A Thanksgiving Feast of Games

“It’s a gut check and we’ll see it though”. The fact he left rookie Eric Rowe, who went five weeks without playing a defensive snap on perennial Pro Bowl wide receiver Calvin Johnson was mind-boggling. The yards gained by the Tampa offense, via their ground and pound attack, came against an Eagles unit that was dominant against the run and controlled the line of scrimmage the first half of the seasons. They are 1-10 ATS in their last 11 games after consecutive wins. One of the teams in that short streak: the Green Bay Packers – at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. Can Chip Kelly lead his team to a crucial win, or will the Lion’s winning streak continue with a victory over the Eagles?

It’s unclear whether Sam Bradford will be the starting quarterback today as he comes off injury. Wrong. This scenario reminds me of Week 3 when no one, including myself, gave the Eagles a shot to beat the 2-0 Jets. Tony Romo is back for Dallas…is that going to be enough to give Cam Newton and company their first loss? Running back Joique Bell added a rushing touchdown. According to oddsmakers from online sports book Mybookie.ag, Detroit is a 2.5-point favorite for today’s Thanksgiving Day matchup, while the total now sits at 46 points. The Cowboys will be facing the fifth best defense in the league.

GROUND GAME: Detroit is last in the league in rushing, so in that sense, this game could be a reprieve for the beleaguered Philadelphia defense.

The holiday games are nationally televised, and with only two other games on the docket, Detroit has become a face of football in November. “I’d like to be out there, but right now it’s going to be in the coaches’ and trainers’ hands”. Always has and always will. The fans will know it’s a big deal. That’s a significant drop-off from past year, when tickets to the Cowboys’ Thanksgiving game cost an average of $459.13. Bears fans will say the same thing.

The Bears have lost their last 4 meetings with the Packers. They ve lost three games this season against teams with a below.

Chicago endured a narrow 17-15 defeat to a Denver Broncos side, who were missing the injured Peyton Manning, but they could welcome back the fit-again Matt Forte.

TV: 7:30 p.m., NBC.

They’re expecting an inch of rain on Thursday and the temperature will be slightly above freezing at the kick-off.

The Lions were 10-1 heading into the game but fell to the Chicago Bears 19-16.

The Vikings (7-3) are not scheduled to play on Thursday, but the rest of the NFC North Division teams will be playing on Thursday. Some teams may not lead the scoreboard, but they can still be a profitable bet.

Yep, this should be another black and blue game.


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