Referee Al Riveron oversees the action between the Denver Broncos and the Indianapolis Colts at INVESCO Field at Mile High on September 26 2010 in Denver Colorado. The Colts defeated the Broncos 27-13. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
After a fine week 10, our week 11 picks were pretty poor. No matter. We're cranking up the random number generators again for week 12.
Last week, we were able to crow about SB Nation Chicago's Week 10 random number picks -- we went 8-6 to go 21-19 overall since these picks began in Week 8.
This week? Not so much. The random number generators apparently decided to take the holiday off before it even started, coming in with a 6-10 mark and making our overall record 27-29, still not terrible; maybe it was the pressure of picking a full slate of games for the first time. Nothing was even really close; about the best we did was coming close to the margin of victory in the Cardinals/Chiefs game (prediction: 40-28, actual: 31-13).
Nevertheless, we persevere. As a reminder, here's how it works: I use random.org's list generator and its true random number generator to sort the teams playing in a random order, then generate random numbers to match with each team name as a score prediction. I have adjusted the number range to be 0-49. 44 is the highest number of points scored by anyone this year except for 59 now scored twice; by the Raiders a few weeks ago and the Eagles last week. Putting the range up to 59 would probably result in too many 50+ scores, so I'm limiting it to 49, seven touchdowns.
This week's caveat: I had to throw out the number "5", which came up several times, and is a very rare (read: almost never) football score. Remember also, we're not picking point spreads, just wins and losses.
That's a little too much ado. Without any further ... well, you know ... here are SB Nation Chicago's Random Number NFL Picks for Week 12:
The Bears? Well... their defense is going to have to hold Michael Vick down. Let's hope that one is wrong. As always, this is just for fun; SB Nation Chicago is not responsible for any real money you might lose from any legal wagers on these games.