Thanksgiving is finally here and with that means we have one of my favorite days of the year. What’s better than getting to spend time with family, eating great food and watching football all day? I’m just going to post my predictions for the Thanksgiving games for now and will post predictions for the other games later this week.
Packers 24 Lions(-5.5) 28: We have officially moved out of the “why are we watching the Lions every Thanksgiving?” era but instead entered the stage where the Lions actually have expectations and have had trouble meeting them. For every impressive win (both wins against the Bears) they will have at least one game they clearly should have won (the Buccaneers at home this past weekend). With Aaron Rodgers out, the Lions should be in good shape at home this week. However there’s always a chance that Matt Flynn could have another career day against the Lions and parlay that into a contract worth $20 million.
Raiders 17 Cowboys (-9.5) 26: The Raiders offense has received a bit of a spark since Matt McGloin has come into the lineup. A lot of that can be due to the play of Rashad Jennings who has been one of the more effective running backs in the league since replacing the injured Darren McFadden. Jennings has run with authority and has also been effective as a receiver. While Jennings could find some running lanes against a struggling Cowboys defense, Tony Romo and company could be too much to overcome this game. If the Cowboys want to show people they are a playoff contender like they could be, this is one the games where they need to take care of business.
Steelers 17 Ravens(-3.5) 20: While both teams aren’t up to the level they have been in the past, this should be yet another physical, low scoring game. The Steelers have been playing much better of late but the defense is getting up there in age and could struggle against the Ravens vertical passing game with deep threats such as Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones. The Steelers are also beatable against the run so it would be huge if the Ravens could get the Ray Rice that showed up against the Bears a few weeks ago. In the passing game, Ben Roethlisberger has been efficient and Antonio Brown has really emerged as the number one option in the offense. If the Ravens sell out to cover Brown, either Emmanuel Sanders or Jericho Cotchery could be in for a nice performance.