By Scott Taylor and Dave Petrishen
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. It’s Turducken Day and we want to celebrate it by presenting to you, three winning selections in our ongoing 2013 Prognostications Series.
Trouble is, our “experts,” The Coach and Dr. Football can’t agree on two of Thursday’s outcomes. Seems The Ol’ Doc likes Green Bay, Dallas and Pittsburgh while The Coach prefers the Lions, Dallas and Baltimore.
But that’s what the NFL has come to. If the NFL playoffs started today, Denver (9-2), New England (8-3), Kansas City (9-2), Indianapolis (7-4), Cincinnati (7-4) and Tennessee (5-6) – 5-6!? – would represent the AFC while Seattle (10-1), New Orleans (9-2), San Francisco (7-4), Carolina (8-3), Detroit (6-5) and Dallas (6-5) – 6-5!? – would represent the NFC. In the AFC, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, San Diego and the stinkin’ New York Jets, all at 5-6, are in the hunt. That’s crazy. So many bad teams, so few playoff spots.
The NFL likes to call it parity. I like to call it bad football.
Of course, to be fair, Week 12 was not a good week for our two dunderheads and the less said the better. The Ol’ Doc was 7-7 (113-63) straight up and 9-5 (85-91) against the spread while The Coach was 6-8 (113-63) straight up and 4-10 (90-86) against the spread.
This week, The Doc writes our confused rationalizations while The Coach whines and eats Pork Rinds. Here’s our look at Thanksgiving Thursday. Hope you have a wonderful holiday:
Green Bay Packers (5-5-1) at Detroit Lions (6-5) Line: Lions by 6.
Matt Flynn came off the bench last week for the Packers and almost beat the Vikings, but as we have seen with other benchwarmers this season, the second act is the toughest. The other Matt, Matthew Stafford seems to love to toss interceptions and let the lowly Buccaneers beat the Lions last week. Home field advantage doesn’t mean much for the Lions on Thanksgiving, they’re record is below .500 (33-37-2) It’s the 21st time that these two off on Turkey Day, which is more than any two other opponents in league history. Detroit has the advantage with an 11-8-1 record, but the Packers have won the last three matchups. It will happen again. The Coach says: The Lions. This week for sure.
The Doc: TAKE THE PACKERS IN THE UPSET.
The Coach: TAKE THE LIONS TO WIN AND COVER
Oakland Raiders (4-7) at Dallas Cowboys (6-5) Line: Cowboys by 9.5.
Oakland surprised many this year, but has stumbled as of late dropping three of their last four. The Cowboys take Thanksgiving Day games very seriously and have a 28-15-1 record. The Cowboys destroy teams with losing records, especially when there’s a Texas size feed waiting for them after. The Coach says: The Raiders just aren’t very good. Again.
The Doc: TAKE THE COWBOYS TO WIN AND COVER.
The Coach: TAKE THE COWBOYS TO WIN AND COVER
Pittsburgh Steelers (5-6) at Baltimore Ravens (5-6) Line: Ravens by 3.
The Ravens only Thanksgiving Day game resulted in a win, and the Steelers have lost 4 out of six. Both teams have identical records, making this an important AFC match up. The Steelers have won three straight, and have Big Ben’s passing game clicking once again. The Steelers had the Ravens number in Week 7, I think they’ll take the season series, and effectively knock the Ravens out of playoff contention. The Coach says: Home team.
The Doc: TAKE THE STEELERS IN AN UPSET.
The Coach: TAKE THE RAVENS TO WIN AND COVER