Happy Thanksgiving everyone. It’s the best Thursday of the year, because we get the 3 things all Americans love; a day off, a ton of food that we don’t have to feel bad about stuffing our faces with, and good football. Check out my thoughts before you start arguing with your uncles over who’s going to win this week’s slate of games as you pass then a turkey leg.
Last Week’s Record: 9-5
Season Record: 102-58
The Vikings defense is scary, shutting down the NFL’s top offense in the Rams last week. Keeping the Lions in check shouldn’t be an issue for Minnesota.
Los Angeles Chargers @ Dallas Cowboys
Based on how the Cowboys have played lately, calling this an upset pick would be giving it the wrong label. Dallas’s offense has mustered up 16 points the last 2 weeks, while the Chargers put up 54 on Buffalo and collected 5 interceptions on defense (all off rookie QB Nathan Peterman).
New York Giants @ Washington Redskins
New York’s offense did just enough last week against a Kansas City team that is doing exactly what they always do, hitting a wall after a hot start. The Redskins still have their issues, but they played well against New Orleans and nearly pulled the upset.
Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots
The Patriots get an easy one as they return from whooping the Raiders up and down the border. Miami brings in a struggling running game and a banged up quarterback room, all signs of a blowout.
Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco 49ers
Will we see Jimmy G start for San Fran this week? Maybe, but will we see the 49ers get another win? Even with all the injuries Seattle is dealing with, not likely.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons are hitting their stride at the right time, that’s bad news for Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Bucs.
Cleveland Browns @ Cincinnati Bengals
It’s the Browns, enough said.
Tennessee Titans @ Indianapolis Colts
Everyone picked the Titans to win the AFC South before the season. They played well at the end of last year, Marcus Mariota finally got some weapons in Corey Davis and Eric Decker, and the defense was improving. Well, so far that preseason prediction hasn’t looked too good. The good news for them this week is the Colts are worse.
Buffalo Bills @ Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City, once thought to be an actual threat to the Patriots in the AFC, are coming off a loss to the Giants, scoring only 9 points, while the Bills have given up 135 points over their last 3 games, all loses. Basically, both teams are limping into this game. The Chiefs defense has played at a good level, so stopping Buffalo’s offense, likely to once again be led by Tyrod Taylor, shouldn’t be an issue.
Carolina Panthers @ New York Jets
Coming off a bye week and riding a 3-game winning streak, the Panthers aren’t the most consistent team in the NFL, so I can see this as a trap game for then, but all logic says don’t take the Jets.
Chicago Bears @ Philadelphia Eagles
Still the hottest team in the league, led by the MVP front runner. What moron wouldn’t take Philly?
Denver Broncos @ Oakland Raiders
The way both teams are playing, I don’t want to pick either one, but I’m still a Derek Carr believer, and even if this team can’t figure out this season, these Raiders talented none the less, and have a bright future.
New Orleans Saints @ Los Angeles Rams
It’s hard to pick against New Orleans right now, as the Saints are marching all over teams with their high-powered running attack of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. The Rams, still a great team, struggled against Minnesota’s defense and face another hot squad led by shutdown rookie corner Marshon Lattimore.
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Arizona Cardinals
The Jacksonville defense is the reason I’m doing well in fantasy football. Any quarterback throwing against this defense is in for a long day, as the Jaguars excel in 2 major aspects, getting sacks and forcing turnovers. Blaine Gabbert or Drew Stanton, doesn’t make a difference.
Green Bay Packers @ Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers offense exploded Thursday night, much to the dismay of the Titans. Now, as I’ve said all season, the Steelers are a great team who can look like the worst at any given time, so they could easily lose an easy one here. That being said, Green Bay is coming off a shutout loss to Baltimore, so logic says take the hot team.
Houston Texans @ Baltimore Ravens
I just can’t bring myself to pick a team led by Tom Savage, despite how they played this past weekend.
3 Spreads I Love
I’ll be honest, I really hate the lines this week, so here’s the only one I feel good about, and one I’m on the fence over.
Minnesota Vikings @ Detroit Lions
Spread: MIN -3.0
The way the Vikings are playing on both sides of the ball, a field goal win seems like easy money. Take Minnesota.
Chicago Bears @ Philadelphia Eagles
Spread: PHI -13.5
Almost 2 touchdowns is a lot, but Philly at home is also usually a safe bet. Take the Eagles
*I make these picks simply for fun. I am not responsible for any money lost on bets.