Amid the Action: Thanksgiving Weekend, 2015
November 27, 2015
I went 2-1 on the Thanksgiving action, and I would’ve called it perfectly if only the Packers hadn’t blanked out in the second half. Looking ahead, here are my predictions for the rest of this weekend, to top off a long holiday weekend.
Jaguars will beat Chargers
On Sunday, the San Diego Chargers will travel to Jacksonville to play the Jaguars. The Chargers recently played the Kansas City Chiefs and lost 33-3. They are now 2-8, and are in fourth place in AFC West. The Jaguars are sitting at 4-6, and are coming off a 19-13 win over the Titans. They are in third place in the AFC South.
Philip Rivers leads San Diego in passing. Rivers has thrown for 3211 yards this season, completing 288 out of 420 passes and has 19 touchdowns on the season.
Rookie Melvin Gordon leads the team in rushing. He has carried the ball 129 times, and has 450 yards rushing. Gordon is averaging three and a half yards per carry.
Keenan Allen is the team’s number one receiver and has 67 catches on the year for 725 yards. Allen is averaging over 10 yards per catch and has four touchdowns on the season.
Blake Bortles leads the Jacksonville Jaguars in passing completing 218 out of 386 passes this year with 2623 yards. He has 20 touchdowns on the season.
T.J. Yeldon leads the team in rushing with 585 yards this season on 147 carries. He is averaging four yards per carry and has one touchdown on the season.
Allen Robinson leads the team in receiving and has caught 50 catches this year for a total of 871 yards. He averages over 17 yards per catch and has seven touchdowns on the season.
For this game, I’m taking the Jaguars. The Chargers have been struggling to move the ball and former all star college running back, Melvin Gordon, has not been much help at all. The Jaguars aren’t very good either, but at the same time they look better than San Diego. That doesn’t say much, but it’s enough for them to win on Sunday.
Update: Chargers 31, Jaguars 25
Vikings will beat Falcons
The Minnesota Vikings will travel to Atlanta on Sunday to play Matt Ryan and the Falcons. The Vikings are 7-3 and are second in their conference, NFC North. In their most recent game, they lost to division rival Packers by a score of 30-13. The Falcons are 6-4, and are also second in their division, NFC South. They lost to the Colts on Sunday by a score of 24-21.
The Vikings are led in passing by second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who played college football at Louisville. Bridgewater has completed 188 out of 291 passes for 2106 yards. He has eight touchdowns on the season.
Unsurprisingly, the Vikings are led in rushing by Adrian Peterson, who has rushed 208 times this season, collecting 1006 yards. Peterson currently averages over four yards per carry and has six touchdowns so far this year.
Stefon Diggs leads the team in receiving. Diggs has caught 36 passes so far this season for 573 yards. He is averaging 15.9 yards per catch this year and has two touchdowns.
Atlanta is led in passing by quarterback Matt Ryan. Ryan has thrown for 2982 yards this season. He has completed 264 out of 403 passes this season. He also has 15 touchdowns on the season.
Rookie Devonta Freeman leads the team in rushing. Freeman has carried the ball 167 times this season, picking up 764 yards. Currently, he averages over four yards per carry and has nine touchdowns on the season.
Julio Jones is the team’s number one receiver. On the season Jones has caught 89 passes for a total of 1189 yards. He averages 13.4 yards per catch and has six touchdowns on the season.
For this game I’m taking the Vikings. They have a stronger defense and have more weapons offensively than the Falcons. Teddy Bridgewater can be a dual threat when protected and he also can hand the ball off to Adrian Peterson, who is a monster. In the passing game, the Falcons only have Julio Jones. The Vikings have Stefon Diggs as well as Tight End Kyle Rudolph. Devonta Freeman is a good running back, but the Vikings defensive line should keep him quiet this game.
Update: Vikings 20, Falcons 10
Bengals will beat Rams
On Sunday, the St. Louis Rams will travel to Cincinnati to play the Bengals. The Rams just came off a loss to the Baltimore Ravens. In the final seconds of the game, Baltimore’s Justin Tucker kicked a field goal, pushing them to victory. The final score of the game was 16-13. The Bengals just played the Arizona Cardinals, and lost 34-31. The Rams are currently 4-6 and are third in NFC West. The Bengals are 8-2 and are first in their division, AFC North.
Former Eagle, Nick Foles, leads St. Louis in passing. Foles has thrown for 1,678 yards this season, completing 145 out of 256 attempts. He has seven touchdowns on the season.
Rookie Todd Gurley, former Georgia Bulldog, leads the team in rushing this year. Gurley has run the ball 155 times, collecting 775 yards. He is averaging five yards per carry this season and has six touchdowns under his belt.
Kenny Britt leads the Rams in receiving. Britt has caught 18 passes for 341 yards this season. Currently, he averages 18.9 yard per catch and he has one touchdown on the season.
Andy Dalton, aka the “Red Rifle”, leads the Bengals in passing. Dalton has completed 218 out of 335 passes for 2,738 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Giovani Bernard leads Cincinnati in rushing. Bernard has 565 rushing yards this season on 105 carries. He is currently averaging 5.4 yards per carry and has two touchdowns this year.
A.J. Green leads the team in receiving. Green has 848 yards, catching 59 passes. He is currently averaging 14.4 yards per catch and has four touchdowns on the season.
For this game I’m taking the Bengals. They’re obviously mad from a loss to the Cardinals, and they’ll be playing at home. The Rams pass defense isn’t half as good as the Cardinals. When Andy Dalton settles down he makes big plays. However, expect Bernard to have some trouble as he rushes against the Rams notorious defensive line with names like Robert Quinn and Aaron Donald. Todd Gurley can possibly have a great game, but can’t put the whole team on his back.
Browns will beat Ravens
On Monday night the Baltimore Ravens will clash against the Cleveland Browns in an AFC North battle. The Ravens are 3-7 and are in third place in the AFC North division. The Browns are 2-8 and are in fourth place in AFC North.
Joe Flacco, Super Bowl 47 MVP, leads the Ravens in passing with 2791 passing yards on the season. Flacco has completed 226 out of 413 passes and has 14 touchdowns this year.
Justin Forsett leads the Ravens in rushing and has carried the ball 151 times for a total of 641 yards. Right now, he is averaging over four yards per carry and has two touchdowns on the season.
Steve Smith leads Baltimore in receiving and has caught 46 passes this year for a total of 670 yards. He is averaging over 14 yards per catch this season and has three touchdowns on the year.
Josh McCown leads the Browns in passing this season and has thrown for 1,897 yards this year, completing 165 out of 254 passes. He has 11 touchdowns on the season.
Cleveland is led in rushing by Isaiah Crowell. Crowell has run the ball 107 times, wracking up 328 yards on the ground. Currently, he averages over three yards per carry and has one touchdown this year.
Travis Benjamin leads the team in receiving this season and has caught 48 passes this season with a total of 736 receiving yards. Benjamin is currently averaging over 15 yards per catch and has four touchdowns on the year.
For this game, I’m taking the Browns. I would have picked the Ravens, but Joe Flacco suffered a torn ACL last game against the Rams. His backup? Matt Schaub, and Schaub is terrible. He’s been with Oakland, Tennessee and even Atlanta. With all those teams, he’s been terrible. Those defensive backs on the Browns will be licking their chops.
Update: Ravens 33, Browns 27
Buccaneers will move to 6-5
On Sunday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will travel to Lucas Oil Stadium to play the Indianapolis Colts. The Buccaneers just smashed Mark Sanchez and the Eagles 45-17. Jameis Winston threw FIVE touchdowns and Doug Martin rushed for over 200 yards. Tampa Bay is now at 5-5, and is in third place in NFC South. The Colts just came over a victory the Atlanta Falcons, 24-21 with Ahmad Bradshaw getting a piece of the action. They are 5-5 and are first in AFC South.
The Buccaneers are led by a rookie out of Florida State, Jameis Winston. Winston has thrown for 2405 yards, completing 183 out of 314 passes. He has 15 touchdowns on the season.
Doug Martin leads the team in rushing. Martin has amassed 941 yards on the season, carrying the ball 188 times. He is averaging five yards per carry and has 3 touchdowns on the season.
Former Texas A&M wide-out, Mike Evans, leads Tampa Bay in receiving. Evans has caught 44 catches this season for 725 yards. He is averaging 16.5 yards per catch and has two touchdowns this season.
Andrew Luck leads the Colts in passing, completing 162 out of 293 passes for 1881 yards. He has 15 touchdowns on the season.
Former 49ers running back (and they sure are missing him), Frank Gore, has carried the ball 162 times this year, and has 633 yards. He averaging almost four yards per carry and has four touchdowns on the season.
T.Y. Hilton leads the team in receiving. He has 724 yards this season, catching 45 passes and is averaging 16.1 yards per catch. Hilton has three touchdowns so far this season.
For this game, I’m taking the Buccaneers. The Colts will be at home, but they’re missing one major piece of the puzzle. Andrew Luck is hurt, and Matt Hasselbeck is taking snaps. He’s not absolutely horrible, but he’s not on Luck’s level of playing either. Jameis Winston is on fire right now, and Doug Martin is looking great.
NFC East Showdown: Giants will beat Redksins
Good, old-fashioned rivalry. That’s what will be happening when the new Giants play the Washington Redskins on Sunday. The Giants are coming off a bye. In their most recent game, they suffered a heart-breaking 27-26 loss to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, who are currently undefeated. They sit at 5-5 and are first in NFC East. The Redskins were beat down by another undefeated team, the Carolina Panthers, by a score of 44-16. Ouch. Washington is now at 4-6 and is second to the Giants, who are also in the NFC East.
Eli Manning leads the New York Giants in passing. Manning this season has thrown for 2,700 yards. He has completed 248 out of 384 yards and has 21 touchdowns on the season.
Rashad Jennings leads the team in rushing. Jennings has carried the ball 105 times for 403 yards. He is averaging almost four yards per carry and has one touchdown on the season.
Odell Beckham leads New York in receiving. Beckham has caught 63 passes this season, amassing 863 yards. He currently averages 13.7 yards per catch and has eight touchdowns this year.
Kirk Cousins, who replaced RG3, leads the team in passing. Cousins has completed 248 out of 363 passes this year, collecting 2,485 yards. He has 15 touchdown passes this season.
Power-back Alfred Morris leads the team in rushing. Morris has 404 yards, running the ball 112 times. He is averaging over three yards per carry.
For this game, I’m taking the Giants. I feel like this game is going to be close, but the Giants are the better team overall. Larry Donnell and Odell Beckham are going to have big days. Expect some production from Hakeem Nicks, who they recently resigned. Kirk Cousins won’t be playing against a defense like Carolina’s, but this defense certainly has a nose for the ball.
Bills will beat Chiefs
The Buffalo Bills will visit Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday to play Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs are coming off a large 33-3 victory over fellow division rival the Chargers. They are 5-5 and are second in the AFC West division. The Bills are coming off a stinging 20-13 loss to the New England Patriots. They are also 5-5 and are second in their respective division, AFC East.
The Bills are led in passing by former Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Taylor has thrown for 1669 yards this season, completing 144 out of 212 passes and has thrown 11 touchdowns.
Former Eagle LeSean McCoy leads the Bills in rushing. He ran for 610 yards on 133 carries and is averaging over four yards per carry this year with three touchdowns on the season.
Charles Clay leads Buffalo in receiving and has caught 41 passes this season for 422 yards. He is averaging over 10 yards per catch and has two touchdowns on the season.
Kansas City is led by former 49er Alex Smith in passing. Smith has completed 207 out of 324 passes for 2426 yards and has ten touchdowns on the season.
Charcandrick West, who’s filling in for Jamaal Charles, now leads the team in rushing. West has carried the ball 98 times for 373 yards and averages almost four yards per carry. He has three touchdowns on the season.
Travis Kelce leads the Chiefs in receiving and has caught 50 passes this year for 620 yards. He is averaging over 12 yards per catch and has three touchdowns on the season.
For this game, I’m taking the Bills. They are a solid, competitive team and they’re still mad about losing to the Patriots. The Chiefs cruised to an easy win over the struggling Chargers and are about to get punched in the mouth from a hungry Bills team.
Update: Chiefs 30, Bills 22