Gobble! Gobble! Happy Thanksgiving readers! The defending champion Saints, not one but two AFC East powerhouses, the train wreck that has become the Bengals 2010 season, and of course your traditional Turkey Day teams Dallas & Detroit. It truly doesn't get much better than this. On the west coast you'll wake up to the Patriots in Detroit. On the east coast you'll knock back the recliner and recover from dinner just in time for Saints at Cowboys. Finishing off everyone's day, you get the Bengals in the Big Apple. Oh, it's going to be a good one!
Get After It!
Last Week: 11-5
On The Season: 84-69-6
New England At Detroit 12:30 PM [EST] I read this week that the Lions were 4-38 since 2008, that's eye opening. Please turn your focus to the New England Patriots at 8-2 boasting recent victories over San Diego, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Indianapolis. As their defense continues to be a work in progress, at times allowing teams back into games, Tom Brady's offense is excelling. Rookie tight ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski have combined for nine touchdown catches. However, even more impressive would be the two of them individually averaging 12+ yards per catch. The Patriots are going to be a different team when they welcome the 1st place Jets into their building on December 6th. It's Thanksgiving folks and the Lions are bad, Patriots get to work quickly. Patriots -7
New Orleans At Dallas 4:15 PM [EST] As hopeful as the Cowboys last ten days have been, the Saints are the team which has turned things around as of late. New Orleans has outscored their last three opponents 88-32 while winning three straight and improving to 7-3. An added motivation for the Saints is beating a Cowboys team that ended their undefeated bid last season. For the Cowboys, a win on Thursday would really cement Jason Garrett's turnaround of a now 3-7 ball club. Interim head coach Jason Garrett is no stranger to memorable victories. In 1994 as the 3rd quarterback behind injured Troy Aikman and Rodney Peete on these very same Cowboys, Garrett lead the Cowboys to a big win over Brett Favre's Green Bay Packers. Cowboys win a close one late. Cowboys +3.5
Cincinnati At New York (Jets) 8:20 PM [EST] It's alarming how these Jets have needed to pull out wins late with teams they should be putting away. From their late win in Detroit to their overtime win against Cleveland and last week's almost give away against Houston, I'm not sold on the Jets just yet. As bad as the Bengals have been (2-8), and the blowing of a 31-14 lead to none other than the Bills just five days ago, I still think they've got some fight in them and now's the time to show up. Contrary to popular belief at the beginning of the season, Terrell Owens has actually been as big of an asset to the Bengals as a 2-8 team can have. Owens has caught 62 catches so far and is closing in fast on 1,000 yards receiving. Just like Houston put up points late on a lazy Jets defense playing with a lead, the Bengals have showed signs they can at least make a game of it late. The bottom line is, the Jets have "we're golden" written all over them and that attitude has resulted in more than a loss or two with teams boasting that same attitude in the past. J-E-T-S win, but Cincy keeps it close. Bengals +9
Have a Safe & Thanksgiving! Check back tommorow for the rest of Week 11's picks!