Three televised games on Friday – Turkey Day in the USA
First course – Mushroom Soup
Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions Friday 6.30am NZ time
The Vikings head to the Detroit Lions (a perennial Thanksgiving team) to puts a fork in their playoff chances.
The Vikings are seen have a potential quarterback controversy on their hands with first choice Teddy Bridgewater back from his season off last year with a serious injury and are now relying on third string journeyman Case Keenum. Keenum has been better than a backup and has the Vikings in a lead off position for the playoffs. Under centre on the other side is the NFL’s highest paid quarterback in Matt Stafford. He had all the skills however at times lets the Lions down. It’s between these two for a NFC North title and on a day of thanks expect no mercy from the Vikings who are 2.5 point favourites. Their offence should be too good here.
Second course – Turkey and all the trimmings
Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas Cowboys Friday 10.30am NZ time
Americas team, the Dallas Cowboys are another Thanksgiving tradition and here they host the LA Chargers. Don’t let the previous week’s score lines deceive here. The Cowboys got a walloping from the Philadelphia Eagles last week however they are the best team in the NFC at the moment and maybe the NFL. The Cowboys are not the same without suspended Ezekiel Elliott however on paper they should be too strong at home for the Chargers. They in themselves put 57 points on the Buffalo Bills last week however when they pick 5 interceptions off a rookie quarterback in the first half what do you expect ? This game is a pick ‘em (dead even odds). The line on this two weeks would have had Dallas as a strong home favorites and this should still be the case. Take the Cowboys
Dessert – Pumpkin Pie
New York Giants at Washington Redskins Friday 2.30pm NZ time
A NFC East divisional clash has he Giants travelling to the inconsistent Redskins for the final Thanksgiving serving. The Giants have been nothing more than awful this season and last week managed a fluky second win of the season against a well out of sorts Kansas City Chiefs. A mass clean out top to bottom should occur at the Giants come season end however there is always what to do with a quarterback in Eli Manning who has two Superbowl rings to his name – and he can still look good. The Redskins were unfortunate overtime losers to the New Orleans Saints last week. Inconsistency is their strength and has been for a while now. Just when they look as though its al coming together they lay an egg. Seen as 7.5 point favorites at home they should win by that. Last week loss will be hurting and a rabid capitol crowd post Turkey Day dinner should spur them on.