Previewing Thanksgiving Day Games


Ah Thanksgiving, turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, everything you can think of, and to top it all off, 3 games of NFL football will be coming on today.  All of which contain playoff implications down the road, let’s take a look at the six teams playing today shall we?

Green Bay Packers (10-0) @ Detroit Lions(7-3)

Think back to 3 years ago, the Lions were on their way to 0-16 and the team that put the nail in the coffin is the team they’ll be facing today.  Green Bay rolls into Detroit on Thanksgiving looking to improve to 11-0, but this time, the Lions aren’t the same lowly Lions, and despite their recent struggles they’re still 7-3 and have an outside shot at the NFC North.  Stafford looked better during the last 3 quarters of last week’s game, after throwing two picks to start off, he finished 28/36 for 335 yards, 5 TDs and 2 INTs.  Rodgers has started hot every game, completing 80% of his 1st quarter passes for 776 yards, and 8 TDs, he has a 1st quarter QB Rating of 141.4, his highest in any quarter.  Something that should be noted as well, all 4 of Rodgers INTs this season have come in the 4th quarter, meaning that if the Lions can keep it close early, they can stay in the game late and maybe force Rodgers into a turnover or two.

Picks:

GB – Daniel, Chris;

DET – Ryan, Roy Wood Jr.

Miami Dolphins (3-7) at Dallas Cowboys (6-4)

In the second Turkey Day matchup, Miami will head to Jerry World to face Dallas in a game that may be closer than many people believe.  The Dolphins have won three straight with QB Matt Moore after starting off 0-7.  Moore himself has been two different extremes this season, when he’s hot, he’s hot, in wins, 51/72 613 yards, 6 TDs, 1 INT, but in his losses, 61/115 706 yards, one TD, 4 INTs.  The Dolphins have done very well on the ground as of late, but the most impressive part of their season is that they are 7th against the run, which could provide a challenge for Young Anthony Romo and his tailback DeMarco Murray.  Murray is averaging an outstanding 6 yards a carry, and has provided an additional 136 in the air.  If the ground battle becomes deadlocked, Romo isn’t going to be seeing much opposition in the air.  The Dolphins have only allowed more than 250 yards in the air 5 times (one of those being a 253-yd performance by Cassel) and are 4TH in total points allowed, with only 17 TDs allowed (14 air, 3 ground). Romo and company need to know that running Miami out of town will be no easy task.

Picks:

MIA – Ryan, Daniel, Roy Wood Jr.

DAL –  Chris

San Francisco 49ers (9-1) @ Baltimore Ravens (7-3)

In the 1st ever NFL meeting between two brother as head coaches, this header has overshadowed the fact that this is going to be a knock-down, drag out fight.  While the Ravens play-calling has been suspect at best, their defense is still one of the best in the league, they’ll be facing a 49ers team that is built the exact same way with somewhat of a lesser QB.  The Niners have won 8 straight behind Jim Harbaugh and QB Alex Smith, who’s only thrown 4 INTs this season as opposed to 4 in one game.  He’s been renewed and repackaged as a guy who won’t lose the game, and may even pull out a win if it’s close enough in the end.  SF’s top-ranked rushing defense will probably be able to contain Ray Rice and a Ravens offense that has only managed 99 ypg on the ground, the real question is which Flacco will show up? Flacco struggled in October but has since rebounded and is back to his September numbers with a better completion percentage now (59 compared to 54).

SF – Ryan, Daniel

BAL – Roy Wood Jr., Chris

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