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When it comes to Thanksgiving, I don’t think the sheer awesomeness of the day can be overstated.
No day with a possible routine like this could be: Wake up, football, eat, football, beer, football, eat, beer, beer, football, beer, unconsciousness, beer, football, eat, beer.
That could be the whole day and no one can shoot you disapproving looks about it.
There are no silly annoyances like showers or nice clothes or healthy, portion-controlled dieting. Just gorging on food and beer until one literally cannot move, followed by the catching of one’s breath, and by that time it’s only around 6 o’clock, meaning the whole night is still on the horizon, provided you can be anything but horizontal.
What a great day to remember that life can be very, very awesome.
This Thanksgiving, we actually have some pretty decent football games to watch between naps. Let’s have a look at them.
Note: I didn’t notice the symmetry of these games record-wise until writing them all out. It’s a weird, unrelated, unimportant Thanksgiving miracle! Also, click for the TV and spread info for each Thanksgiving Day game.
New England Patriots (8-2) at Detroit Lions (2-8)
They’ve lost three games in a row, but the Lions are still not a team you want to fool around with, especially on their big day of the year, Thanksgiving.
That said, Bill Belichick probably has banned his Patriots, fresh off an energy-draining home win over Indianapolis, from leaving New England Patriot facilities while they try and successfully navigate this short preparation week. They certainly aren’t getting any turkey until the game is over. They can’t afford to be sleepy.
Halftime entertainment: Kid Rock. Unless, in an attempt to inspire all of Detroit, he brings out some “Bawitdaba,” I can’t see myself getting too excited over this choice.
- Lions-Patriots Prediction: Patriots 33, Lions 20.
- Lions-Patriots Spread Pick: Patriots -7
- Lions-Patriots Over-Under Pick: Over 51
New Orleans Saints (7-3) at Dallas Cowboys (3-7)
The Cowboys will look to continue getting their fans’ hopes up for a late season push to just outside of the playoffs with a win over the defending champs.
New Orleans has played better in the last month and should have a few turnover opportunities thrown their way with Mr. Jon Kitna lining up under center.
Also, this game has the feel of one in which all the talk centers around the Cowboy’s “resurgence” and then ends in a twenty-point Saint victory. But heck, we’ll go with one more Thanksgiving miracle.
Halftime entertainment: Keith Urban. A safe country selection. If you ask me, it’s about time they toned down the halftime show in Dallas. That Daughtry performance last year got a little crazy for my tastes.
- Cowboys-Saints Prediction: Cowboys 25, Saints 24.
- Cowboys-Saints Spread Pick: Cowboys +3
- Cowboys-Saints Over-Under Pick: Under 50
Cincinnati Bengals (2-8) at New York Jets (8-2)
Thanksgiving or not, this is one of those NFL Network games that reminds me how often I really don’t care if I have the NFL Network. Even if I find myself in a bar on Thursday night, I doubt it will make a difference to me if either this game is on or “Seinfeld” reruns on mute.
Not even the Jets and their down-to-the-wire tendencies can make the quickly unraveling Bengals interesting for an entire game, can they? Definitely not any more interesting than a Pigman, I don’t believe.
- Bengals-Jets Prediction: Jets 27, Bengals 10.
- Bengals-Jets Spread Pick: Jets -9
- Bengals-Jets Over-Under Pick: Under 43.5
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Hold the cranberry sauce.
**Calvin Johnson photo courtesy of Rick Stewart/Getty Images.
**Garrett/Kitna photo courtesy of the AP.
**Holmes photo courtesy of Jim McIsaac/Getty Images.
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