Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Spyke's Thanksgiving NFL Predictions: History Repeats Itself on Turkey Day (with a side of Seafood)

Football on Thanksgiving is a timeless tradition.

So pull your turkeys out!

This year we are blessed with three great games, featuring six teams that won last weekend - four of which are on win streaks of three or more games.

Green Bay @ Detroit – 12:30 pm

Green Bay takes their pursuit of perfection on the road against a bumped-and-bruised Lions squad coming off a huge comeback victory over the Panthers. The last time these two teams squared off, Detroit escaped with a 7 – 3 victory over a Packer team lead by Matt Flynn as Aaron Rodgers left with an injury.

Matthew Stafford is nursing a broken index finger on his throwing hand, which did not seem to bother him last week. He should be good to sling it to Calvin.

Running back Jahvid Best is likely to sit this one out with ongoing concussion problems, but Kevin Smith should do well in his stead.

Although the Packer offense is the hottest in the league, this will be the squad’s third game in eleven days - a daunting task for any NFL team.

Not to mention Green Bay’s defense has been underachieving all year, as they continued to struggle last week in a win against the ‘Bucs on Sunday.

The last time an undefeated team played on Thanksgiving was in 1962 when the undefeated Packers were upset by the Lions. It was the Packers' only loss that season, as they went on to win the Super Bowl.

I’m going with history on this one as the Lions bring an end to Green Bay’s 16 game winning streak.

Didn't realize Suh dated Jessica Simpson in college.

Miami @ Dallas – 4:15 pm

Miami and Dallas face off at Cowboy Stadium both entering Turkey Day amidst three-game win streaks.

Big D and Tony Romo are in first place in the NFC East after last week's overtime win against the Skins. Since being blown out by Philly a few weeks back, the C-Boys have looked sharp due in large part to their defense, and a spark-plug, rookie half back named Demarco Murray, who's averaging six yards a carry.

The Dolphins, like their Turkey-Day foes, have looked like a completely different team during their current win streak, which comes after an 0 – 7 start, which also included three losses by three points or less.

Unlike the Kardashians, the Miami coaching staff has finally realized how to utilize Reggie Bush’s talents, and QB Matt Moore has played well - throwing six touchdowns with only one pick so far.

A revitalized defense is also a big reason for the team’s recent success, as they have not allowed a touchdown during the current win streak.

This game will also be closely contested due to the short week to prepare. These teams met on Thanksgiving Day back in 2003 with Miami winning 40 – 21 in convincing fashion. Thanksgiving is a day of history and tradition so I will go with history again, the Fins take down the Boys in a close one.

Dolphins yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!

San Francisco @ Baltimore – 8:20 pm

The NFL scheduled a great night cap to the Turkey Day festivities with the Harbaugh brothers going head to head. Jim and the NFC West-leading Niners bring their 9 – 1 record to Baltimore to face off against John and the AFC North leading Ravens. The Ravens are undefeated at home and the Niners are undefeated on the road, so something’s gotta give!

San Fran has not lost since Week 2 and has not allowed over 20 points since Week 4. Last week, they drubbed the Cardinals with Aaron Smith throwing for 267 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Niners are first in the league in rush defense, a stat which will need to remain pertinent if they hope to knock off Ray Rice and B-more at home.

The Ravens have been an enigma at times this season with big time wins over the Steelers (twice), Cincy, Houston and the Jets, and falling to Tennessee, Seattle and Jacksonville. Last week they knocked of the Bengals late with Rice going over the century mark, tallying two touchdowns as well.

Both defenses are in the Top Five in the league so it will likely hit the under.

This one is going to be an instant classic as Jim gets the best of his older brother and the Niners move to 10 – 1.

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