Can anyone stop Drew Brees and Saints? (Bill Feig / AP) Thanksgiving Day gives us the usual trio of NFL…
Thanksgiving Day gives us the usual trio of NFL games, with all three having the afterseason’s consequences. Here’s what you need to know.
Bears at Lions
Time: 12:30 p.m. East.
Spread (from Thursday morning): Chicago -3.
The bears have had about one-week preparation for a week as you can come to NFL: they were bent to last week’s match against the Vikings and now you get an early time game. Thursday.
Teams facing similar Sunday night-Thanksgiving afternoon swings have not gone so well in the past:
Cowboys followed a 37-9 loss home to the eagles on Sunday night with a 28-6 charge for chargers at home on Thanksgiving afternoon.
In 2016, Redskins followed a 42-24 home win over Packers on Sunday night with a 31-26 loss at Cowboys on Thanksgiving afternoon.
In 2014, the Cowboys followed a 31-28 victory on the giants on Sunday night with a 33-10 home loss for the eagles on Thanksgiving afternoon. 19659012] It is a particularly disturbing situation for the bear, considering that quarterback Mitchell Trubisky hurt his right hand against Minnesota and has been dubbed as doubtful. (It’s a game decision, but NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday afternoon that Trubisky will be sitting). Chase Daniel is about to make just the third start of his nine season career and the first since 2014.
Redskins at Cowboys
Time: ] 4:30 pm East.
Spread (from Thursday morning): Dallas -7.
Colt McCoy gets the talk on Redskins quarterback after Alex Smith’s cruel leg injury to the Texans, and he has a short week to speed up. McCoy is only 8-18 his career as a starter, although 21 of these games came with Browns 2010 and 2011, his first two NFL seasons (he went 1-3 as a starter for Redskins 2014, with a win coming in Dallas) .
McCoy could not be much worse in the long-playing department than its predecessor: With Smith at the center, Redskins had only four matching games that lasted at least 40 meters this season and no since week 4 against the Saints. The cowboys have only allowed four such fitting gigs this season (only three teams have allowed fewer) and have given up a league-low 13 pass touchdowns (linked to Cardinals and Vikings). Washington converted only 9 of 54 attempts on third and nine or longer with Smith at the quarterback.
The Cowboys seem to have corrected the ship with two straight victories, maybe ending talking about coach Jason Garret’s future with the team. They would move into a first-rate NFC East tie with Redskins with a victory, which would even take the season series on a game. Like Washington, Dallas is not so explosive in the surrender department: It has only four matching games of at least 40 meters. But the cowboys have begun leaning more to run back Ezekiel Elliott, and it is paid. He has 273 rushing yards and two points while 15 catches out from the backfield in the last two matches.
Falcons at Saints
Time: 8:20 p.m. East
Spread (from Thursday morning): New Orleans -12.5.
Chiefs and Rams have gotten all the attention due to their touchdown-laden shootout on Monday night but are there enough people talking about how stupid the Saints have got? They have not lost since a seasonal opening defeat to Bucs (back when Bucs was actually one thing and not the mess they are currently) and have won their last four games with an average of 24.5 points – one of them a 10-point win above the above-mentioned frames.
New Orleans already has a six-point overtime win over Atlanta under his belt, and this came without running back Mark Ingram, serving a seasonal four-punch tension to violate NFL’s policy for performance-enhancing drugs. Ingram has rushed for at least 100 meters in subsequent games and now he and Alvin Kamara get a Falcon defense that has allowed 13 rushing touchdowns (only Bucs and Browns have allowed more) and 11 rushing plays at least 20 meters (just jets, cardinals and dolphins have allowed more).
The Falcon season seems to slip away at 4-6, and matches against Ravens and Packers follow Thursday’s tough in New Orleans.
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