Hello all, a mini-preview for today's 3 big games on that most fabulous holiday of the year, thanksgiving day! Have a good one y'all!
TV; All Sky Sports
5:30 - HOUSTON TEXANS (9-1) @ DETROIT LIONS (4-6)
Certainly the starter course, this should be the easiest to predict as The Lions look to head to yet another loss (the Lions have only won one out of eight Thanksgiving Day Games since moving to Ford Field, and only 1 in the last 11 overall) as the Texans proved that sometimes just winning is enough. The lowly Jacksonville Jaguars gave Houston quite a scare at home last week, and the Detroit Lions certainly aren't as bad as them, but they're also a bit of an undisciplined mess at the moment. It's more reasonable to expect a repeat of last week's shoot-out won't happen again today, but the Lions have weapons when they remember them, and Sunday's game proved there are holes in the stingy Texans' D to be exploited. I'm sure play-off bound Tom Brady and Peyton Manning were particularly interested in Chad Henne's heroics. (Hou by 7)
9:15 - WASHINGTON REDSKINS (4-6) @ DALLAS COWBOYS (5-5)
And for the main course... NFL's old firm. With heavy emphasis on the old. What was for so long to league's biggest rivalry in terms of money and relevance, these two auld enemies have faced darker times in the last couple decades. That said, it makes perfect sense for them to face-off on Thanksgiving Day, and given both are still just about in grasping distance of the play-offs (but more likely, in ruining each others chances) there is plenty of fun to be had in this years game. The Cowboys have improved in the past few weeks, but still walk a very thin line between being unlucky and just plain clumsy with the ball. They survived Cleveland last week (a very similar team with a worse record) in Overtime, but now they have RG3 to contend with. The Redskins have been baffling but very entertaining to watch this year (the latter hasn't been described about them for sometime) and it generally depends on how many other guys are playing on RG3's level for him to do his thing. When they click, they're great, when they don't, they really, really don't. So this is certainly the toughest to call, and will have all the trimmings of turnovers, skirmishes and hey maybe some successful offence. Wouldn't have it any other way. (WAS by 3)
1:20AM - NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (7-3) @ NEW YORK JETS (4-6)
For desert, a real pummelling. As great as the Patriots' dominant offence has been over it's division for the last decade, so much of that has been down to having absolutely zero competition. This isn't limited to just the east, the AFC generally is a much more unbalanced division to all the talented teams over in the NFC. So somehow, whereas the other 4&6 team playing today are pretty much dead in the water as far as playoffs, the Jets and still alive, largely due to their unexpected victory away in St. Louis and because their rival Patriots' beat the Indianapolis Colts, keeping the 6th spot at least vaguely alive for the underlings. Any benefit the Jets' may have appreciated from the Patriots on Sunday however, will be instantly taken away tonight. The Jets will try everything to stay competitive at home to their bitterest rivals, but that will probably only make things worse. The Patriots are rollin'. (NE by 7+)
Enjoy Turkey Day everyone! Remember to set up those fantasy teams!