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Thanksgiving Day NFL Preview

by Photo of Rob Rubinstein

We break down the three NFL games taking place on Turkey Day.

Thanksgiving Day NFL Preview

Football and Thanksgiving go together like turkey and gravy; it's the essential ingredient to a truly awesome holiday. All three NFL games tomorrow are intriguing in their own way. Two teams have comfortable leads in their respective divisions and the rest still have hope and aspirations of reaching the postseason.

The first game features the (4-6) Detroit Lions hosting the (9-1) Houston Texans. The Lions are one of the two teams that traditionally play on Thanksgiving Day. They hold a record of 33-37-2 on this day, which doesn't seem too bad considering they are currently on an eight game losing streak. The last time the Lions won a game on Thanksgiving was back in 2003 when they defeated the Green Bay Packers by the score of 22-14. 

Unfortunately for Lions fans it looks like the losing streak will reach nine games tomorrow. The Texans, who are playing in their first ever game on Thanksgiving, aren't the number one team in the AFC by accident. Arian Foster is the undisputed MVP on the offensive side of the ball for Houston. I wouldn't be surprised if he torches the Lions suspect run defense and accumulates over 200 all-purpose yards. The Houston defense, which is ranked 4th in the league in terms of points allowed, will make things difficult for Matthew Stafford who's had an up-and-down year to this point. J.J. Watt might be the defensive player of they year and look for him to make a major impact in this game. Detroit struggles to run the ball so it's up to Stafford and the below average defense to keep the Lions afloat.

My Prediction: Texans 34 - Lions 17

Next, the (5-5) Dallas Cowboys host the (4-6) Washington Redskins. The Cowboys have consistently shared Thanksgiving Day with the Lions. Unlike Detroit, Dallas has grown accustomed to winning on this day and their 28-15-1 Thanksgiving Day record proves that. The Redskins are playing in their 7th Thanksgiving Day game. With a record of 1-6, Washington has struggled mightily in the past on this day. This game is very intriguing because both teams have a shot at catching the division-leading (6-4) New York Giants. The Giants poor play of late has opened the door up for the rest of the division outside of the hapless Philadelphia Eagles. With a win, the Cowboys can come within a 1/2 game of the Giants who host the Green Bay Packers this upcoming Sunday night. Tony Romo will look to exploit the vulnerable Washington secondary. The key for Dallas is to minimize the turnovers, which seems to always be their achilles heel. For the Redskins, they need a big time performance out of their stud rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, which I think they will get it.

My Prediction: Redskins 27 - Cowboys 24

The nightcap features the (4-6) New York Jets hosting the (7-3) New England Patriots. This Thanksgiving Night game was put into place back in 2006 and it's been around ever since. In my opinion, this game is the far more interesting than the other two and it's the one I look forward to watching the most. The Patriots are well on their way to winning nine of their last ten AFC east division titles, regardless of the outcome of this game. New England has won four in a row going into tomorrow nights game and the Jets are coming off their biggest win of the year to this point against the St. Louis Rams this past Sunday. The number one key matchup in this game is the Patriots defense vs the Jets offense. Both units have struggled in their respective ways. New England's pass defense has been brutal of late giving up big plays and a ton of points. The Jets offense is anemic most of the time, which has been well documented. If Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell struggle the Jets will have to rely on the rather unreliable Mark Sanchez. In Sanchez's defense, he has played well against the Patriots in the past. It's inevitable that Tom Brady and Co. will score at a decent rate, despite the loss of Rob Gronkowski, so if the Jets running game is a no show then it will be up to Sanchez to lead the Jets to victory.

My Prediction: Patriots 31 - Jets 27

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