I'm a little late with this post but I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving and enjoyed their Thanksgiving day football. Thanks to TNF the past couple of years we've gotten more than the traditional two games featuring the Cowboys and the Lions facing various opponents. The 8:30 TNF game always feels like a bonus. The bonus for me this week is that my 3 picks for Thursday turned out to be correct.
New England over Detroit: Seemed like a no brainer, but at the end of the first half I was a little in shock, but at that point the family and I headed to our first of three dinners, by the time we got to my aunts house the Patriots had turned the game around full circle. Cha Ching!
New Orleans over Dallas: The Cowboys have seemed renewed since dropping their coach, but the Saints are looking to get back into the Superbowl contender conversation with their starting distraction Reggie Bush back, so the Saints seemed like an easy win for me. But this one came down to the wire. When the family and I were at our 2nd dinner it seemed like the Saints had complete shut down the Cowboys. But once again during our travel time to the 3rd dinner something happened. The game was now close, and this game went to the wire! I would like to thank Roy Williams for helping me to get this pick correct. Maybe she should be carrying the whole teams shoulder pads in practice this week.
New York Jets over Cincy: The Bengals are the largest disappointment of the season to me. The 49ers, Cowboys, and Vikings are also disappointments but neither of those teams have reality shows and "Superhero's" on their team. At the end of the night, this was an easy pick.
Green Bay over Atlanta: Honestly, I'm picking the Packers because my money league fantasy team is headed by Aaron Rodgers. But this game could go either way. I assume it will be a shoot out. Green Bay has the better QB, but ATL has the better running game and better WR. So what will decide this game is the defense, whoever turns the ball over the most will lose.
Pittsburgh over Buffalo: Yeah I've picked the Bills in past weeks, but not against the Steelers. The Steelers are top 3 in the AFC, this will be an easy win for them as long as they don't underestimate the Bills.
Cleveland over Carolina: The Panthers suck. The Browns have actually shown that they can beat teams, plus they are at home.
Jacksonville over New York Giants: This sounds like a stretch but the Jags are at the top of their division that includes the Titans, Colts, and Texans. They are on a natural high right now, and they will look to keep that going against a Giants team on the decline of their season and dealing with several injuries. Peyton can get it done with any WR staff, I'm not sure that Eli can do the same...
Minnesota over Washington: I want to take the Skins at home against a disappointing Vikings team, but I'm going to take the Vikes only because the fired their coach. Not that Chilly was a bad coach and neither was Wade, but I guess making that change lights some fire under whatever team. The Cowboys looked like we thought they would and with a backup QB, I'm looking for the Vikings to come to life as well. This is actually an underdog pick too.
Houston over Tennessee: I just think the Texans offense will take over this game. The Titans looked confused last week, now they have a 3rd string QB running the show. I think the Texans will prove to be the better team in this game.
Oakland over Miami: They both have tough loses last week, but I think the Raiders were expected to lose, Miami didn't seem to be able to do anything last week. This game could go either way, but I'm going with the Raiders, they are just the faster team and I think it will help them in a redemption victory this week. Plus they are at home.
Kansas City over Seattle: The Chiefs are actually a good team both teams are at the top of their division, but as time has shown over the past few years the NFC West is probably the worst division in the NFL. The 2nd worst this year would have to be AFC West, based on team records. I look for KC to destroy the Seahawks in this NFL West Superbowl.
Philly over Chicago: The Bears defense seems to be getting close to being back in form, but I'm going to go with the Eagles. Its hard for me to pick against them going forward this season. This should be a good game and I do think it will be close but the Eagles offense is just so much more explosive than the Bears offense.
Denver over St. Louis: The Rams have been good at home, but bad on the road. The Broncos have a high powered offense, The Rams have an above average offense. The Broncos should have this game put away by half time.
Baltimore over Tampa Bay: Tampa Bay is looking good in the NFC, but the AFC is a different ball game. The Ravens are a top 3 AFC and top 3 NFL team right now. The game might be close at the beginning but once the Ravens get warmed up, I look for them to take complete control of the game.
San Diego over Indy: The Chargers are getting key weapons back, even though they are missing Gates again, they have some other great WRs back in place. The Colts are dealing with too many injuries. I think it will be a close game, but the Chargers will continue their 2nd half of the season run to make the playoffs. I called 31 to 27 in the Chargers favor. The Colts will need a TD to win, and won't get it to end the game.
San Francisco over Arizona: Both teams have the same record, but the Cardinals have lost twice in the division and the 49ers have only lost once. Another issue for the Cardinals is that they have allowed more points against them than the 49ers. The Cardinals will continue their losing streak to 6 games in a row after this Monday. I look for the 49ers to bounce back with their first road win of the season which will move them to 2nd place in the division. I'm calling a score of 21 to 6 in the 49ers favor.