By Scott Taylor and Dave Petrishen
Looks like somebody is off to a great start.
The Coach just went 3-0 on Thanksgiving Day. Nice start for our leader. And an even better start for the Detroit Lions.
The Lions broke a Thanksgiving losing tradition – nine straight losses on Turducken Day – as Reggie Busch and Matt Stafford overcame a slow start and routed Green Bay. Stafford threw three touchdown passes, including one to Calvin Johnson, Bush had 182 yards of total offense (including 117 rushing) and also scored a TD, as the Lions scored 37 straight points to demolish Green Bay 40-10.
After that, Tony Romo went 23-for-32 for 225 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions as Dallas got past “mighty” Oakland 31-24 at home and lousy Baltimore got field goals from Justin Tuckers (43, 34, 38, 45 and 48 yards) as the Ravens held on a late two-point conversion attempt by the Steelers to edge lousy Pittsburgh 22-20.
The Coach starts 3-0, Dr. Football starts 1-2 and Black Friday isn’t so dark and dreary after all.
Of course, to be fair (and honest), 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, once again, 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:
Tennessee Titans (4-6) at Indianapolis Colts (7-3) Line: Colts by 4.
The Colts have gone 2-2 in their last four games, and looked absolutely horrible last week against Arizona, and if this were a road game I wouldn’t give them a chance. The Titans have played well on the road this year, but this is their second consecutive game away from home, but they’ll keep it close. The Coach says: If the playoffs started today, the Titans would be in. That’s just gross.
The Doc: TAKE THE COLTS TO WIN BUT NOT COVER.
The Coach: TAKE THE COLTS TO WIN AND COVER.
Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9) at Cleveland Browns (4-7) Line: Browns by 7.
The Browns have only managed to score more than 20 points only once in their last six games which makes covering a 7-point spread unlikely. Brandon Weeden starting at QB won’t help. Luckily the Jags are playing their second consecutive road game that is tough. The Coach says: I don’t like this at all. I’d like to use a lifeline, please, Meredith.
The Doc: TAKE THE BROWNS TO WIN BUT NOT COVER.
The Coach: TAKE THE BROWNS TO WIN AND COVER.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-8) at Carolina Panthers (8-3) Line: Panthers by 8.5.
The Panthers beat the Bucs by 18 the first time these two teams met earlier this season, but Tampa Bay has started to show signs of life with Mike Glennon behind center. The Panthers may be looking past this one, as they face the Saints in the night game next Sunday. Cam Newton will still win this battle. The Coach says: Mike Glennon has turned out to be a decent NFL quarterback, but Cam Newton will shred his banged up defense.
The Doc: TAKE THE PANTHERS TO WIN BUT NOT COVER.
The Coach: TAKE THE PANTHERS TO WIN AND COVER.
Chicago Bears (6-5) at Minnesota Vikings (3-8) Line: Vikings by 1.
The Vikings almost beat the Bears in Week 2, and they took Green Bay to a draw last week on the road. Chicago has the worst run defense in football and the Minnesota has Adrian Peterson. He’ll have a big day at the Dome. The Coach says: Will Marc Trestman last more than a season in Chicago? This stinky Bears team never should have dumped Lovie Smith.
The Doc: TAKE THE VIKINGS TO WIN AND COVER.
The Coach: TAKE THE VIKINGS TO WIN AND COVER.
Arizona Cardinals (6-4) at Philadelphia Eagles (6-5) Line: Eagles by 3.
Both teams come into this one riding three game win streaks; and both are in playoff contention. Despite the home field advantage, I don’t expect the Eagles defense to keep up with the suddenly hot Carson Palmer. Upset special. The Coach says: Frankly, I don’t think a Cardinals win is even an upset.
The Doc: TAKE THE CARDINALS IN AN UPSET.
The Coach: TAKE THE CARDINALS.
Miami Dolphins (5-6) at New York Jets (5-6) Line: Jets by 2.
I don’t think anyone has struggled as of late than the Jets Geno Smith. He’s tossed seven picks and zero touchdowns in his last four games. Embarrassing. The Dolphins ain’t been exactly lighting the world on fire either; their O-Line has been a mess, which will cause problems for them on the road in front of a vicious Jets crowd. The Coach says: Jets because… home team.
The Doc: TAKE THE JETS TO WIN AND COVER.
The Coach: TAKE THE JETS TO WIN AND COVER.
New England Patriots (8-3) at Houston Texans (2-9) Line: Patriots by 7.
I’m surprised that the spread is so low in this one. The Patriots beat the Broncos last week, while the Texans couldn’t beat the Jags at home. Not the team to snap a nine game losing streak against. The Coach says: Poor Gary Kubiak.
The Doc: TAKE THE PATRIOTS TO WIN AND COVER.
The Coach: TAKE THE PATRIOTS TO WIN AND COVER.
Atlanta Falcons (2-8) vs. Buffalo Bills (4-7) Line: Bills by 3.5.
This game won’t sell the NFL to the Toronto fans…both teams are awful. I still believe that Matt Ryan still can get something out of his team in a game that is essentially a road game for both teams. The Coach says: The Falcons are already bad. In the cold and snow, they’ll be worse. Matty Ice my butt.
The Doc: TAKE THE FALCONS IN AN UPSET.
The Coach: TAKE THE FALCONS TO WIN.
St. Louis Rams (5-6) at San Francisco 49ers (7-4) Line: 49ers by 8.
Last week I said that the 49ers win against teams with losing records by an average of 25 points, but they only beat the Redskins by 21. They’ve already beaten the Rams this season, by 24 points. Now they’re at home. The Coach says: Colin Kaepernick has become the second coming of Philip Rivers. Will we get the good Colin Kaepernick or the bad Colin Kaepernick?
The Doc: TAKE THE 49ers TO WIN AND COVER.
The Coach: TAKE THE 49ers TO WIN AND COVER.
Denver Broncos (9-2) at Kansas City Chiefs (9-2) Line: Broncos by 5.5.
The Chiefs do have the league’s No. 2 ranked defense, but they struggle against good QBs. Denver is the better team, and Peyton won’t let his team lose two in a row. The Coach says: This one makes me nervous. If nothing else, it will be a very, very interesting football game.
The Doc: TAKE THE BRONCOS TO WIN AND COVER.
The Coach: TAKE THE BRONCOS TO WIN AND COVER.
Cincinnati Bengals (7-4) at San Diego Chargers (5-6) Line: Chargers by 1.5.
Heading west doesn’t have the same effect on a team as it does when the west heads east, and besides, the Bengals are coming off the bye. The Bengals have one of the best secondaries and that will hamper Phillip Rivers’ attack. The Bengals smell a division title. The Coach says: Bad Philip Rivers? Or Good Philip Rivers?
The Doc: TAKE THE BENGALS IN AN UPSET.
The Coach: TAKE THE CHARGERS TO WIN AND COVER.
New York Giants (4-7) at Washington Redskins (3-8) Line: Giants by 1.
When the schedule came out, this one looked like a late season battle for the top spot in the NFC East. Expect Eli Manning to have a big day, as the Redskins are horrible against the pass. The Coach says: The Giants are 4-1 in their last five. The Washingtons stink.
The Doc: TAKE THE GIANTS TO WIN AND COVER.
The Coach: TAKE THE GIANTS TO WIN AND COVER.
New Orleans Saints (8-2) at Seattle Seahawks (10-1) Line: Seahawks by 5.5.
Great Monday Nighter: The Seahawks dominant pass defense vs. the Saints big scoring offense. The Saints, however, struggle a bit on the road, losing against the Jets and barely beating the Falcons and Buccaneers. But I can see Drew Brees having a good game in Prime time, too bad it’s in Seattle. The Coach says: The Seahawks have two things going for them: the crowd and the referees. Man-for-man, the Saints are better, but the home field advantage here might be too much to overcome.
The Doc: TAKE THE SEAHAWKS TO WIN BUT NOT COVER.
The Coach: TAKE THE SEAHAWKS TO WIN AND COVER.