It is Thanksgiving week and that means non-stop football from Thursday through Sunday. Some of those games of course are college football games but it is football nonetheless. 104-70-1 is my record for the year after the Vikings and Packers tied in week 12. The bye weeks are now officially behind us and every team will play each week from here on out.
Nov. 28th Thanksgiving
Packers at Lions 11:30am/CT – The Packers are still without Aaron Rodgers and I don’t think they will get any wins while he is still on the bench. The Lions have been slipping the last couple weeks with losses to the Buccaneers and Steelers. The Lions play on Thanksgiving every year and I think they will have the advantage at home against their divisional foes.
Raiders at Cowboys 3:30pm/CT – The Cowboys are in a fight for the NFC East title and will need every win down the stretch. The Raiders are last in the AFC West and are still trying to find out who their QB of the future is Terrelle Pryor or Matt McGloin. I don’t think the Raiders are good enough to win on the road on a short week so I’ll take the Cowboys.
Steelers at Ravens 7:30pm/CT – These two teams have seemed to find their strides late in the season and are battling it out with numerous other teams for the 6th seed in the AFC playoffs. The Ravens are the more complete team and I think their defense will be able to handle Big Ben. When these two teams meet it always seems to be a good game but I think the Ravens will win at home.
Sunday Dec. 1st
Jaguars at Browns – The Jaguars have met their win total of 2012 and are now looking for their third win of the season. The Browns have shown some promise this season but the QB carrousel has put their offense in a tough spot. I think the Browns defense will pull them through in this game as the Jaguars are not a very tough opponent.
Bears at Vikings – The Bears looked nothing like themselves last week against the Rams and will be looking to bounce back against the Vikings in Minnesota. The Vikings are hard to predict but the Chicago defense has had success against Christian Ponder and I look for that to continue this week.
Titans at Colts – The Colts have looked absolutely awful in the first half of games during the month of November. The Titans currently hold the 6th seed in the AFC and if they are going to make the playoffs they will need this win. The Colts have struggled recently but they will bounce back this week with a statement game.
Cardinals at Eagles – The Eagles are tied for the NFC East lead with the Cowboys but this week they are facing a very tough defense and we will see how well Chip Kelly’s offense matches up with a top tier defense. The Cardinals have won four straight games and I think their winning ways continue in Philly.
Buccaneers at Panthers – The Carolina Panthers are quickly becoming a media darling because of their winning streak. They struggled a bit last week against the Dolphins but ultimately pulled out the win in the finals minutes of the game. The Bucs have put together a couple good wins as well but in this divisional game I think they will struggle.
Patriots at Texans – Andre Johnson put it best when he said “We suck.” That is exactly what the Texans are doing as they have gone from first to worst in the AFC South. The Patriots pulled off one of the best comebacks of the year last week against the Broncos and I doubt they will have trouble with the Texans.
Dolphins at Jets – This game is going to be one full of mistakes and it will be a boring game to say the least. I’m taking a shot in the dark on this one but I think the Dolphins will come out victorious.
Rams at 49ers – The Rams defense has looked very impressive lately and the 49ers offense has become nothing special as the year has progressed. The Rams could be a playoff team if Sam Bradford was not injured. I think the 49ers have the edge at Candlestick Park and will win a low scoring game.
Falcons at Bills – The Falcons continue to disappoint and the Bills are a rebuilding team. The Falcons offense is terrible without Julio Jones and Steven Jackson has been a letdown as well. The Bills play solid defense and if they limit their offensive mistakes they will win this game.
Bengals at Chargers – The Chargers won last week at Arrowhead and ruined my prediction of a perfect home record for the Chiefs. The offense looked good against a banged up Chiefs defense and I think they will have success against the Bengals defense without Geno Atkins. The Bengals have been inconsistent from week to week but I think they take care of business in San Diego.
Broncos at Chiefs – Both of these teams are battling injuries to key players as the Chiefs lost Justin Houston and Tamba Hali last week in a rough loss to the Chargers. The Broncos have injuries to Knowshon Moreno, Champ Bailey, and Kevin Vickerson. I expect this to be a very good game and if the Chiefs crowd gets into it it will be a tough day for Peyton Manning and the Denver offense. I think the Chiefs will have the edge as the Patriots comeback against the Broncos last week will be hard for the Broncos to forget. The winner of this game will be in the drivers seat for the #1 seed and home field advantage in the AFC.
Sunday Night Football
Giants at Redskins – The two worst teams in the leagues worst division face each other in primetime. Hooray!!!! This game will be a bore and I expect the Giants to win since they have found a running game to take the stress off of Eli Manning.
Monday Dec. 2nd
Monday Night Football
Saints at Seahawks – The NFC’s best offense against the NFC’s best defense. This game is going to be an incredible test for both teams and will give us a preview of what these teams will be like in the playoffs. I think the Saints offense is going to be able to put up points on the Seahawks but they will have to keep the turnovers to a minimum. The real key matchup will be the Saints improved defense against Russell Wilson and Percy Harvin. I think the Saints prove they are the best team in the NFC with a tough fought road win.