Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday by far. An incredible amount of food, family and football. What more can you ask for?
I want to take a look at the three NFL games and give some of my thoughts.
Vikings @ Lions (12:30 p.m.)
Point spread: Lions -2
The Vikings finally won a game last week after dropping four straight after their week six bye week, but they need a win against Detroit to regain sole possession of first place in the NFC North. The Vikings would already hold first place if it weren’t for a devastating loss at home to the Lions on Nov. 6 — Detroit stormed down the field in 23 seconds to kick a game-tying field goal before a 28-yard Golden Tate touchdown won the game in overtime.
In fact, all six of Detroit’s wins this season have included fourth-quarter comebacks. All six. They haven’t won or lost a game by more than one score, and it’s hard to imagine Thursday being any different at this point. They’ve won their last three Thanksgiving Day games after losing the previous nine straight. The Lions are an entertaining team who usually find themselves in close games. This game should set the tone for the game of the day.
Redskins @ Cowboys (4:30 p.m.)
Point spread: Cowboys -6.5
The 9-1 Cowboys haven’t lost since their opener on Sept. 11, and all eyes are on their exciting rookie duo who are seemingly taking over the NFL. The Cowboys have recorded more than 400 yards in eight straight games, tying the 2007 New England Patriots and 2013 Denver Broncos for the longest single-season streak in league history. They likely need to extend that streak to nine games to beat the Redskins, who are coming off a 515-yard outing on Sunday night against the Packers.
The Skins’ win over Green Bay improved their record to 6-3-1, and they have a good shot to narrow the Cowboys’ comfortable lead of the NFC East. Kirk Cousins is starting to quiet the naysayers like me who don’t think he deserves a monster contract in the offseason, and a big win on Thanksgiving would certainly help his cause.
Steelers @ Colts (8:30 p.m.)
Point spread: Steelers -9
I was really excited for this game until Andrew Luck was declared out for a concussion. He and Ben Roethlisberger are top-tier guys, and it’s a rare opportunity to see two of the best go at it.
This game is important for both teams: The 5-5 Steelers can gain a temporary lead on the AFC North, while the 5-5 Colts can match the division-leading Houston Texans with six wins each at the top of the AFC South. It will be up to Colts’ backup QB Scott Tolzien to step up at home for the vacant Luck, while the Steelers come in off their first win in five games Sunday against the Browns.