Because a Thursday night football game each week is obviously not enough, now that it’s a holiday, circumstances absolutely demand 12 full hours.
Thank you, NFL.
After all, everybody knows that holidays and football go together like turkey and dressing.
Also, now that it’s the third Thursday in November, we can all be thankful for the end of those byes, which players need and fans simply tolerate. Back to 16 games per weekend (Thursdays included) until the end of January.
Texans at Lions - Now that we’ve squeezed in a few hours of the Macy’s Parade, it’s time to take a bite or two during our annual pilgrimage into Detroit while we see the home team get their wishbones split.
Can the league’s schedule-makers not come up with a way to give Detroit a reasonable chance to win in what usually turns out to be their one and only chance to appear on national TV?
Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but not by much, sad to say.
Houston’s defense has to really be open to serious questions now given their performance against what had been a persistently weak Jacksonville offensive attack.
I mean, when you make Chad Henne look like a Pro Bowl candidate, something serious has got to be going wrong.
Detroit can put up the yardage, but they are so heavily dependent on the passing game it’s easier for defenses with strong fronts to take over the game, thus presenting a perfect opportunity for J.J. (S)Watt and his friends.
If Matthew Stafford plays well, the Lions are in this to the end. Unfortunately he hasn’t had many of those, and none against teams with a defensive front seven like Houston’s.
Redskins at Cowboys - The post meal snooze-fest finds its perfect match in this fitful nightmare of a contest between two desperate (or worse) teams.
How many picks will Romo throw before the last one gets him? How many licks will RG3 take trying to go speedy around the edge before his next concussion puts him on the PUP list?
The show is always pretty good when you play the palace, but if Dallas would improve their game we would all be a lot more satisfied after an expensive day at Jerry’s World.
Picking against Detroit at home on Thanksgiving is almost a tradition. Picking against Dallas is getting to be. You just can’t trust Dallas enough to make some plays nearly as much as you can to mess more than a few of them up.
Patriots at Jets - With or without a Gronk, New England’s got way, way, way too much offense for anything New York can stop this season.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving everybody! Tell someone you love them…and mean it.