NFL Pick ’Em — Thanksgiving Special
The NFL Season is flying by. Thanksgiving football is upon us. Three wonderful football games on the slate for Thanksgiving on Thursday. However, due to multiple positive Covid-19 tests on the Baltimore Ravens, their night-cap game against their division rival, Pittsburgh Steelers is in jeopardy.
If that game does get postponed, we will still get to watch Thanksgiving Day staple teams, Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys. The Lions will kick off Thanksgiving football at home against the Texans while the Cowboys draw the afternoon game hosting the Washington Football Team. While these games may look weak on paper, the Dallas and Washington game has massive playoff implications.
As it stands right now, the NFC East may be the most exciting division to watch. Dallas, Washington, and the New York Football Giants all sit with a record of 3–7 while the Eagles lead the division at 6–3–1. Some may say Doug Pederson is a football genius for electing to settle for a tie against the Bengals back in week 3.
I will have my full slate of Sunday picks and results from week 11 out on Friday.
For now, here my Thanksgiving Day NFL predictions.
As always, Spreads and Over/ Under Numbers are Courtesy of ESPN.Com.
Texans @ Lions
- Spread: HOU -3
- O/U: 51.5
After going on a mini win streak to get back in the NFC North playoff picture, the Lions completely derailed against Carolina. They played arguably their worst game of the season as they were blanked by Panthers. The Lions offense looks completely out of sync without star wide receiver, Kenny Golladay who has missed a good portion of this season due to injury. When he is in the lineup, Detroit is 3–2 averaging just over 24 PPG, and when he is out of the lineup, they are 1–4 averaging around 17 PPG. There is no doubt, he is a main catalyst of this offense. His status for Thursday is up in the air as of right now. I still like the Texans to win outright. Deshaun Watson is coming off his best game of the season and will look to build on that this Thursday. I expect to see Watson enjoying some postgame Turkey after a Thanksgiving Day win over Detroit.
Texans -3 | Under 51.5
Washington Football Team @ Cowboys
- Spread: DAL -3
- O/U: 46
The playoff picture in the NFC East is heating up, as is the conversation for a top draft pick for each team in that division. Both teams are coming off victories last week. The Cowboys made a statement with an impressive win over the Vikings and Washington is riding high after their victory over the Bengals. They are tied for 2nd in the division with a 3–7 record, so this is an important game for both organizations. I like the Cowboys offensive weapons over Washington. However, the defensive line for Washington is elite. Luckily for the Cowboys, their offensive line is getting healthy and rounding back into form. I like the Cowboys to dominate the line of scrimmage and take a much-needed victory over their division foe.
Cowboys -3 | Under 46
Ravens @ Steelers
- Spread: PIT -4.5
- O/U: 45
As was previously mentioned, this game is up in the air due to positive coronavirus tests in the Baltimore backfield. Both Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins will likely miss the Thanksgiving Day festivities. This makes Gus Edwards a great option if you play DFS or season long fantasy football. However, the Steelers defense has been among the NFL’s best all season. Their offense is nothing to scoff at either. Big Ben has a multitude of weapons at wide receiver with the emergence of rookie, Chase Claypool. I don’t think the Ravens defense will be able to contain the high-powered attack from Pittsburgh. On the other side of the ball, the Ravens offense has not found their footing 11 weeks into the season, I do not think they find it here. I like the Steelers in a landslide.
Steelers -4 | Over 45