Happy Turkey day! In true American fashion, families and individuals gather to feast on pounds of food and watch great games of football. I’d like to extend a special shoutout to Washington, DC’s S.O.M.E. (So Others Might Eat http://some.org/) for their continual effort in making sure the homeless and less fortunate families are fed not just on Thanksgiving, but year round.
Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions (28- 24)
The Detroit Lions will set the tone defensively in the first half, however in the second half the Bears offense will have some big plays both on the ground in the air. Don’t be surprised though if this one turns into a shootout as it is a divisional game, and the Detroit Lions have been a little suspect in the past couple weeks. Look for big games from Calvin “Megatron” Johnson and Matt Forte.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas Cowboys (38 – 31)
America’s mascot Eagles versus “America’s Team”. This one will be a shootout. Expect big games from Demarco Murray, LeSean “Shady” McCoy, Dez Bryant, and the Eagles’ tight ends. The key to both sides is establishing their run games early and often, which will allow those big play-action plays throughout the game. My birds will come out on top.
Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco 49ers (27 – 17)
This has turned into one of the best rivalries in all of football. Both teams have transformed into formidable NFL franchises in recent years with three trips to playoffs each and Super Bowl appearances for both. It’s for that last reason that I pick the Seahawks to win this game. If the Seattle can get their ground game going with Marshawn Lynch as their primary option and Russell Wilson adding to that effect. One match-up to pay attention to is the duel between Michael Crabtree and the outspoken Richard Sherman.
All of the Thanksgiving Day games have playoff implications. The Bears absolutely need to win their game versus the the Lions if they are to have any hopes of winning the division. The winner of perhaps America’s best division rivalry will be in a good position to secure a top – two seed in the NFC, although whether it’s the Eagles or the Cowboys, both teams are probably going to make the playoffs. The Thursday Night Football game is a must win for either team because a win does not necessarily put them in a playoff position, but rather a loss would likely kill their post-season hopes.