Thanksgiving Day football is over us … Since 1920, NFL has made it a habit to play on Turkadagen, with…
Thanksgiving Day football is over us …
Since 1920, NFL has made it a habit to play on Turkadagen, with so many amazing games taking place this year’s most special Thursday. This year we have some solid matchups, with much at stake. Bears appears to stay in front of NFC North, while the lions try to save their season. Redskins and Cowboys play for NFC East. And Falcons strives to continue playing-live against the best team in the league.
Yes, the Saints play together, and they have proven that they are about more than just Drew Brees, but he is really the leader in the MVP Clubhouse. Sometimes an incredible player can take over a game and act like a one-man suits. You do not often see it in pro football, while in baseball a starting shot can dominate, and in the NBA, a LeBron James can exert his will on the outcome. If there is an example of a NFL guy who won a game, it came to Thanksgiving in 1
It was one of the most memorable lions in Thanksgiving football history. Redskins and Cowboys have played eight times on Turkadag, but they play on first-class holiday for the first time since 1996.
No, nobody notices the man. We even add the record in the numbers below. They only spy when I choose against their team.
Given that all picks are below. Will Ezekiel Elliott go like Emmitt Smith? What about Sunday? There are a lot of games that are relevant to playoff chase. The following is how I see them go. Your thoughts are also welcome … @HarrisonNFL is the site.
Elliot Harrison went 9-4 on his predictions for Week 11 and took his record for the season to 109-50 -2. How does he go out in week 12? His choice is below.
Dallas Cowboys 23, Washington Redskins 17
4:30 p.m. ET (FOX) | AT & T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)
People may expect the cowboys to run over Redskins, but it will not be that easy. Begin with the fact that Colt McCoy is one of the better backup quarterbacks in the league. In fact, he hit Dallas at JerryWorld 2014 – the same year, the Cowboys went 12-4 and lost to Packers in the playoffs. If Washington is to come out of Turkey Day with a victory, Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne must exercise their will. Otherwise, Ezekiel Elliott will run wild. Zeke’s last two weeks: 388 meters from scrimmage, three touchdowns. Dallas has only lost to Redskins on Thanksgiving, and it came in 2012, in the hands of RGIII. Seems like forever since. Oh, before I forget … #Dezcaughtit
New Orleans Saints 38, Atlanta Falcons 28
8:20 p.m. ET (NBC) | Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans)
If the falcons are going to do anything of what has passed into a test season, Thursday’s game will be scored against the Saints as a must-win. An important factor in whether they can beat the league’s best team: Deion Jones availability for Thursday night. Jones has been missing from lineup – and sorely missed – since the NFL Kickoff Game in Philadelphia. If he is one thing, Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram will surely cause headaches for a Dan Quinn defense that could not contain Ezekiel Elliott on Sunday. Kamara has obscured 100 scrimmage laps in each of the last three games, highlighting six touchdowns in the process. Ingram has rushed for 100 meters in the last two excursions and has three touchdowns themselves. Good care.
Cincinnati Bengals 30, Cleveland Browns 27 (OT)
1 p.m. ET (CBS) | Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati)
Take Bengals home. But do not feel too sure about their possibilities. They can be 5-5, but they have now lost four of their last five, while the defense is still ranked last in the league. Marvin Lewis took over the defensive game that called last week in Baltimore and produced mixed results. As experienced as Lewis is the main guy, implementing the defense and calling the defense is another thing altogether. Which would be true for any assistant in that role, Lewis must find a rhythm. What makes this matchup exciting: While Lewis gets used to his self-tasked task, despite having seen everything during his 27th birthday in NFL, he faces a quarterback in Baker Mayfield who has seen very little. How much help Mayfield gets from running back (and comrade) Nick Chubb against a cruddy defense could decide the day … for both teams.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28, San Francisco 49ers 24  1 pm ET (FOX) | Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Florida)
These are two franchises that lack key elements in the field and play varied tide on the quarterback, with their records reflecting it. San Francisco (2-8) has been without the service of Jimmy Garoppolo for most of the season and Jerick McKinnon for everything. Tampa (3-7) defense has been praised throughout the year; Crime has constituted as Tecmo Bo, a problem that did not help the season ended injury Kwon Alexander and health problems of several role-players in defense. Will take Buc’s home, but as Jameis Winston has to realize what’s in front of him. He played well off the bench in New York, helping Tampa Bay climb back into the game. What he needs to do is climb the pocket – and be crucial, which includes deciding to take the bag instead of suffering another giveaway.
Jacksonville Jaguars 17, Buffalo Bills 14
1 pm ET (CBS) | New Era Field (Orchard Park, NY)
Bortles … Everyone … It’s NFL at CBS! The Jaguar lost a chance to win AFC South – in all likelihood, anyway – by blowing the 16-point lead against Steelers. At the same time, bills Josh Allen get back in the saddle this week after driving Matt Barkley Express into a rolling victory in New Jersey. Surprisingly, Jags will leave them late last week against Ben Roethlisberger late, but it is very doubtful that Allen will be able to make the same spray play down the field. The beginner is a mediator of 6.0 meters per try. With sacks counting in, the drop drops to 5.2. Interesting game for Doug Marrone, returning to Buffalo as head coach for the first time since the final stage left under Bill’s ownership change at the end of 2014.
Baltimore Ravens 26, Oakland Raiders 10
] ] 1 pm ET (CBS) | M & T Bank Stadium (Baltimore)
Raiders offensive showed signs of life in Arizona after terrible 49ers and Chargers excursions where they scored all nine points in total. Last week, Oakland could move the football for the most part because of the spine. Jalen Richard and Doug Martin will be important factors to determine if Raiders can hang out with Ravens on the way. On paper, Baltimore’s front seven should have a field day with Oakland’s offensive front, which has allowed Derek Carr to pummeled repeatedly. Nevertheless, the “Wink” Martindale pass speed has slowed since hammering Marcus Mariota 11 times back in October, and it featured a problem when Baltimore met Cam Newton, Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger for consecutive weeks. Here’s what we know: Raiders do not come to Lamar Jackson. They could not win Vinny Testaverde if they wanted – and I mean Vinny Testaverde right now.
Carolina Panthers 26, Seattle Seahawks 24
1 et.m ET (FOX) | Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, N.C.)
The season has not spun out of control for 6-4 Panthers yet, although they had better stop moving around. What constitutes a huge competition in the NFC wild card competition, Seahawks needs this victory more than Carolina does. If Pete Carroll’s group were to fall, Seattle would tumble to 5-6 and two matches back of the pawns, one of their prime fighters for the fifth or sixth seed. Speak, at least one of these two teams has made the playoffs the last six years. Also interesting to note: Seattle has won his last three meetings in Charlotte, all with Russell Wilson at the center. If the panthers are to win this time, Cam Newton has to put up and deliver exactly downfield; He sports a non-sterling 58.1 fits scores of 20-plus air turns, according to Next Gen Stats.
New England Patriots 35, New York Jets 17
1 p.m. ET (CBS) | MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.)
Who knows if Sam Darnold is going to play this Sunday? I knows about who stands up at the center of the visitors. And if we know something about Tom Brady in 19th, Hall of Famer-to-be was pretty pissed after how the entire Pats offensive played against the Titans. Darnolds first season in bigs has been up and down; Before he was injured, he created more sales than the defense of his defense could ease. Tell me what really makes song Gang Green, but: a complete absence of the field game. Yardage in total over the last four weeks: 71, 57, 73, 83. Of course, minus 10 in sales divisions over these games can be an attempt to pursue an afterthought.
Philadelphia Eagles 26, New York Giants 20
1 pm ET (FOX) | Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia)
Can the giants make it three in a row? No, as much as Philly trounced in New Orleans, this group would return home to its long-standing rival. Also remember that New York won its previous two matches over 49ers and Bucs, which are combined 5-15. However, Philadelphia has a lot of work to do to win, though. First, the eagles need to develop consistency on the ground – in some way – to prevent Carson Wentz from squeezing the last two weeks. Blitzer blend and wrapping will be crucial, because the Philadelphia secondary is not good enough to play straight zone and win right now. Eli Manning enters NFC East Matchup, who has only finished in week 11, following a strong performance in week 10. It could be another Giants-Eagles slugaroo.
Los Angeles Chargers 33, Arizona Cardinals 20
16:05 ET (FOX) | ROKiT Field at StubHub Center (Carson, California)
Perhaps the cardinals can enter the football field and deliver some quick kicks, get up early and let their potential pass jump after Philip Rivers. Does not see it. Anthony Lynn’s locker room must be pissed off after letting Broncos hang out on Sunday before playing horrible football in the fourth quarter to lose the game. Rivers forced several throats, which turned into costly gifts. Arizona Chandler Jones (10.5 sacks, third in the NFL) can force fast decision-making from veteran quarterback; Rivers should consider eating the ball and living to play another down. The cards have seen the light in their latest (heavy) exploitation of David Johnson: 54 touches, 337 scrimmage yards and two points in the last two weeks.
Indianapolis Colts 34, Miami Dolphins 17
4:25 pm ET (CBS) | Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis)
Ryan Tannehill makes his long-awaited return to the Dolphins series after one and a half and a half of Brockball. The question for Tannehill, in addition to the obvious worry about praise, is that he will face a defense that has become much undervalued. Statistically, Indy’s defensive unit is no good shakes, ranking 18th in points allowed per game (24.9). But it’s a viable number when your quarterback is playing at an MVP level and his offensive line does not allow him to meet. Yes, Andrew Luck has not been fired in his last 214 attempt, and Miami’s pass-rush has darn near absent, with only 17 sacks all year round.
Trivia: Luck’s sackless streak is the second longest since 1991. Which former Super Bowl MVP went 244 passes without being discarded in 1991?
Pittsburgh Steelers 26, Denver Broncos 20
4:25 pm ET (CBS) | Broncos Stadium at Mile High (Denver)
Lots of people will choose Broncos to secure an upset here, because Steelers was impressing too much of his victory in Jacksonville. That’s the greater reason to believe that Pittsburgh crime will bounce back. Denver also won an emotional game against chargers and could pop up. If Broncos are to win, Von Miller and Bradley Chubb must make life uncomfortable for Ben Roethlisberger early. Keep in mind that they will serve message to James Conner that this is not Cleveland, because the Denver defense has been the most outstanding in a month. But if Broncos lets Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster and the boys get hot early, they’ll be on a long day. First, Jake’s staff with Steelers matches Better than it does with Denver. Secondly, Pittsburgh only allows 18 points per game during their last six outings and forced eight triplets last week.
Minnesota Vikings 30, Green Bay Packers 27
8: 20.00 ET (NBC) | American Bank Stadium (Minneapolis)
Although no teams can be there yet, they both dangerously close to having to win territory. Especially Packers. If they fail in Minnesota, they will have lost for the fourth time in five games. They would also fall two matches behind the folds (currently the sixth seed in the NFC), and if the Panthers triumphed over the Seahawks, they would be 2.5 games behind Ron Rivera and Co. for a wildcard location. The crime has been all talk in Green Bay. However, the defense will have their hands full against these vikings, which hit a rhythm in the loss of the bears when it was too late. Look for Minnesota to pick up the pace at home, especially if Packer’s DC Mike Pettine uses his number to the back to defend himself against productive WR1 Adam Thielen (1.013 meters this season) and Stefon Diggs. It would leave Dalvin Cook to party on a defense that allows 4 meters or more 49.1 percent of the time, 30 in the NFL. Imagine Green Bay is going to fish.
Houston Texans 25, Tennessee Titans 17
8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN) | NRG Stadium (Houston, N.J.)
If you have calculated the titans, please enter your synopsis here ______________. Their entire season has appeared like a strange Elvira girl in one of the late night UHF series from the late 1980’s. They have had some excursions that were nice to watch (Jaguars, Cowboys, Patriots), but their appearances are inconvenient, without offensive plot to start. They have been scaryly scary, or simply scary to see, like last weekend. A big question for OC Matt LaFleur has been the inability to generate betting (20 plus meters), where Tennessee is ranked 31 in the league. Meanwhile, we have not yet seen Deshaun Watson copy his 2017 catalog, but Houston continues to find ways to win. If the Texans win again on Monday night, Tennessee can kiss AFC South Goodbye. This will be a tight, ugly game. Houston wins.
Detroit Lions 24, Chicago Bears 22
This is a dangerous match for Bears, who is humming right now. Going to Detroit in a short week will be at least as difficult as – if not more difficult than-worth the Vikings last week. Pair that Chicago is in line to start Chase Daniel, who at best is squeezed in a few reviews before they fly out to meet a divisional competitor and you can clearly see the backdrop challenge to Matt Nagy and staff. The Lions played home on Sunday and snapped a three-game loss line by building an early lead over the collateral with a balanced offense and staying late. Unfortunately for Detroit, with Kerryon Johnson (knee burst) out, Chicago’s passrush will not hesitate on its way to the pocket. Bears has already written 32 sacks (bound for fifth in NFL). Feel a Bears Road win, but Matthew Stafford has played well since it opened Monday evening … except two weeks ago against Bears. The advantage over Daniel is too much. Thus I’m taking Detroit home.
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