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NN Week 12 Predictions Contest: 49ers join the Thanksgiving slate

The 49ers and Seahawks bring the NFC West’s biggest rivalry to Turkey Day.

Geno Smith NFC Wild Card Playoffs - Seattle Seahawks v San Francisco 49ers Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images

The 49ers are back cruising following their bye week, and now look to carry that momentum into a massive divisional game. If the Niners can take down an injury-hampered Seattle Seahawks team on a short week, they will be in the driver’s seat to win the NFC West. A loss, though, will make things much more difficult down the stretch.

Due to our sponsorship with Tallysight, we have to pick every game. But, as usual, we’ll narrow it down to six for you at the bottom. Odds for all the games are available on DraftKings Sportsbook.

Marc’s picks record last year:
Regular season: 154-116-2
Postseason: 12-1

This season:
Week 1: 7-9
Week 2: 9-7
Week 3: 10-6
Week 4: 13-3
Week 5: 10-4
Week 6: 9-6
Week 7: 7-6
Week 8: 9-7
Week 9: 8-6
Week 10: 7-7
Week 11: 8-5
Overall: 97-66

Here are Marc’s picks for this week’s slate of games:

Lions over Packers: Detroit’s rise continues, and the Packers don’t have the offensive firepower to stop it.

Cowboys over Commanders: The underdog odds make me want to lean on the Commanders, but I just don’t trust them enough.

49ers over Seahawks: I’d normally take Seattle at +345 at home, but Geno Smith’s questionable health is just too much uncertainty for me.

Dolphins over Jets: Miami beats mediocre and bad teams. The Jets are mediocre because of incompetent handling of the quarterback position.

Jaguars over Texans: DeMeco Ryans and C.J. Stroud have the Texans on the rise, but I don’t think they are quite at the point where they can top Jacksonville twice in the same season.

Bengals over Steelers: Sometimes you make a pick on Tuesday, look back at it later, and have no idea why you made it.

Titans over Panthers: Will Levis hasn’t been great, but he’s been far more consistent than Bryce Young and does have a better supporting cast.

Saints over Falcons: This is a bet on Derek Carr finding a way onto the field. We’ll see how it plays out.

Bucs over Colts: The odds are overreacting to the 49ers demolition of Tampa Bay last week. The Colts won’t be able to manhandle the Bucs like San Francisco did.

Patriots over Giants: I’ll take Belichick in a battle of two dumpster fires.

Broncos over Browns: Two teams that I’ve struggled to pick accurately all season. I like P.J. Walker and Cleveland’s defense, but I actually think Sean Payton is starting to figure things out in Denver.

Cardinals over Rams: Kyle Murray’s return transforms how to view this game.

Eagles over Bills: This is a sleeper underdog pick to me, but Buffalo hasn’t shown me enough. It would be a pure reputation over substance pick. Sometimes those pay off, but I’m not leaning on it.

Kansas City over Raiders: I mean... easy.

Ravens over Chargers: We need to get Justin Herbert away from the Chargers. Or maybe Jim Harbaugh to Los Angeles.

Vikings over Bears: Justin Fields finally looked great last week, but the rest of the Bears still looked terrible. Give me Josh Dobbs and the better all-around team.

Here are the six games to pick with a bonus seventh since the Niners are playing on Thursday Night Football (reminder to only pick the bonus game if you are not picking the 49ers matchup):

49ers @ Seahawks, 5:20 PM (Thursday)

Jaguars @ Texans, 10:00 AM

Steelers @ Bengals, 10:00 AM

Browns @ Broncos, 1:05 PM

Rams @ Cardinals, 1:05 PM

Ravens @ Chargers, 5:20 PM

Bonus Game: Bills @ Eagles, 1:25 PM