee while every other person from CBS, ESPN, and Yahoo are taking Houston.

Houston enters on a four game losing streak while the Titans have lost three in a row. The Texans have lost back-to-back games in heartbreaking fashion while the Titans gave Washington the win with free penalty yards in overtime. The Vince Young injury means rookie Rusty Smith will make his first start. I know the Texans defense is bad, but is it so bad that a sixth-round rookie can carve it up more than Matt Schaub and Arian Foster can carve up the Titans defense? I don't think so.

The Pick: Texans 30, Titans 24

For more on the Texans, check out Battle Red Blog.

Jacksonville Jaguars (6-4) @ New York Giants (6-4), 12 PM CT, CBS
The Line: Giants -7
Expert Picks: CBS has it 3-2 New York, ESPN has it 7-1 New York, and Yahoo goes 2-1 New York

At one point, the Jaguars were declared done while New York was the "hot" team in the NFL. Now? The Jaguars are on a three game winning streak and New York has dropped back-to-back games in the division.

Eli Manning's receiving corps has taken some hits, much to Jacksonville's relief, as Steve Smith and Hakeem Nicks will not be playing in this game. The Jags overcame six turnovers last week to win, but they'll need a flawless effort to overcome one of the better defenses in the league. Jacksonville has faced two top-ten defenses this season and been held to virtually nothing. I think they'll play better but won't overcome the New York defense.

The Pick: Giants 24, Jaguars 16

San Diego Chargers (5-5) @ Indianapolis Colts (6-4)
The Line: Colts -3
Expert Picks: CBS is 3-2 for Indy, Yahoo is 2-1 San Diego, and 5 of ESPN's 8 experts are taking the Colts.

Last week, Peyton Manning lost against MVP candidate Tom Brady. This week, Manning meets another MVP candidate - Phillip Rivers. Rivers is leading San Diego in its usual November run as they have won three straight games. Indianapolis has lost two of its last three while Peyton Manning has had a rough three weeks - five interceptions, two games with a QB rating below 70. That's not a good streak to enter against the NFL's #1 defense.

The main line of thought is that no one beats Indianapolis at home this season. However, the Chargers are 2-1 at Indianapolis since drafting Phillip Rivers. It'll be close, as these games always are (average point differential over the last six SD-IND games is roughly a field goal), but the Charger defense will be the difference in the end.

The Pick: Chargers 31, Colts 27

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