The Cardinals came through for us last week, and this week we’re putting our picks up early to keep the Thanksgiving Day games on the table.
1. Dallas over Oakland – This pick looks a little scary on the surface since the Cowboys have scored just 14 points in the last put forth good efforts on the road this year, and the Cowboys have a good recent history of taking care of business on Thanksgiving at home against bad teams. So we’ll use the Cowboys here and save some more powerful teams for the future.
2. Cincinnati over Cleveland – The Bengals are coming off a bad loss, but they’ll bounce back against the lowly Browns. But we’d prefer to save Cincy for next week’s home game against Detroit. Still, the Bengals are a solid pick this week.
3. Atlanta over Tampa Bay – The Falcons are just 5-5, but they’ve been really good at home this year. A home game against a sorry Bucs team that fired its defensive coordinator this week is a recipe for a win.
Traps to avoid: Green Bay at Detroit, Minnesota vs. Chicago – The Packers should win in Detroit, especially with Matthew Stafford hurt, but Green Bay has already shown they can struggle on the road against a terrible team in its loss at Tampa a few weeks back. On a short week, you should just stay away. The Vikings should roll the Bears, but I have a funny feeling the Bears have a bit of a get-well upset win coming soon. The fact that the Vikings haven’t played a team that is even halfway decent since Week 8 is another small red flag. We won’t pick the upset, but we won’t pick the Vikes in an eliminator challenge either.
Week 11: W Arizona (over St. Louis)
Week 10: W Miami (over Tampa Bay)
Week 9: W Atlanta (over Washington)
Week 8: W Chicago (over Cleveland)
Week 7: W Indianapolis (over St. Louis)
Week 6: L Jets (vs. Buffalo)
Week 5: W Philadelphia (over Tampa Bay)
Week 4: W San Francisco (over St. Louis)
Week 3: L Houston (vs. Jacksonville)
Week 2: L Jacksonville (vs. Arizona)
Week 1: W New Orleans (over Detroit)