What are you thankful for this time of year?
We’re thankful for Justin Forsett and another winning week in Week 12. 8-7 for the week, thanks in part to the Ravens on Monday night, moves us to 88-85-2 on the season.
Throughout this year, we’ve been pretty bad on Thursday night and it has led to us playing from behind most weeks. This Thursday is different because we will all be stuffing our faces with turkey, stuffing, adult beverages and mingling with family or friends throughout the day.
There are three divisional games on the slate for Thursday. Let’s get out in front this week and have a big week.
Chicago at Detroit (-7)
The Bears have won two straight games at home against non-playoff teams in Minnesota and Tampa Bay, while Detroit has lost two road games in the last two weeks to Arizona and New England. Over their last five Thanksgiving games, Detroit is 1-4, beating Matt Flynn and the Green Bay Packers in blowout fashion last year. This is a “get right” game for Detroit, as their offense hasn’t scored a touchdown in eight quarters. The perfect remedy for struggling offense? The Chicago Bears defense.
THE PICK: Lions (-7)
Philadelphia at Dallas (-3)
Tony Romo may be playing the best football of his career … and he’s hurt. This game is for first place in the NFC East and we’d rather back Romo over Mark Sanchez. We’ve said all year that the Cowboys are better to back on the road, as Jerry’s World doesn’t pose the league’s best home field advantage. These teams are both playing exceptional football and looks like a season split. Dallas takes this one.
THE PICK: Cowboys (-3)
Seattle at San Francisco (-1)
This game is typically for first place in the division or first seed in the NFC the last few years? This week it’s for inside track to the playoffs, while the loser is in danger of missing the playoffs with a month to go. San Francisco has won three straight but not one win was against a team with more than four Ws. Seattle is fresh off a drumming of Arizona and the press conference of Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin that caught the nation by storm should loosen this Seattle team. San Francisco has been struggling on offense the last two weeks against New York and Washington.
THE PICK: Seahawks (+1)
Washington at Indianapolis (-9.5)
Colt McCoy was named the starter for this one as Jay Gruden has decided to bench Robert Griffin III. Indianapolis bounced back off their embarrassing home loss to New England by trouncing the Jacksonville Jaguars, a hapless professional football team. The last time McCoy started, he lit a fire under Washington and they stole a game in Dallas. He’s simply a better decision maker and frankly it appears his teammates play harder for him.
THE PICK: Redskins (+9.5)
Tennessee at Houston (-6.5)
The Texans turn back to Ryan Fitzpatrick for this one as Ryan Mallett tore his pectoral and is out for the season. In Houston’s five wins they’ve won every game by six points or more. They’ll have to lean on their defense and running game to put away Tennessee who has two wins and is in full-on golf mode. Houston defends their home field and covers.