It is that time of the year, where we get to indulge in food, football, and family. It should be like that every Sunday, but today on Thanksgiving, makes it that much more special. For the second year in a row, we will be entertained with an all NFC affair. This also marks the tenth consecutive season in which we have a triple header. What was the NFL thinking before 2006? Whatever the case may be, here is our preview for today’s action.
Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions – 12:30pm (FOX)
For two teams that had the playoffs on their minds entering the season, it could not have turned out worse for these two teams. The Lions started the season off 1-7 and have one of the worst run defenses in the league. Matthew Stafford has almost as many INT’s (12) as he does TD (15) and Calvin Johnson has just three of those scores. For the Eagles and Chip Kelly, Mark Sanchez has been named the starter. Sitting at 4-6 and playing in a weak NFC East conference, anything is possible for this team. We can all agree that Kelly botched up the trade sending Nick Foles to St. Louis for Sam Bradford. Did he really think the immobile Bradford could run his system.
You have to think this game may have some extra meaning for the Lions as they play at home on a national holiday in front of their home fans. The Lions will pick up their third consecutive win and improve to four wins on the season. Are the playoffs out of the picture for the Lions and Jim Caldwell? Only time can tell, only time can tell.
Carolina Panthers at Dallas Cowboys – 4:30pm (FOX)
Skip Bayless may have a hard on for this game. His boy Tony Romo is making his second straight start after coming back from injury. While the Cowboys picked up the last weekend against Miami, Romo did not have the comeback game he was planning for. Nevertheless, the Cowboys are 3-7 and still have a playoff chance. For the Carolina Panthers, it is all about MVP candidate Cam Newton. The face of the franchise has shut his critics up with both his play on and off the field. Newtown has thrown for 20 touchdowns through the air and has rushed for 6 more on the ground. With the lack of a star wide receiver, Newton has spread the ball around.
Cam Newton will not allow this Panthers team to lose on national tv, but don’t be surprised if Tony Romo makes some magic and puts an end to Carolina’s perfect season.
Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers – 8:30pm (NBC)
Jay Cutler had played well in weeks 8 and 9, throwing for 600 yards with 5 touchdowns and just one interception, with resulting in wins over San Diego and St. Louis. Then Cutler got the chance to play against his former team in the Broncos week 10, and laid a goose egg against a back up quarterback. Cutler threw for 265 yards and just one pick. The same old Bears. The Packers and Aaron Rodgers are now back in first place after they took care of business last Sunday against the Vikings. These two teams met back in week 1 with the Pakcers coming out on top with a 31-23 win. Rodgers love playing the Bears, where he owns a 13-3 record against the inner division rival.
The Packers are the clear favorite at home and will win this game by 10 points.