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Week 12 in the NFL: Three Nasty Visitors on Thanksgiving

Here’s a good rule of thumb: Make sure you do a little a research on the people you invite to your home for the holidays. The Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets did not heed our warning.

The Lions, Cowboys and Jets are at home this week, but the three road teams they will be hosting will knock down your door, steal your turkey and make off with the scotch.

Lions Runningback Mikel Leshoure

Turkey Day is always a dandy day in the NFL and this year, we get three of the best games we’ve ever witnessed.

In Game 1 at 11:30 CST, the 4-6 Detroit Lions play host to the 9-1 Houston Texans and while Houston should win, they didn’t play all that well against lowly Jacksonville last week. The Lions are tough at home and with a built-in battle between two of the league’s great receivers – Andre Johnson of the Texans and Calvin Johnson of the Lions – this should be a lot more fun than the records would suggest.

In Game 2 at 3:15 p.m. CST, the Washington Redskins take on the Dallas Cowboys in one of the great rivalry games in the NFL. This is always an outstanding tussle even one team is bad and the other is good. This year, we get the added bonus of TV media darling Tony Romo against TV media darling Robert Griffin III. This will be a great Thanksgiving drinking game: take a sip every time you hear the words Griffin or Romo. Bet you’re passed out by halftime. Meanwhile, Washington, on the road, will be tough. Especially when you consider how bad Dallas was against Cleveland last week (were it not for 12, count ‘em 12, game-changing penalty calls against the Browns — Can you say fix? I knew you could — the Cowboys would have been hammered).

And in Game 3 at 7:20 p.m. CST, we have, potentially, the best game of the night in terms of TV drama. The New England Patriots, coming off that 59-point outburst against Indianapolis (a team that was 6-3 going in) against the New York Jets, a team that played well in St. Louis last week against a gawd-awful Rams team that couldn’t score in a women’s prison with a handful of pardons. This should be fun, no matter the score.

Last week both The Coach and The Doc were an amazing 13-1 (now both 104-56) straight up and 9-5 against the spread (now both 77-83).

Let’s take a close look at Week 12 in the NFL. As always, The Doc writes the actual analysis while The Coach just scarfs down Cheetos and makes snide comments.

Andre Johnson

Houston Texans (9-1) at Detroit Lions (4-6) 
Line: Texans by 3.

The Texans just squeaked by a different type of cat last week while the Lions thought that tossing a bunch of interceptions while playing the Packers was a good idea. This one comes down to the QBs; Houston’s Matt Schaub threw a career-high five touchdown passes, completed a franchise-record 43 passes and finished with 527 yards passing, second most in NFL history. Detroit’s Matthew Stafford is a bum. The Coach says: “Not so fast Doc. He might be a bum, but he’s my bum this week. I always take Detroit on Thanksgiving and it’s a holiday tradition I will continue.”

THE DOC: TAKE THE TEXANS TO WIN AND COVER.

THE COACH: TAKE THE LIONS IN AN UPSET

Robert Griffin III

Washington Redskins (4-6) at Dallas Cowboys (5-5) 
Line: Cowboys by 3.

Another bum, Tony Romo tried his best to give the game to Cleveland last week, but the Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey bailed out his team in OT. RG3 tossed four touchdown passes in a rout over the grounded Eagles. While I’m not drinking the RG3 Kool-Aid yet, the Redskins have come together as a team and on a national stage should take the next step. The Coach says: “The Cowboys were lucky to beat Cleveland. They’ll get hammered by Washington.”

THE DOC: TAKE THE REDSKINS IN AN UPSET.

THE COACH: TAKE WASHINGTON TO WIN.

Tom Brady

New England Patriots (7-3) at New York Jets (4-6) 
Line: Patriots by 6.5.

The Jets looked better last week beating a slumping Rams team but the Patriots looked like a team that wants to return to the Super Bowl in a big way. TDs by the offense, defense, and special teams, the only guy that didn’t score against the Colts was the mascot! Patriots win big. The Coach says: “At what point does Tim Tebow make his entrance?”

THE DOC: TAKE THE PATRIOTS TO WIN AND COVER.

THE COACH: TAKE THE PATS TO WIN AND COVER.

Mark Sanchez

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