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Sam Farmer's NFL picks for Week 12

Sam Farmer's NFL picks for Week 12

The Times’ NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week’s matchups. Lines according to Pregame.com (O/U = over/under). Last week’s record 9-5 (.643); season 100-60 (.625). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 6-7-1(.462); season 74-77-9 (.490).

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Minnesota (8-2) at Detroit (6-4)

Thursday, 9:30 a.m.

Vikings 27, Lions 23

TV: Channel 11.

Line: Vikings by 3. O/U: 45.

Case Keenum has strung together some strong games for the Vikings, and Minnesota’s defense is clicking, especially that pass rush. Detroit doesn’t have an overwhelming home-field...

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