Thursday, November 24, 2011

NFL Thanksgiving Day Predictions

Packers 31, LIONS 27

Improving to 7-3 after its 49-35 defeat of Carolina last week, Detroit looks like a playoff force again. Hosting its annual Turkey Day contest, the Lions take on Aaron Rodgers and the undefeated Packers. Green Bay showed some vulnerability last week against Tampa. So can the Lions exploit these weaknesses, pounce on the Pack and earn a huge win for its franchise? Close, but not quite. Anticipate a wildly entertaining contest featuring fabulous efforts by both teams, but the Super Bowl Champs survive with a late game touchdown drive.

BOYS 24, fins 13

Both teams enter this game playing fantastic football. Miami began its season with seven straight losses. Then suddenly, behind a staunch defense and outstanding play by QB Matt Moore, the Dolphins have won three straight by a collective score of 86-20. Dallas puts an end to this today. The Cowboys push its win streak to four, celebrating its Thanksgiving with a feast of the Fins.

RAVENS 20, niners 17

First-year coach Jim Harbaugh has his 49ers playing outstanding football. Under the management of Jim’s older brother, John Harbaugh, the Ravens have been strong but inconsistent. This epic battle of the brothers is a brutal bout fought tooth and nail. Led by lethal linebacker Patrick Willis, San Francisco brings its A-game across the country tonight. But Baltimore is too tough at home. RB Ray Rice leads the Ravens attack as the home team ekes out the win by a field goal.

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