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PFT’s Thanksgiving picks

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With three games to be played on Thursday, a dozen on Sunday, and one on Monday (actually, since it’s Cardinals-49ers it’s not really an NFL game), we’ve decided to break up our picks into two separate columns.

For now, we’ll present our picks for the trio of Thanksgiving games.   (UPDATEHere are the rest of the Week 12 picks.) After edging Rosenthal by one this past weekend, he’s leading me by only one.

Last week, I was 11-5 and Rosenthal was 10-6.  For the year, he’s 103-57 and I’m 102-58.Patriots at Lions

Florio’s take:  The 2-8 Lions host the 8-2 Patriots.  Once upon a time, the Lions always were tough to beat at home on Thanksgiving.  Matt Millen’s influence helped end that.  Bill Belichick’s genius will help continue it.

Florio’s pick:  Patriots 41, Lions 21.

Rosenthal’s take: It’s tough to blow the Lions out, especially at home.  They are 2-2 at Ford Field this year, with three point losses to the Eagles and Jets.  That bodes well for a rare Lions Thanksgiving game that keeps our interest into the fourth quarter.  Luckily for New England, the Lions don’t have the running game (or run defense) to close games out.

Rosenthal’s pick: Patriots 27, Lions 20.

Saints at Cowboys

Florio’s take:  Before the season, it appeared that the NFL was throwing its captive audience a wishbone on Thanksgiving, scheduling something other than a Cowboys home game against a mediocre opponent.  As it turned out, the Cowboys ended up being the mediocre opponent.  But the Cowboys have turned things around of late, and this will be the biggest test of the Jason Garrett regime.  Though it’s possible that someone has merely spiked the cranberry salad, I’ve got a feeling that the Cowboys can get it done.

Florio’s pick:  Cowboys 28, Saints 21.

Rosenthal’s take: All Jason Garrett needed to turn the Cowboys season around was back-to-back weeks in which an undrafted rookie cornerback (Bryan McCann) scored a touchdown of 97 yards or more.  The luck will run out on Thanksgiving against an improved Saints defense that can slow down Dez Bryant and Miles Austin.  It’s time for Dallas’ poor pass defense to show up again.

Rosenthal’s pick: Saints 34, Cowboys 21.

Bengals at Jets

Florio’s take:  Last year, the Jets beat the Bengals when they weren’t trying to win, six days before beating the Bengals when they were trying to win.  This time around, the Thanksgiving night game is the closest Cincy will get to a significant game for a long time, and they’ll bring everything they have.  Look for it to almost be enough.

Florio’s pick:  Jets 27, Bengals 23.

Rosenthal’s take: The 2-8 Bengals had one weapon this season:  their secondary.  Then Sunday happened.  They lost two cornerbacks, two safeties, and what pride they had left in a 35-0 second-half whitewash against Buffalo.  The Bengals didn’t match up well with the Jets when Cincinnati was a playoff team. They really don’t now with Mark Sanchez playing much better.

Rosenthal’s pick: Jets 30, Bengals 17.

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19 Responses to “PFT’s Thanksgiving picks”
  1. tdhawk says: Nov 23, 2010 6:09 PM

    The Kitna Crusade (Comeback) continues! (Go ahead and use that-ha)

  2. fonetiklee says: Nov 23, 2010 6:18 PM

    (actually, since it’s Cardinals-49ers it’s not really an NFL game)

    *insert rim shot here*

  3. brasho says: Nov 23, 2010 6:21 PM

    tdhawk says:
    Nov 23, 2010 6:09 PM
    The Kitna Crusade (Comeback) continues! (Go ahead and use that-ha)

    +++++++++++++++++

    You mind if I use it? I’m going to print it out and use it for toilet paper.

  4. snaponrules says: Nov 23, 2010 6:21 PM

    When is the NFL going to figure out NOBODY want to watch the Lions and cowpanzy’s. Same two crap teams every damn year.
    Put all the teams in a rotation to play on T-Day. At least then we have a chance of seeing a good game.

  5. pukey60 says: Nov 23, 2010 6:23 PM

    Jeez you guys really went out on a limb w those picks.

  6. gamustangdude says: Nov 23, 2010 6:24 PM

    come on Florio, you can’t pick the Jets over the Bengals, i mean the Jets lost to the Baltimore, and the Bengals beat Baltimore. Isn’t that the logic most PFT bloggers use.

  7. eskinsux says: Nov 23, 2010 6:27 PM

    Florio seriously?…..I’m no Saint’s fan, but Brees is gonna have a field day against the matadors the Cowgirls consider a secondary…..

  8. 8man says: Nov 23, 2010 6:40 PM

    My schedule for Thanksgiving.

    Get up. Root for the Patriots. Eat. Drink. Root for the Bengals.

    Simple enough.

  9. jkearse2005 says: Nov 23, 2010 7:31 PM

    Wow, these pathetic games make me wanna go stand in line for black friday…

  10. innoculo says: Nov 23, 2010 8:00 PM

    The lions playing on Thanksgiving is like left over cranberry sauce. Blech.

  11. smacklayer says: Nov 23, 2010 10:02 PM

    Seriously NFL needs to ditch Dallas and Detroit on Thanksgiving. Its interesting because NFL seems to not be beholden to traditions in most aspects of the game. But for some reason can’t seem to get it right with this one.

    At least they are trying with Patriots and Saints, but they should have scheduled the Patriots Colts game or similar on Thanksgiving. Something that has large national appeal, regardless of record. I’d watch Patriots Colts even if they are both 0-10 at this point.

  12. nps6724 says: Nov 23, 2010 10:48 PM

    The Cowboys beat an overrated Giants and a Lions team that has lost 26 consecutive road games and all of a sudden they’re world beaters? Typical.

  13. goldsteel says: Nov 24, 2010 1:48 AM

    Lions, in an upset.
    Saints, their still the champs.
    Bengals, the Jets are ready for a loss.

  14. Jeff Dodson says: Nov 24, 2010 3:13 AM

    Why wouldnt you wanna watch the COWBOYS on T-Day. The Cowboys are A M E R I C A S TEAM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. ladycowboysfan says: Nov 24, 2010 3:48 AM

    All you Cowboys haters get over yourselves. It’s the Cowboy’s or nothing. They asked other teams long ago who wants to play on Thanksgiving. Guess what? Nobody wanted to commit to the short week. So there you have it. Turkey and the Dallas Cowboy’s..

  16. Jeff Dodson says: Nov 24, 2010 4:05 AM

    Whoops, AMERICAS TEAM
    ( I didnt know it was going to cut it off)

  17. jharmon64 says: Nov 24, 2010 6:36 AM

    They should know better than put the Lions up against the Patriots. But the Jets/Bengals looked like a good game a year ago.

  18. grpatriot says: Nov 24, 2010 9:24 AM

    I have a bad feeling that the Patriots will keep thier game closer than needed! I do believe they’ll win! I could see biting a few nails though!
    Short week, huge Colts game and they have to feel a little let down…The alternative is the offense comes out pissed off and decides to go off! I don’t think they’ll show any good stuff to the Jets on film…???

  19. jodeman says: Nov 24, 2010 2:08 PM

    snaponrules says:
    Nov 23, 2010 6:21 PM
    When is the NFL going to figure out NOBODY want to watch the Lions and cowpanzy’s. Same two crap teams every damn year.
    Put all the teams in a rotation to play on T-Day. At least then we have a chance of seeing a good game.
    __________________________________
    Read this link then shut up. The Boys and Lions have been doing this since you’ve been pooping yellow.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving_Classic

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