Amid the Action: Thanksgiving Football 2015
November 25, 2015
Turkey, TV and touchdowns make the perfect Thanksgiving combo. Here are my picks for Thursday’s action.
Lions will beat Eagles
On Thursday, Nov. 26, the Philadelphia Eagles will travel to Detroit and play the Lions.
The Eagles are 4-6, and are in third place in their conference, NFC East. They recently played the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, getting smashed, 45-17. Ouch.
The Lions are 3-7 and are in fourth place in NFC North. Detroit just beat the Raiders 18-13 at Ford Field in Michigan.
Sam Bradford leads Philadelphia in passing. He has 2,297 yards, completing 214 out of 335 passes. He has 11 touchdown passes on the season. Those statistics aren’t bad, but there’s a catch. In this recent loss to Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Bradford didn’t play due to a shoulder injury, and Mark Sanchez filled his spot on Sunday. But he has started practicing again as of today.
The leading rusher for the Eagles is ex-Cowboy DeMarco Murray. On the season, Murray has 515 yards on 141 carries. He is averaging over three yards per carry and has four rushing touchdowns on the season.
Jordan Matthews leads Philadelphia in receiving. He has 565 yards on the season with 55 catches, averaging 10.3 yards per catch. Matthews has two touchdowns on the season.
Matthew Stafford leads the Lions in passing. Stafford has completed 239 out of 372 attempts and has 2,607 yards this year. He also has 15 touchdowns on the season.
Rookie Ameer Abdullah leads the Lions in rushing. The rookie running back has 284 yards on 80 carries. Abdullah averages over three yards per carry and has one touchdown on the season.
Shockingly–not really–Calvin “Megatron” Johnson leads the team in receiving. Johnson has 59 catches for 828 yards. He is averaging 14 yards per catch and has three touchdowns on the season.
In this game, I’m going with the Lions. They just won a game at home, and they’ll be playing there again. I think Detroit has momentum on their side. Yes, it’s true the Eagles were playing without their starting quarterback, but that doesn’t excuse the defense.
The Tampa Bay offense does not have the same weapons that Detroit has to offer. Sam Bradford should be back, but he’s coming off an injury, and now he has to travel from the East Coast to the North. The Lions are at home, and will be ready.
Update: Lions 45, Eagles 14
Panthers will advance to 11-0
On Thursday, Nov. 26 the Carolina Panthers will fly to two destinations: to Dallas to play the Cowboys, and another destination to be announced, a soon-to-be 11-0 season.
The Panthers triumphed over the Washington Redskins, beating them 44-16, improving to 10-0.
The Cowboys just came off a win against the Miami Dolphins, 24-14. In that game, they finally got Tony Romo back after he was sidelined with an injury. Dallas sits at 3-7.
Carolina leads in passing by Cam Newton, who looks like he could win MVP this year. Newton is 174 for 306 on passing attempts and has racked up 2,283 yards this season. He also has 20 touchdowns so far this year.
Jonathan Stewart leads the team in rushing, collecting 764 yards on 190 carries. Stewart is averaging four yards per carry and has four touchdowns on the season.
Tight End Greg Olsen leads the team in receiving with 48 catches for 718 yards. Olsen is averaging 15 yards per catch and has six touchdowns on the season.
Matt Cassel, who filled in for Romo while he was out with an injury, leads Dallas in passing. This season Cassel has thrown for 809 yards and completing 74 out of 119 attempts. He has four touchdowns on the season.
Former Raider Darren McFadden leads Dallas in rushing. McFadden has carried the ball 159 times for 623 yards and is averaging almost four yards per carry. McFadden has two touchdowns on the season.
Tight End Jason Witten leads the team in receiving. Witten has 472 yards on 51 catches. He is currently averaging over nine yards per catch and has two touchdowns on the season.
For this game, I’m taking the Panthers. Yes, it’s true that Dallas is getting Tony Romo back, but this will only be his second game back, and it’s not like he beat an amazing team. Let’s be honest, Miami is terrible.
The Panthers beat down a team that wasn’t very good either, but they’re on a roll. Cam Newton is looking like an All-Star, and Dallas is going to have a hard time keeping him down.
Update: Panthers 33, Cowboys 14
Oldest rivalry in the book
Bears and Packers
On Thursday, Nov. 26, Jay Cutler and his Chicago Bears will travel to Green Bay to play Aaron Rogers and the Packers. This is probably the oldest rivalry in the league and what better time to revisit it than Thanksgiving?
The Packers just snapped their 3-game losing streak, beating another division rival, the Minnesota Vikings, by a score of 30-13. They now sit at 7-3 and are first in NFC North.
The Chicago Bears just lost their most recent game to the Denver Broncos, who played back-up Brock Osweiler instead of Peyton Manning. The score was 17-15. That leaves the Bears at 4-6 and they are in third place in NFC North, their division.
The Green Bay Packers are led in passing by Aaron Rogers. Rogers has completed 214 out of 347 passes, collecting 2,482 yards. Rogers has 23 touchdowns on the season.
Eddie Lacy, who finally looked like himself again against the Vikings, leads the team in rushing. Lacy has carried the ball 105 times, amassing 408 yards on the year. He is currently averaging almost four yards per carry and has two touchdowns on the season.
James Jones leads the Packers in receiving. He has 592 yards on 30 catches this year. He is averaging 19.7 yards per catch and has seven touchdowns on the season.
Jay Cutler leads the Chicago Bears in passing. Cutler has 2,310 yards on the season, completing 192 out of 303 passes. He has 13 touchdowns on the season.
Matt Forte leads Chicago in rushing. Forte has picked up 548 yards on the season, carrying the ball 136 times. He is averaging four yards per carry and has two touchdowns on the season.
Alshon Jeffery leads the Bears in receiving. Jeffery has 36 catches for 515 yards, averaging 14.3 yards per catch. He has two touchdowns on the season.
In this game, I’m taking the Packers to win. They are slowly starting to look like themselves, especially with Eddie Lacy getting back on track. The Bears have had some flashes this season, but they won’t do enough to hurt this Green Bay team. If they can’t beat a back-up who had his first start on the Broncos, how in the world are they supposed to stop MVP quarterback Aaron Rogers?
Update: Bears 17, Packers 13