Thanksgiving is one of the biggest holidays in the United States. Many Americans celebrate by eating turkey with cranberry sauce and watching football all day. Three big games are slated for Thursday. Let’s take a look.
Green Bay at Detroit.
No matchup has been more frequent on Thanksgiving than the Packers and the Lions. This will be the 20th meeting between these two long time rivals on Turkey Day. The Packers roll into the Motor City as the only undefeated in the NFL, sporting a 10-0 record. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is having an MVP season and the offence is flying high. However, there have been questions raised about the defence. The Packers D allowed 455 yards against struggling Tampa Bay and will face a stiff challenge against an explosive Lions offence. Matthew Stafford is having a superb season for Detroit throwing for 2843 yards and 25 touchdowns so far. While superstar receiver Calvin Johnson has been held in check the last few weeks, Megatron is poised for a huge game which could spell doom for the Packers. The Lions discovered a running game last week as Kevin Smith ran for 140 yards and 2 touchdowns in a win over Carolina. If the Lions want to end the Packers undefeated run, they must continue to run the football effectively. I think they will. In an upset, I’m picking Detroit to win.
Miami at Dallas.
Two teams on a roll meet in Jerry World. The Cowboys have won 3 straight thanks in large part to 3 players. Quarterback Tony Romo has found his game after a sluggish start to the season. Romo has thrown for 841 yards and 8 touchdowns without throwing an interception in the last 3 games. Running back DeMarco Murray has been a workhorse for America’s Team. The second round draft pick has rushed for 747 yards and 2 touchdowns and has eased the pressure off Romo. Finally DeMarcus Ware has been a force on defence. The All-Pro linebacker leads the NFL with 14 sacks and is a terrorizing force for offences to deal with. After I pronounced them dead and buried, the Dolphins have proven me wrong by winning 3 straight and showing some heart and character in the process. The defence has been stellar led by Cameron Wake who’s 5.5 sacks leads the team. However it won’t be enough to slow down the Cowboys. Dallas wins.
San Francisco at Baltimore.
A terrific defensive matchup. The 49ers have been one of the league’s biggest surprises, going 9-1 and running away with the NFC West. Linebacker Patrick Willis is a candidate for defensive player of the year with 78 tackles, 2 sacks, and 3 fumble recoveries. Willis is the heart and soul of the 49ers defence and is reminding some people of Ray Lewis. What a coincidence. Lewis just happens to be the greatest Baltimore Raven of all time and is most likely to return to the lineup. The Ravens need him as they are in a battle for first place in the AFC North with Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. While the defence remains menacing, the offence is still battling inconsistency. That being said, the Ravens have more experience in big games than the 49ers and I still have some doubts about Alex Smith against the Ravens defence. I’m taking Baltimore to win this game.
I’ll be back later in the week for a preview of the Sunday and Monday games.
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