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Week 12 NFL Picks: Can Cowboys Advance to 8-3?

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The Blogging The Boys writers pick the outcomes of the Week 12 NFL games.

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You may not have realized this if you're a fan of a team in the NFC East, but the standings in other divisions are pretty close. Through the first 11 weeks, there are 21 teams either in or within one game of a playoff spot.

That means that many teams will be gearing up to make a playoff push down the stretch, including the Dallas Cowboys, who have their eyes on the division title with a wildcard bye as a possible reward.

To do that, they have to get to 8-3 and help the Giants move further up the draft order in the process.

The Cowboys are one of five NFC teams with a .700 or better winning percentage this season. The other four are Arizona (9-1), Detroit (7-3), Green Bay (7-3), and Philadelphia (7-3). Add whichever team lucks into the top spot in the NFC South and you could be looking at the 2014 NFC playoff teams right there. The 49ers and Seahawks (both 6-3) may disagree with this assessment, but nobody will be any wiser until the Week 12 games are in the books.

Here are our picks for Week 12, 2014.

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Dave Dawn Gary Neithan OCC rabble Tom BTB Users Consensus
2014 Record
102-59 99-62 100-61 99-62 107-54 101-60 103-58 107-54 108-53
2014 Percentage .634 .615 .621 .615 .665 .627 .640 .665 .671
Record Week 10
6-8 7-7 8-6 6-8 9-5 8-6 5-9 8-6 7-7

KC (-7) @ OAK Kc_medium Kc_medium Kc_medium Kc_medium Kc_medium Kc_medium Kc_medium KC: 97% Kc_medium
CLE @ ATL (-3) Atl_medium Cle_medium Cle_medium Cle_medium Cle_medium Cle_medium Cle_medium CLE: 68% Cle_medium
TEN @ PHI (-11.5) Phi_medium Phi_medium Phi_medium Phi_medium Phi_medium Phi_medium Phi_medium PHI 82% Phi_medium
DET @ NE (-7) Ne_medium Ne_medium Ne_medium Ne_medium Ne_medium Ne_medium Ne_medium NE: 92% Ne_medium
GB (-9.5) @ MIN Gb_medium Gb_medium Gb_medium Gb_medium Gb_medium Gb_medium Gb_medium GB: 98% Gb_medium
JAC @ IND (-13.5) Ind_medium Ind_medium Ind_medium Ind_medium Ind_medium Ind_medium Ind_medium IND: 98% Ind_medium
CIN @ HOU (-2) Cin_medium Hou_medium Hou_medium Hou_medium Cin_medium Hou_medium Hou_medium HOU: 58% Hou_medium
NYJ @ BUF (-4.5) Buf_medium Buf_medium Buf_medium Buf_medium Buf_medium Buf_medium Buf_medium BUF: 87% Buf_medium
TB @ CHI (-6) Chi_medium Chi_medium Chi_medium Tb_medium Chi_medium Chi_medium Chi_medium CHI: 87% Chi_medium
ARI @ SEA (-6.5) Sea_medium Sea_medium Sea_medium Sea_medium Sea_medium Sea_medium Sea_medium SEA: 76%
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STL @ SD (-6) Sd_medium Sd_medium Sd_medium Stl_medium Sd_medium Sd_medium Stl_medium SD: 71% Sd_medium
MIA @ DEN (-7.5) Den_medium Den_medium Den_medium Den_medium Den_medium Den_medium Den_medium DEN: 98%
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WAS @ SF (8.5) Sf_medium Sf_medium Sf_medium Sf_medium Sf_medium Sf_medium Sf_medium SF: 97% Sf_medium
DAL (-3.5) @ NYG Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium DAL: 99%
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BAL @ NO (-3.5) Bal_medium No_medium No_medium Bal_medium No_medium No_medium Bal_medium NO: 54% No_medium

Don't forget to submit your picks for the BTB Pick 256 Challenge

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Pick 256 is a season-long contest in which BTB members and readers get to pick the straight-up winners for all games each week.

You have until kickoff tonight at 8:25 pm ET to submit your picks, but why wait until the last minute? If you haven't yet submitted your picks, now would be a good time. Here's the link to the entry form.

If the link above doesn't work for whatever reason, use the following alternative, which does not autopopulate your BTB user name into the entry form.

Alternative Pick 256 Entry Form

Good luck.