Happy Thanksgiving to everyone out there. Thank you for being here with us and apart of MattandMikesports community. We hope you all have a safe holiday and enjoy time with loved ones. A special thank you to all those men and women serving our country who can't be with their families on this day. Thank you so much for what you do. We are all thankful for you. Now Who is ready to turn up the TV ignore the cousins and watch some football!!!! Hahah JK. Here is our call for the 3 Thanksgiving day games.
Vikings @ Lions: Right off the bat a good divisional showdown between the top two NFC North teams. The winner of this game will take a full game lead on the other in the division. The Lions won the first matchup between the 2 and in Minnesota none the less. The Vikings last week were coming in limping off 4 straight losses and needed a win that they got. But I think a lot of people are overlooking the win because the defense and special teams did most of the work for Bradford and their 32nd ranked offense. The Lions are coming off a win in which they should have dominated but instead they really didn't and it concerns me that people think they are a top 10 team in the league. Their defense is Ziggy Ansah and Darius Slay Jr. and that is it. Their offense is whatever Stafford can produce each game. They aren't as good offensively as everyone is claiming they are. I think both of these teams are just benefactors of the fact that the Packers under McCarthy and Rodgers are a nightmare right now. Who do I think wins this one? Simple the home team that won the game on the road because their offense can move the ball. Lions win 26 - 17 over the Vikings.
Redskins @ Cowboys: The Skins are coming off a slaughter of the Green Bay defense in which they proved Rodgers ego and McCarthy's lack of true coaching skills are truly an issue. I think the Skins should scare teams because Kirk Cousins is a freaking beast and that offense can do anything with him under the helm. The issue for the Skins is their defense is a mess. The Cowboys looked good on Sunday against the Ravens but not great. The Ravens defense was beat but they are getting exhausted from the lack of an offense under Joe Flacco they are getting just no help. Dallas' defense is still too weak to believe they can hold up against teams like The Patriots or the Falcons or the Skins offenses. Zeke is a great rookie RB maybe the best Rookie in the league but I think all the Zeke love is honestly a touch over-hyped. I think Dak deserves a lot more credit than he has been getting because this kid is classy and can lead a team to victory. I might not be on the Cowboy hype-train but i am on the Dak one. This game should be intense as it gets and fun to boot. Redskins win 32 - 30 over the Cowboys.
Steelers @ Colts: The Steelers are not a good team, flat out honest they aren't. I do not think Tomlin is a good coach and Ben is on the decline in his career. The Colts are most likely going into this game with Wisconsin QB Scott Tolzien as their starting QB because Luck is listed as "highly Unlikely" to go due to a concussion. I think Tolzien will do well against the Steelers defense but it might not be all positives. The Steelers on the other hand need this win if they want to stay in the hunt for the division. I think their offense can do some impressive things if Ben can get back into a rhythm. I am torn in this game because I am not entirely convinced by the Steelers this year but at the same time if they can't beat a back up QB they are worse than I thought. I just have to stick with my gut as much as I want to take the Badgers QB. Steelers win 34 - 28 over the Colts.
---- Matt Koontz
Minnesota Vikings @ Detroit Lions. This should be a nice divisional matchup. That being said, the Vikings are struggling a bit to find their footing right now and the Lions are surprisingly solid. If Detroit wins this one it keeps them squarely in the playoff picture. Winner of this game takes sole possession of the NFC North lead, and I think the Lions take it at home. Final score: Detroit Lions 24, Minnesota Vikings 21.
Washington Football Club @ Dallas Cowboys. This week, the Washington Football Club travels to Dallas to take on the Cowboys. Dallas has been phenomenal this year, but the Redskins might be the toughest opponents they have faced so far this season. I want to pick Dallas to continue their win streak, but Washington just might end it. The Washington Football Club wins on the road. Final score: Washington Football Club 27, Dallas Cowboys 24.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Indianapolis Colts. Both of these teams are lackluster this season, but I think that Ben Roethlisberger is better than Scott Tolzien as a player. That gives the Steelers the edge as Andrew Luck likely misses this week thanks to a concussion. With Luck playing, I'd be taking the Colts in this game, but Tolzien will likely get the start. Therefore, Steelers win. Final score: Pittsburgh Steelers 35, Indianapolis Colts 14.
Happy Thanksgiving to all readers!
Lions over Vikings 27-24
Redskins over Cowboys 28-24
Steelers over Colts 31-17
Washington over Dallas 27-24
Detroit over Minnesota 20-17
Pittsburgh over Indianapolis 35-21
Lions win over the Vikings, 27-17.
Cowboys win over the Redskins, 27-24.
Steelers win over the Colts, 30-24.
Vikings 24 - Lions 17
Cowboys 28 - Redskins 18
Steelers 21 - Colts 17