Thoughts from Hispandrix
GB@DET: The tradition continues with the Lions set to duel it out on Thanksgiving Day. Pop quiz. When’s the last time the Lions actually won a game on Thanksgiving? If you said, 2003 against the Packers 22-14, you win! That’s right, it’ll be just over ten years the last time the Lions won on Turkey Day. Last year ended up being a huge tease for the Lions, as they were beat by the Texans in overtime 34-31. This season, these are definitely different teams.
OAK@DAL: Let’s just start here. The Cowboys are 28-15-1 on Thanksgiving, but would you believe they’re one out of their last three? They lost to the rival Redskins last year 38-31, and then to the Saints 30-27 in 2010. Would you also think that the Cowboys are only 7-5 since 2000 on Thanksgiving? The 2009 thrashing of the Raiders was just what we needed to take a nap, as they were beat 24-7. These Cowboys look like hot garbage one week, and then go to the Giants to get a huge victory. Here’s to the one time per season the Cowboys change-up their uniform, and don’t think the Raiders have enough to win this season.
PIT@BAL: Since 2006, there’s been an extra game added to Thanksgiving, and this year we are in for a real treat. This ‘true’ rivalry features a hard-hitting divisional grudge match between two teams hoping to sneak into the wildcard. These two teams are respectively the #7 & #8 seeds currently in the playoff race, and whoever wins tonight will easily jump the Titans (for the moment). The Steelers won the earlier matchup this season, and last year they ended the Ravens 15 straight home game winning streak, with Charlie Batch. These two are just a few short plays away from having a better record than what’s said. Being that this is in Baltimore, I fully expect the Ravens to be the favored ones here.
JAC@CLE: In the most uninteresting matchup of the day, we get this. Brandon Weeden is back to screw things up, and despite the Jags huge win last week, it still won’t matter. Just give me the Browns because they’re at the Dawg Pound.
TEN@IND: WILL THE REAL COLTS TEAM PLEASE SHOW UP!? Where’s the team that upset the Broncos? Since that win, they struggled to beat the Texans, Titans, and were blown out by the Rams at home, and Cardinals on the road. This will be a true test for the Colts, but being that they have a firm hand on that division, they should win, but if they blow this one, the Titans could end up pulling it away from them.
CHI@MIN: The Vikings are a huge mess, and their quarterback shuffle went back to Christian Ponder last week, and the Vikings ended up with a tie. As far as the Bears, they came off a disappointing loss to the Rams in their backyard, which almost felt like a home game for Da Bears. They narrowly beat the Vikings in Week 2 31-30, and the teams went their separate directions. The Bears defense will be gashed repeatedly by Adrian Peterson this game, but I have to say that the Bears offense won’t be stopped by the Vikings enough to give them a win.
MIA@NYJ: Do the Jets still have an offense? Since their big win against the Saints, they struggled to put up 14 points against the Bills, and then followed that up with 3 points against the Ravens. Geno Smith has looked something horrible, as teams are figuring out that controlling the run game & making Geno beat you is the best way to win games. Ryan Tannehill has been sacked a league leading 44 times this season, but who cares. Their last four games have been decided by a total of 13 points, so honestly I like for them to blow up here, and maybe return to form like that 3-0 team we saw at the beginning of the season.
ARI@PHI: I’m taking the Eagles here because they’ve had a bye week to prepare for the Cardinals. Yes, the Cardinals have been very impressive, but is their 7-4 record marred by a 5-1 record at home? It’s not like the Eagles are the best at home, but they finally broke that streak, so that argument is a moot point. Nick Foles & Lesean McCoy should power the Eagles through a big day.
TB@CAR: There’s hardly anything to suggest that the Bucs, of all teams, would be the team to deny the Panthers of a primetime date with the Saints in Week 14.
NE@HOU: Houston is a sad sight indeed, and just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, they lose to the Jaguars, at home. I’d hint there’s a chance to play spoilers, but that would mean the Texans actually show up to play. Pats.
ATL@BUF: The league’s worst Falcons in Canada against the Bills. How’s aboot a loss?
STL@SF: The Rams on the road against the 49ers doesn’t exactly sound like the easiest of tasks, but we can’t ignore the fact that Jeff Fisher’s club has knocked off the Colts & Bears in the last two games. The 49ers found their groove last week against a horrid Redskins club. So, take that how you think. With the Cardinals nipping at their heels to take them out of the playoff race, I believe we should see the 49ers pull it out.
DEN@KC: I can’t tell you how much the Chiefs are going to miss Justin Houston, and with Tamba Hali stating he will play, we wonder what capacity that happens. The big problem in the first meeting was that Alex Smith and company couldn’t simply produce enough points to keep up with the Broncos attack. They proved everyone wrong last week by scoring 38 points, but lost at home against the Chargers in the final minute. I like the Chiefs to put up a better effort here, and despite the Broncos meltdown last week, they should come out on top.
CIN@SD: This matchup got more interesting with the Chargers win against the Chiefs, as they broke a three game skid. However, I think a well rested Bengals squad is poised to go into San Diego and emerge with a win.
NYG@WSH: Forget the fact it’s a division clash, the Redskins look terrible, and RGIII shouldn’t be playing football. G-Men.