Turkey and football: the perfect combo
It's Thanksgiving time, and here at SCO we're thankful for another week of great NFL action. But before you stuff your face, make sure to check out our week 12 predictions. The Packers and the Lions kick off at 12:30 on Thursday, the first of three matchups on Turkey Day. This Thanksgiving, we recommend you kick back, relax, huddle around the TV with your family and watch some pigskin. Gobble gobble!
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions
The Lions will have a lot on their plate on Thursday when they face the 10-0 Packers. Gotta love Thanksgiving jokes.
I'm really looking forward to this Thanksgiving Day game. Though the Lions could use a big win at home, Aaron Rodgers isn't about to let that happen.
Matthew Stafford was exposed early last week against the Panthers, but he recovered well and finished with a five-touchdown game. Regardless, he definitely has weaknesses and the Packers secondary can hold him in check, while Rodgers does his thing like always.
I think the Lions are going to give the Packers a run for their money, but I'm not ready to see the Packers lose yet.
Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys
Both of these teams are on three-game win streaks, but Dallas is the better team. Expect a heavy dose of rookie running back DeMarco Murray. Cowboys improve to 7-4.
Upset! Dallas looked a bit shaky last week, and Miami has been on a roll. Expect to see some upset Cowboys fans on Monday.
Both teams have won three in a row, but the Dolphins are still a 3-7 team and I won't pick them against the division-leading Cowboys.
The Cowboys can definitely have off-days, but because they're playing Miami, I'm sure they can pull out a win.
San Francisco 49ers at Baltimore Ravens
The San Francisco 49ers are the second-best team in the NFL. Is this real life?
Between the sibling coaching rivalry, Thanksgiving Day, and two great defenses, this game is too good to be shown on NFL Network. The Ravens will continue their trend of playing to the level of their opponents and come away with the win in Baltimore.
The Ravens haven't lost at home all year and the 49ers haven't lost on the road all year. Based on schedule strength, I think the Ravens are the better team and can take this Thanksgiving showdown.
Maybe I should pick the 49ers, but I have full faith in my team (why else would my family choose to wear all purple for Thanksgiving?). This is no doubt going to be a great game, and both teams are going to bring it. I have a feeling the Ravens are going to feel it more.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Minnesota Vikings at Atlanta Falcons
Minnesota needs more talent than Adrian Peterson to compete in the toughest division in the NFL. The Vikings are 1-4 over their last five games and they'll have a hard time against the 6-4 Falcons.
Poor Vikings. Adrian Peterson can run all he wants, but the Minnesota defense isn't going to win them any tough games.
The Falcons have had some consistency problems but a win against the last place Vikings should be no problem.
Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars
Even without Matt Schaub at QB, the Texans are still far and away the better football team. Arian Foster gets 30+ carries; Houston wins big. Lock it up.
The Texans' week 11 bye won't wreck their recent winning ways. One of Jacksonville's three wins has been over the Colts – the other was over the Ravens, who play awfully against bad teams – so the Jaguars might as well be 1-9.
Houston is going to take a hit without Schaub and I'm not really sure why Matt Leinart is an NFL quarterback, but the Jaguars are unlikely to score more than ten points against the strong Houston defense.
The Texans are going to be able to deliver against the Jaguars thanks to plenty of scoring opportunities.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Tennessee Titans
Tennessee has the better record, but Tampa Bay displayed an improved offense against Green Bay in week 11, so I'm picking the Bucs in a slight upset. Josh Freeman threw for 342 yards and two scores, while running back LaGarette Blount went beastmode on the Packers' defense.
Yes, the Bucs are on a four-game losing streak, but remember: those losses were against the Bears, Saints, Texans, and Packers. Not exactly the easiest schedule.
The Bucs have been extremely disappointing this season, while at .500 the Titans are in a great position to seize the division. Hasselbeck can propel them at home.
The Titans should have an opportunity to move to the top of their division, and they will have to battle hard against the Buccaneers.
Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams
Both of these teams are pretty terrible. I'll go with the Cardinals, who are slightly less terrible.
The Cardinals have won two out of their last three, one of which was over this Rams team. If John Skelton can limit his interceptions, Arizona will be able to hold off the awful Rams.
The Rams' mediocre defense will look great, as every defense does, when playing John Skelton and the Cardinals. The game is meaningless with the division almost clinched for the 49ers, but the Rams can at least win a few to avoid utter embarrassment.
The Cardinals still have a lot to improve on, but they make progress every game. The Rams have been disappointing the last couple weeks.
Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati took a step back in the AFC North standings last week, falling to Baltimore 31-24. But don't sleep on the Bengals. They're still a good team, and they'll only continue to improve with a rookie QB under center.
Cincinnati needs this win to stay in the race for the AFC North, but given that the Bengals will need to overtake the Steelers and Ravens, I don't anticipate them making the playoffs.
The Bengals schedule has started to toughen up, and their two game losing streak is proof. The Browns, however, will be a nice break and an important win if the Bengals want to stay in the playoff picture.
The Bengals played a great game last week, and will be able to pull out an important division win this week.
Buffalo Bills at New York Jets
New York is struggling. The Jets have lost two straight games and are sitting at 5-5. Look for them to turn things around when they face another .500 team, the Bills, who fell 35-8 to the Dolphins in week 11.
The Bills' week nine loss to the Jets started their losing streak; their week 12 victory will end it.
The Bills are done. Three losses in a row by a combined scored of 106-26 has officially returned them to their place as a pathetic team and easy win.
The Bills are playing pretty terribly after a solid start to the season.
Carolina Panthers at Indianapolis Colts
Choosing the Colts' opposition is always the easiest pick of the week.
I'm most excited for this game because I have Cam Newton on my fantasy team. Get ready for a blowout.
The Colts are going winless.
I feel like I'm constantly repeating myself here, but sorry Indy…
Washington Redskins at Seattle Seahawks
I'm fed up with the Redskins. They're a joke.
Washington looked much better last week against Dallas. If the 'Skins keep up their play, and make a couple field goals, they'll take care of the Seahawks.
The last time I picked the Redskins to win a game was week two against the Cardinals, but they are playing an NFC West team not named the 49ers, so why not.
I honestly think the Redskins have a chance to win this game, but then I realized that this game will be played at Seattle, and there's no way Rex Grossman can handle the atmosphere there. Sorry 'Skins fans.
Chicago Bears at Oakland Raiders
Where did Chicago come from? It seems like everyone was sleeping on the Bears, and now here they are, five straight wins and putting pressure on the Lions and Packers in the NFC North. And then tragedy strikes for the Bears' season. Jay Cutler is out six to eight weeks with a broken thumb. Raiders win.
Caleb Hanie has a career QB rating of a measly 39.6; he can't be expected to fill Jay Cutler's absence successfully.
The Raiders are really bad. The Bears are playing without their starting QB. Bears I guess…?
Since Jay Cutler won't be returning, which is extremely unfortunate for the Bears, I have to give this one to the Raiders.
New England Patriots at Philadelphia Eagles
Without Tom Brady, the Patriots are a .500 team at best. Good thing they have Tom Brady.
New England has won a couple in a row, but I'm betting on Vince Young, Michael Vick, or both of them playing well this week in Philadelphia.
If Vince Young starts, the Eagles will lose. If Michael Vick starts, the Eagles will still lose.
This is going to be a good game, but I have to go with the Patriots because I feel that they are making a comeback after a few bad games.
Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers
I'm so confused. Is Tim Tebow good or bad? Stop playing mind games!
The only thing Tim Tebow is good at is winning. Somehow, he just gets the job done.
Tebow is a winner and the Chargers have an uncanny knack of finding a way to lose. The Broncos will move into first with a win.
Denver's passing game is too good, and the Chargers' secondary won't be able to keep up.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs picked up former Bronco Kyle Orton to replace injured Matt Cassel, but that won't make any difference against the Steelers. Pittsburgh improves to 8-3.
It looked like the Chiefs had a chance last week, until their awful second half. Pittsburgh will win this easily.
The Chiefs got smashed by the Patriots on Monday night, and now they'll get smashed by the Steelers on national television for the second week in a row.
This matchup is kind of a joke. I think it's pretty obvious that the Steelers are going to take this one.
Monday, Nov. 28
New York Giants at New Orleans Saints
New Orleans has won two straight and just had a bye week, while the Giants lost to the 4-6 Eagles in week 11. As long as Drew Brees airs it out, as he usually does, the Saints should take care of the G-Men.
Breesy's got it. This loss, with the Cowboys' loss and Eagles' and Redskins' wins, will make the NFC a lot closer, making for a very interesting month of December.
If anybody can beat the undefeated Packers, it's the Saints. Meanwhile, the Giants loss to Philadelphia was more than pathetic. The Giants can keep it close, but a Saints win is assured.
Eli Manning throws at least two picks. Drew Brees isn't making much of a splash this season, but I have faith in him for this Monday night matchup.
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