Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope you’re ready for some good food, bad football and winning gambling picks.
Last Week’s Record: 10 – 4
Season Record: 113 – 61 – 1
Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions
The Bears defense gets an easy day on Thanksgiving facing a Lions offense that couldn’t keep up with Dwayne Haskins and the abysmal Washington offense. I’m happy this is the 12:30 game, because everyone will be cooking and eating rather than being forced to watch this snoozer of a game.
Buffalo Bills @ Dallas Cowboys
Dallas looked awful in New England last week but does have the benefit of returning home for the holiday and facing a quarterback in Josh Allen who is young, getting better, but still a bit turnover prone.
New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons
You think the Saints aren’t out for revenge after Atlanta embarrassed them at home? Alvin Kamara is healthy and forming a 2 headed monster with Latavius Murray in the backfield behind Drew Brees. It only seems appropriate that on Thanksgiving Day, more birds will be slaughtered.
Tennessee Titans @ Indianapolis Colts
Only Lamar Jackson is averaging more fantasy points then Ryan Tannehill since he took over the starting role in Tennessee. I repeat, only the leading league MVP candidate. Tannehill has been reborn on Mike Vrabel’s squad, and the Titans defense has also shown improvements. The Colts have officially become a good team with a quarterback holding them back.
San Francisco 49ers @ Baltimore Ravens
If any defense is going to stop Lamar Jackson, it might just be the 49ers, who have looked taken a lead over the Patriots for the title of best defense in the NFL at this point on the season.
New York Jets @ Cincinnati Bengals
As long as Sam Darnold isn’t hung over from his apparently wild night out last week, the Jets should be able to take care of business against the helpless Bengals. If they score 34 points for the 4th week in a row, I will buy a Darnold shirt.
Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Mason Rudolph will be well protected from any malicious head wear on the bench as he sits behind Delvin Hodges. In a battle of a 3rd string QB and Baker and the now somewhat living up to expectations Browns, give me Cleveland to continue their wildcard push in what is likely to be an ugly, chippy match.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Miami Dolphins
I want to take the Dolphins here, but with the secondary so banged up, even the Eagles depleted offense should be able to do enough.
Washington Redskins @ Carolina Panthers
The Redskins won a game with Dwayne Haskins starting. It’s great to see him get that, even though he still didn’t play particularly well. Now they get back to business, losing for a high draft pick. Carolina at home by double digits.
Green Bay Packers @ New York Giants
New York needs another high draft pick and more time for Daniel Jones to develop before they can get close to competing with the likes of Green Bay, who will be looking to rebound after getting embarrassed by San Francisco last Sunday night.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars defense has fallen apart, and with the top wide receiver duo in the league coming to town, expect that trend to continue.
Los Angeles Rams @ Arizona Cardinals
I have officially given up on the Los Angeles Rams, and I think the Rams have too.
Oakland Raiders @ Kansas City Chiefs
Just when we thought the Raiders were ready to make a run, they go and get blown out by the Jets of all teams. With injuries at receiver, the Raiders limp into Kansas City to face a rested Chiefs squad coming off a bye.
Los Angeles Chargers @ Denver Broncos
Denver isn’t the worst team in the league by any means, but they don’t know how to win games. Then again, neither do the Chargers, but they have far more weapons.
New England Patriots @ Houston Texans
The Gilmore vs. Hopkins matchup is sure to be fun. My prediction, Hopkins ends up with 4-5 catches for around 50-60 yards, but no touchdowns. New England should hopefully get Sanu and Dorsett back, and N’Keal Harry appears to be slowly earning Tom Brady’s trust, a wonderful thing for New England, as Harry should finally give the Pats a weapon in the endzone. In typical Patriot fashion, expect an ugly, low scoring win.
Minnesota Vikings @ Seattle Seahawks
Tyler Lockett continues to get healthier just as Seattle faces one of the worst groups of cornerbacks in the league. Russell Wilson should have a field day throwing downfield as the Seahawks pick up a big home win.
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