Houston Texans @ Detroit Lions
The niche pick here is the Lions. They are at home on Thanksgiving and played a close game against the Packers, while the Texans are coming off their worst performance of the year, narrowly escaping with a win in Jacksonville. I’ll trade the one week sample, for the 11 week body of work.
Washington Redskins @ Dallas Cowboys
In what should be a great divisional battle, I would take the +3.5 spread on the Redskins as I see this one going down to the wire. No spread? If there’s one guy who shows up on Thanksgiving it’s DeMarcus Ware.
New England Patriots @ New York Jets
You’ve probably heard that the Patriots offense is run through the Tight End. Well, Rob Gronkowski is out, Aaron Hernandez will play but I can’t imagine he is at 100%. The Jets getting 7.5 points is a great line to take the home team, but straight up, the Pats are still a better team, even without the Gronk.
Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago Bears
Because these picks are going in so early in the week, this is going to be a contingent pick. If Jay Cutler starts, I’ll take the Bears. If not? Vikings.
Pick: Cutler Contingency
Oakland Raiders @ Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals offense is developing every week. Andy Dalton is getting Jermaine Gresham involved more and they continue to execute a balanced attack. The Raiders need a complete organizational overhaul. They need to clean house and hire a coach with some credibility.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cleveland Browns
The Browns played well last week against the Cowboys and The Steelers will be down to their 3rd string QB. What was lost in Sunday nighter last week is how well the Steelers D played. They shut down the Ravens offense, so why should I expect anything better from Brandon Weeden?
Buffalo Bills @ Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck and the Colts are back in the friendly confines of Lucas Oil Stadium where they have been very good all season. The Bills should’ve been better this season. How many years in a row have we been saying that?
Denver Broncos @ Kansas City Chiefs
Brady Quinn gets the start against his old team. Peyton Manning is starting for that old team.
Seattle Seahawks @ Miami Dolphins
The Hawks must travel across the country to play Miami, who typically perform better at home. Seattle’s defense is better equipped to stop the pass, but the Dolphins like to pound the rock and can do it effectively. Expect a smash mouth style game that Miami rallies to win.
Atlanta Falcons @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs are hot going into this week. They are running the ball well with Doug Martin and Josh Freeman has finally started to come on. The Falcons haven’t looked as convincing these last few weeks so like Jim Harbaugh, I’ll ride the hot hand.
Tennessee Titans @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Two teams that have shown zero consistency make this a tough one to predict. I’ll take the Jaguars because they are at home and proved that they can score points on a very sound defense in Houston.
Baltimore Ravens @ San Diego Chargers
Ed Reed is playing and the Ravens know they cannot let the opportunity to win the division slip away. The Steelers will do everything they can to claw their way back.
San Francisco 49ers @ New Orleans Saints
Kaepernick should be named the starter. His performance against the Bears was beyond exceptional and he did it with poise and total control. San Fran will run all over the Saints.
St. Louis Rams @ Arizona Cardinals
I thought the Rams were starting to come together and then they laid an egg against the Jets. If rookie QB Ryan Lindley gets a win over Sam Bradford, I’ll be shocked.
Green Bay Packers @ New York Giants
Aaron Rodgers remembers the playoff defeat last year and will be anxious for payback.
Carolina Panthers @ Philadelphia Eagles
What’s the point in picking the Eagles, they are a disaster. If LeSean McCoy is out, grab Bryce Brown in fantasy football. Had a few breaks gone his way in college, Brown would’ve been a first round draft pick.
Season Record: 102 – 57 – 1