On Thursday, the Lions kick the NFL weekend off followed by the other team that almost always plays on Turkey Day, the Green Bay Packers. and what should be a classic game between the unbeaten Carolina Panthers and the Dallas Cowboys. My NFL picks are in and they include some games that might cause disagreement among fans.
Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions: The Eagles come off a totally embarrassing loss while Detroit is riding a two game wave of wins. This is Detroit’s day as Thanksgiving always centers around them. Lions 35 Eagles 27.
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Carolina Panthers at Dallas Cowboys: The game of the week for sure although New England/Denver will rival this one. With Tony Romo playing at home he will lead his team to handing the Cats their first loss. Cowboys 27 Panthers 21.
Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers: The Pack is back…back in the winner’s saddle for now. They will remain on top of their horses. Packers 41 Bears 9.
Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs begin their race to the finish line with what might be one of the easiest schedules remaining. Chiefs 31 Bills 21.
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Miami Dolphins at New York Jets: Two teams who are not out of a wild card opportunity…yet. A loss by either could damage those chances. Jets 30 Dolphins 14.
Minnesota Vikings at Atlanta Falcons: Two teams badly needing a victory, this could be a very tight game and just might see a lot of points on the board. Falcons 33 Vikings 31.
New Orleans Saints at Houston Texans: The Texans are on the move, the Saints can’t find a direction to go. Watch for a big day from the JJ. Texans 24 Saints 17.
New York Giants at Washington Redskins: An important NFC East battle with two teams trying to keep Dallas at bay. It seems the Cowboys with Tony Romo back are all the sudden the feared team in the division. Redskins 31 Giants 24.
Oakland Raiders at Tennessee Titans: The Titans are playing for pride, the Raiders fighting for their playoff lives. It’s a game Oakland should not and can not lose. Raiders 41 Titans 13.
San Diego Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars: This is Jacksonville’s big chance to make a statement and beat a team that almost every other team is beating up on. This game will prove where the Jags stand among the league’s better teams. No one could have predicted they’d still be in the race for the post-season by week 12. Jaguars 27 Chargers 20.
St. Louis Rams at Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals are smarting with two consecutive losses and before a home crowd they will want to take it out on the Rams. Bengals 47 Rams 12 (Steelers fans and myself hope I am wrong!).
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Indianapolis Colts: Indianapolis better prepare for this game as if it were a playoff. Tampa proved last week they are no joke. Colts 31 Bucs 27.
Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers: Arizona can inch closer to claiming the division title with a win. 49ers are trying to figure out what to do with Colin Kaepernick in the off-season. Cardinals 38 49ers 14.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Seattle Seahawks: HUGE game in Seattle. For both teams. My preview will give you all the insight that comes on Friday.
New England Patriots at Denver Broncos: It’s now the Brock Osweiler show with Christian Ponder as the backup and Peyton Manning on the sidelines. Are we seeing the future at quarterback in Denver? What a test for the 6’8″ Osweiler getting the Patriots who are not just defending Super Bowl champions but have not yet lost in 2015. Many are picking the Broncos to pull the upset and despite New England having pulled this trick of 16-0 once before, it would be hard to duplicate the feat. Broncos 27 Patriots 21.
Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns: Week 12 ends with a stinker. Monday night football with two teams who have won just five games in 15 attempts. Baltimore has three of those victories. The plan was for Johnny Manziel to get another start and finish the season at quarterback for the Browns. Once again, he blew the opportunity. Can you say STUPID? On radio the other day Fran Tarkenton ripped the young “Johnny Football” indicating he does not have what it takes to be an NFL quarterback. The partying incident is probably the beginning of the end for Manziel who now has been demoted to third string. Can you say “Bust?”
As for the Ravens, they are so beat up they will find it hard to win much more the rest of the season. Cleveland fans should be happy with Josh McCown however instead of the troubled Manziel, simply because he is the better quarterback. Browns 29 Ravens 17.
For the record, last week I finished with yet another .500 week. Seven up and seven down. Here’s hoping to a better forecast in week 12 and to everyone who reads my columns…Have a happy, safe, enjoyable, and football frenzied Thanksgiving!