Wednesday, November 23, 2011

NFL Week 12 Predictions (Thanksgiving Games Only)

Thanksgiving = Family, Food, and Football. I simply can not wait for the CJSA Turkey Bowl that will take place at 11am on Thanksgiving morning. The rest of the day will consist of rehashing stories from the game, eating loads and loads of high quality food at my Aunt's place - and of course, sitting in front of the television and watching NFL games. This week's slate of games is as good as its been all year. Click after the jump to get some predictions on what may or may not happen in the NFL on Thanksgiving...

Thanksgiving Day Games
Green Bay Packers (-6.5) vs. Detroit Lions, 12:30 ET - FOX
One thing about this Lions team that should be commended is their ability to fight back from large deficits to win games. They have trailed by as many as 20 points in three games this year (Vikings, Cowboys, and Panthers) and have battled back to win each contest. Something tells me that if Aaron Rodgers and the Packers get a similar lead the Lions won't be able to come back for the W. Lions QB Matthew Stafford looked very impressive last week in his first game since fracturing his index finger - and I fully expect him and Calvin Johnson to give the fans what they want - but at the end of the day I think Green Bay will be too strong to hold off with all of their offensive weapons. I'll take the Packers to win at Ford Field and keep their 16-0 hopes alive.

Miami Dolphins vs. Dallas Cowboys (-7), 4:15 ET - CBS
I cannot believe how well the Miami Dolphins have been playing lately. I know it's only the Chiefs, Redskins, and Bills that they've beaten - but it looks like they have finally figured things out. The Dolphins have outscored opponents 86-20 during that streak and have not allowed a defensive touchdown during their recent three game streak. I still point to the break up of Kim Kardassian and Kris Humphries as the reason for this resurrection - well at least for Reggie Bush (274 yards and 4 TDs in his last four games). Unfortunately for the Dolphin faithful they play in Dallas against a QB that has been absolutely on fire in the month of November. The Cowboys also ride a three game winning streak in large part because Tony Romo has thrown for 841 yards, 8 Touchdowns, and zero interceptions so far this month. Romo is also a ridiculous 18-2 during the month all time and is 12-0 at home. I like what the Dolphins have been doing lately, I'm just more impressed with Romo and this Cowboys team as they continue to fly under the radar. I'll take the Cowboys to win by more than a touchdown.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Baltimore Ravens (-3), 8:20 ET - NFL
Welcome to the Har-Bowl on Thanksgiving! It's always good to have family around on Thanksgiving.  Jim (49ers) and John (Ravens) Harbaugh will be coaching against one another in the night cap of the day's games. Both teams are headed to the playoffs because they employ a physical defense that can stop the run. The 49ers rank 1st in the league in rush defense, while the Ravens currently rank 6th. It's tough not to like the intensity and the leadership that Jim Harbaugh brings into the 49ers organization - his defense is as good as there is in the league, and he's made the most of a former No. 1 overall pick in QB Alex Smith. I just don't see them flying across country on a short week and beating the Baltimore Ravens in their HOUSE. Ray Lewis is still listed as questionable - but I expect the Ravens to take every shot from the 49ers (pause) and still be standing at the end of this game. I look for Joe Flacco to limit his mistakes and think that the Ravens will come out victorious in the first inaugural Har-bowl. 

Last Week: 5-7-2
Season Record: 76-76-7 - talk about mediocrity

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