It’s Thanksgiving week in the NFL with three important games to played on Turkey day. With 5 of 6 teams in the playoff hunt, we should be treated to an entertaining day of NFL football on Thursday. Enjoy the games, and Happy Thanksgiving from DashBurst.
Thanksgiving Day Games
Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions (-6)
Matchup:The Packers and Lions kickoff a big Thanksgiving day of football. The Packers are off a tie at home against the Minnesota Vikings. They showed some signs of life for the first time since quarterback Aaron Rodgers went down with the collarbone injury. Rodgers returned to practice this week, but look for Matt Flynn to get the start. The inconsistent Lions dropped their second consecutive contest at home against the upstart Buccaneers last week. The Packers have the short week, are traveling, and played five quarters Sunday. The Lions will put up points in this one, just a matter of the Packers can keep pace.
Steve’s Pick: Lions 34 Packers 23
Dan’s Pick: Lions 30 Packers 23
Matt’s Pick: Lions 27 Packers 20
Oakland Raiders at Dallas Cowboys (-9.5)
Matchup:The Cowboys are off the huge win against the Giants and are tied for first with Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East. The Raiders are 4-7 and one wonders how motivated they’ll be to play on the road on Thanksgiving day. A lot of points to lay here, but the Cowboys have the offensive firepower to put up a ton of points here.
Steve’s Pick: Cowboys 31 Raiders 16
Dan’s Pick: Cowboys 27 Raiders 16
Matt’s Pick: Cowboys 26 Raiders 13
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens (-3)
Matchup:These two AFC North rivals have played it close for the last five years. In the last 11 contests 9 games have been decided by exactly 3 points, including the game earlier this year in Pittsburgh. Both teams are 5-6 and 2 games back of Cincinnati. The Steelers have won 3 in a row, but this is a tough spot for them. They were on the road last week in Cleveland, and now travel to Baltimore on a short week. Both trips were close, but traveling with this frequency late in the season can take its toll.
Steve’s Pick: Ravens 23 Steelers 16
Dan’s Pick: Ravens 24 Steelers 17
Matt’s Pick: Steelers 23 Ravens 20
Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts (-4)
Matchup:The Indianapolis Colts were blown out for the 2nd time in 3 games as went down to Arizona 40-11 last week. These teams met two weeks back in Tennessee with the Colts edging the Titans in 30-27. Tennessee is one of many teams in the NFL that are in the “must win” zone. The Colts definitely miss veteran team leader Reggie Wayne who was lost for the season in the Broncos game.
Steve’s Pick: Colts 27 Titans 24
Dan’s Pick: Colts 27 Titans 20
Matt’s Pick: Colts 27 Titans 19
Jacksonville Jaguars at Cleveland Browns (-7)
Matchup:This will be a tough one on the eyes. The upstart Jaguars have now 2 of the last 3 after the ugly start to the season. Cleveland has not been competitive in the last two games, losing by 16 and 21. Quarterback Brandon Weeden returns as starting quarterback replacing Jason Campbell who sustained a concussion last week. Snow is in forecast Sunday.
Steve’s Pick: Browns 24 Jaguars 20
Dan’s Pick: Browns 21 Jaguars 20
Matt’s Pick: Jaguars 21 Browns 20
Tampa Bay at Carolina Panthers (-9)
Matchup:The Carolina Panthers have now won 7 in a row. The Panthers showed their maturity last week in Miami. It was bad spot for them off the bit Patriot win Monday night, but they hung tough with the Dolphins and escaped with the 20-16. They face a very hot Tampa team that has now won 3 in a row after the 0-8 start. The Bucs are playing with a lot of confidence right now, and will be up for this one in Carolina. Keep in mind the Panthers travel to New Orleans next week to face the division leading Saints.
Steve’s Pick: Panthers 24 Bucs 23
Dan’s Pick: Panthers 24 Bucs 17
Matt’s Pick: Panthers 30 Bucs 23
Chicago Bears (-1) at Minnesota Vikings
Matchup:The Bears are 6-5 and fighting for a playoff spot. Although 2-8-1, the Vikings are still fighting hard based on their performance on the road in Green Bay last week. It’s a game they should have won, but they played hard for 75 minutes.
Steve’s Pick: Bears 33 Vikings 20
Dan’s Pick: Bears 23 Vikings 20
Matt’s Pick: Bears 24 Vikings 21
Arizona Cardinals at Philadelphia Eagles (-3.5)
Matchup:Two hot teams meet in Philadelphia. The Eagles, led by quarterback Nick Foles, have won 3 in a row and are tied with Dallas in the NFC East. The Arizona Cardinals have won 4 in a row, led by quarterback Carson Palmer who has revived his career in Arizona. The Eagles are off a bye, while the Cardinals routed the Colts in Phoenix last week.
Steve’s Pick: Eagles 23 Cardinals 20
Dan’s Pick: Eagles 27 Cardinals 24
Matt’s Pick: Cardinals 28 Eagles 26
New England Patriots (7.5) at Houston Texans
Matchup:The Texans lost to the Jaguars at home last week. That’s how bad this season has been. Houston has now lost 9 in a row. The Patriots are off the dramatic comeback win against the Broncos. They fell behind 24-0, but came all the back and won 34-31. This would be a bad spot for just about any team, but Belichick will have the Pats ready. Hard to back Houston in any game the remainder of the season.
Steve’s Pick: Patriots 31 Texans 13
Dan’s Pick: Patriots 33 Texans 24
Matt’s Pick: Patriots 41 Texans 20
Miami Dolphins at New York Jets (-2)
Matchup:Two 5-6 teams that must win out for any shot of the playoffs. The Dolphins outplayed Carolina last week, but didn’t finish them off. The Jets have lost 2 in a row, and just don’t seem ready at all for some games. Both teams have disappointed their fans this year.
Steve’s Pick: Dolphins 24 NY Jets 17
Dan’s Pick: NY Jets 24 Dolphins 21
Matt’s Pick: Dolphins 23 NY Jets 17
Sunday 4:05 PM
Atlanta Falcons at Buffalo Bills (3.5)
Matchup:Amazing how hard the Falcons have fallen this year. The Falcons have now lost 5 in a row and find themselves at 2-9. The Bills are only 4-7 on the year, but they give maximum effort each game. They are off a bye, so should be rested and energized for the 4:00 start in northern New York. Falcons can’t be motivated to play in 30 degree weather at this stage.
Steve’s Pick: Bills 33 Falcons 17
Dan’s Pick: Bills 34 Falcons 30
Matt’s Pick: Bills 18 Falcons 12
St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers (-9.5)
Matchup:These teams met last year in Foxboro with the Patriots coming away with the win 31-21. The Broncos are the cream of the crop in the AFC, and will have revenge on their minds. The 49ers cruised Monday night against the Redskins. They may look past the Rams as they welcome the division leading Seattle Seahawks next week.
Steve’s Pick: 49ers 37 Rams 23
Dan’s Pick: 49ers 33 Rams 26
Matt’s Pick: Rams 30 49ers 27
Sunday 4:25 PM
Denver Broncos (-4) at Kansas City Chiefs
Matchup:Here they are again. These two teams met two weeks ago when the Broncos handled the Chiefs 27-17. Both teams had disappointing weeks last Sunday. The Broncos blew the big lead against the Pats, and the Chiefs gave up their lead late in a loss at home to the Chargers. Have to wonder about the Chiefs mental state and confidence level after two losses in a row. The Broncos are more apt and experienced to bounce back.
Steve’s Pick: Broncos 31 Chiefs 20
Dan’s Pick: Broncos 30 Chiefs 23
Matt’s Pick: Broncos 37 Chiefs 31
Cincinnati Bengals at San Diego Chargers (-1)
Matchup:The San Diego Chargers return home after the 41-38 thrilling victory in KC. They are a 5-6 team that plays tough every week. The Bengals are 7-4 and lead the NFC North. They are off a bye and should be ready for a strong stretch run.
Steve’s Pick: Bengals 33 Chargers 26
Dan’s Pick: Bengals 30 Chargers 27
Matt’s Pick: Chargers 27 Bengals 23
New York Giants (-2) at Washington Redskins
Matchup:Both these teams are done. The Giants had won 4 in row before the devastating loss to the Cowboys last Sunday. They could be really flat here as their fate was determined last Sunday. The Redskins and the RG3 drama all year has resulted in a 3-8 season. When in doubt, take the points.
Steve’s Pick: Redskins 23 Giants 17
Dan’s Pick: Redskins 27 Giants 24
Matt’s Pick: Giants 20 Redskins 14
Monday 8:40 PM
New Orleans at Seattle Seahawks (-6)
Matchup:This is the game of the week. The 9-2 New Orleans Saints meet the 10-1 Seattle Seahawks in a game that will likely determine home field advantage throughout the playoffs in the NFC. While the Seahawks have been dominate at home over the last few years, this is a lot of points to lay against a very tough Saints team. The Seahawks had their bye last week, while the Saints played last Thursday. This should be a dandy.
Steve’s Pick: Seahawks 30 Saints 29
Dan’s Pick: Seahawks 34 Saints 31
Matt’s Pick: Seahawks 25 Saints 20
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