Some of the members of SD got together and wanted to give you their picks for turkey day, enjoy the Sports Degens Thanksgiving Day NFL Picks.(We will be updating as more picks are sent in.)
Min @ DET
Minnesota QB Sam Bradford was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury and will miss the rest of the season. The Lions took the first meeting and they will play at home. For this reason I’ll take the underdog.
Detroit Lions +2,0
A game that may not be all that exciting, but will be a good road test in the division for the Vikings. Keenum and company have been on fire and have established themselves as a true contender in the NFC, and I think they continue that trend on a last second field goal to get the win here
The Vikings recently man handled the red-hot L.A. Rams in convincing fashion, 24-7. The Vikings are a punishing team that perform consistently on the ground thanks to Latavius Murray, who has big games against tough opponents (113 yards against the Ravens and two touchdowns against the Rams). Its defense keeps teams to just 290.5 yards per game this season, good for No. 5 in the league.
Prediction: Vikings 24, Lions 13
I can’t step in front of this Vikings team right now, they are just playing too well.
The Thanksgiving Day tradition starts off early in Detroit with the NFC North matchup. The red hot Vikings, led by Case Keenum plan on ruining the Lions and Matt Stafford’s Turkey Day. I really don’t feel the Vikings have an answer for Adam Thielen and he should eat often today. Stafford will have to get the ball out quick, but should be able to with the talented combo of Golden Tate and Marvin Jones Jr. This should be the best game of the day and I have the Lions winning 24-23.
LAC @ DAL
The Cowboys played late into Sunday night and their offense is not so good at the moment. But I don’t care about this because it is the Thanksgiving and something special can happen during this day, so Cowboys will win and cover.
If there is one thing we can trust to happen here, just like every Sunday, is that Phillip Rivers will be trailing late in the 4th, running the two minute drill, where he usually falls short. Not this time. I think the Cowboys are too banged up right now and the Chargers are better than their record shows. Give me LA by 3.
Dak Prescott has been ineffective without left tackle Tyron Smith protecting his blind spot, which could spell trouble for Prescott as he faces the NFL’s 3rd ranked pass rush. Philip Rivers should be able to pick apart a Dallas defense that has struggled without linebacker Sean Lee and safety Jeff Heath.
Chargers 34, Cowboys 31
I think the Chargers are an under the radar team that is playing well…I think Melvin Gordon goes off and if Tyron Smith doesn’t play Bosa and Ingram are gonna make it a long day for Dak.
Many think the Cowboys have been getting destroyed with no Ezekiel Elliot, but the real reason is the o-line is really really beat up. They should be getting a major piece back to day and they will need that versus a pretty solid Chargers pass rush. The Cowboys defense has been bad and will be without the heartbeat in Sean Lee which is not good going up against Phillip Rivers and Melvin Gordon. Give me the Chargers in Dallas on Thanksgiving Day, 31-27.
NYG @ WAS
Giants won last time during the OT and for them it is enough. They are trash and I can’t believe they can win the second consecutive game. There is no tomorrow for New York, sitting their ass on a bench dreaming the Super Bowl.
Two teams that come into this game on totally opposite sides of the emotional spectrum, with Washington blowing a late lead in New Orleans and the Giants pulling off perhaps the upset of the year with a win over the Chiefs. To keep any hope of the playoffs alive, the Redskins have to win this game, and I think they do. Redskins by a touchdown.
Cousins should have plenty of time to find his targets downfield against a terrible Giant’s pass rush, which is tied for last in the league with just 14 sacks. New York’s defense has also allowed the 7th most yards per play, which makes Washington’s offense that much more dangerous. The Skins rebound from their Hurricane hangover in NOLA and keep their playoff hopes alive.
Redskins 31, Giants 13
The Giants wrecked a shitload of parlays last weekend, don’t think they win here though…I would be cautious of backing Washington coming off an absolute choke job in New Orleans
The night cap on Thanksgiving Day is the perfect matchup for all the drunk uncles, friends and people needing a nap. The very very bad New York Giants (who did picks up the win last week) will take on the Washington Redskins, Kirk Cousins should absolutely have his way with this bad defense. Look for Samaje Perine, Josh Doctson, Vernon Davis and all the rest to enjoy this beat down. The Giants need Sterling Shepard to play, but it isn’t looking good and Evan Engram can’t do it all with Slingblade throwing it. Give me the Redskins BIG 38-17.