By Brent “The Hawk” Walker
Philadelphia Eagles (4-6) at Detroit Lions (3-7)
Line: DET -2.5
As per tradition the Detroit Lions will be playing on Thanksgiving. Apparently the tradition started in 1934 and with the exception of 1939-1944 during WWII have played every Turkey Day since.
Detroit seems to have tightened up their defense as of late, holding down the Packers and Raiders in back to back games and finds themselves on a two game winning streak.
Philadelphia has not looked good all year and got shellacked 45-17 last week by an average Tampa Bay team behind poor QB play of Mark Sanchez, whom threw 3 picks and is currently playing in place of the injured Sam Bradford. Bradford is not expected to play in this game either.
Carolina Panthers (10-0) at Dallas Cowboys (3-7)
Dallas QB Tony Romo returned last week and led his team to a 24-14 win. This means that the Cowboys are 3-0 with Romo and 0-7 without him on the season.
Romo looked a little rusty at times in that game but if he is going to have any chance against an undefeated Panthers team he better hope all that rust is gone.
I feel like I have picked against Carolina a lot this year and keep getting it wrong so I guess I will change my tactic and pick them in this one. Trust me though they will not go undefeated this year. A loss is coming soon.
Chicago Bears (4-6) at Green Bay Packers (7-3)
Line: GB -9.0
Line: GB -9.0
Chicago lost a close one last week to the Broncos and Brock Osweiller by a score of 17-15.
Meanwhile Green Bay snapped a 3 game losing streak with a pretty convincing 30-13 win over a Vikings team that was on a 5 game winning streak. Green Bay appears to be back on track and as I stated in week 1, which was the last time these two teams played, Aaron Rodgers has owned Jay Cutler over the years. No reason to think that changes.
Pick: Packers 31 Bears 17