Thanksgiving Day Football Open Game Thread

Giving Thanks for a Full Day of Football - May the Turkeys Stay Home [Thanksgiving Open Game Thread]

11/24/11 in NFL   |   Jess   |   34638 respect

At first glance, the lineup of Thanksgiving games might look a bit...well...blah. After all...blowouts can be boring. Green Bay is undefeated, mowing through opponents. Miami has played ugly and they go up against a Dallas team that rarely loses on Turkey Day. San Francisco looks to be almost unbeatable, and the Ravens have stumbled a few times. 

But when the NFL made the schedule this year, it seemed like maybe they knew something we didn't. Although there's only one division rivalry game on the plate, this could prove to be a fairly exciting day of games.

12:30pm - Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions 
The Packers were a great team last year; the best in the league obviously - but the Lions beat them last December. This year, Green Bay has a stellar offense that's virtually unstoppable, but their defense has struggled.  Detroit has a pretty great defense, and their offense isn't too shabby either. Though Stafford has an injured finger, he did last week too - and he threw five touchdowns.

Is it that unthinkable that this could be the week that the Pack fall? The last time the Lions won their Thanksgiving Day game was 2003. Could they snap two streaks this year?

4:15pm - Miami Dolphins @ Dallas Cowboys
Miami's hot - 3 game winning streak hot. Dallas is 6-4, and also on a 3-game streak. Either one could be due for a loss, and either one could pull off the win. Obviously, Dallas is the better team in this match-up, and unlike Detroit, the Boys tend to win their Thanksgiving Classic game more often than not.

It doesn't look good for Miami, but they're capable of making it a decent bout. While the Boys looked decent against the run last week, they might find Reggie Bush a little more difficult to stop than Tashard Choice.

8:20pm - San Francisco 49ers @ Baltimore Ravens
Ahhh, the long awaited Harbaugh Bowl. (Harbaugh Bowl...say that five times fast.) Big brother John's Ravens had a great win last week against the rival Bengals, but they suffered an ugly loss against the Niners' rival Seahawks, a much weaker team, the week before. Jim's 49ers have been solid on all sides of the ball, and they could very well give Bert & Co. some trouble.

While the Thanksgiving Day games traditionally feature the Cowboys and Lions, I'm pretty sure Harbaugh Bowl will be the game of the day. Probably the week. Possibly even the season.

We hope you're all enjoying a wonderful holiday with your loved ones, delicious food, and an exciting day of football. No such thing as overload - Q it up here!
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11/24/11   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

The night game was by far the best NFL game I've watched in a long time!

11/24/11   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

Cam Cameron shows yet again why he is the worst OC in the NFL,  2nd & goal on the 1 foot line with a bowling ball back, and you run a sweep on 2nd that loses 4 yards, then call a QB sneak that goes nowhere. Could/Should be 10-3 Baltimore at the half instead it is 6-3.

11/24/11   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Impressive play to make the catch by Brandon Marshall while in a choke hold from Terrence Newman.

11/24/11   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Um, someone needs to explain WTF Matt Moore was thinking there.  When the red sea parts, run the damn ball yourself!

11/24/11   |   tpamotormouth   |   54 respect

That first game was a Turkey so I guess this is the stuffing or the mashed potatoes

11/24/11   |   Scott   |   52989 respect

 Despite some sloppiness early on, yet another workman like effort from the defending champs.  Up next, the New York Giants

11/24/11   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Well it looks like, barring a major meltdown by the Packers, they're going to run away with this game.

11/24/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

 Suh got hungry for some turkey--wanted to be the first to the team buffet. 

And I shouldn't have benched James Jones on the old fantasy squad. 

11/24/11   |   Scott   |   52989 respect

 Aaron Rodgers to James Jones for 65 yards.  Packers turn the Stafford interception into 7 points.  Pack up 21-0 just like that

11/24/11   |   woody050681   |   13688 respect

 I'm thankful the halftime show is only 10 minutes.....


Suh, What the f**k are you thinking!!!

11/24/11   |   Scott   |   52989 respect

 Any Lions fan want to defend Suh now?  He is quickly becoming the dirtiest player in the NFL

11/24/11   |   JenX63   |   32658 respect

Nickelback rocked halftime! Lions need to pull back on those penalities. It is killing them

11/24/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

This run defense breakdown the last few weeks from the Packers is very worrisome.

11/24/11   |   Scott   |   52989 respect

 Penalties and inaccuracy by Stafford have been the story so far.  Packers finally get a huge defensive stop and are knocking on the door for a score

11/24/11   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

tpamotormouth wrote:
And there goes Kevin Smith off the field for all those who claimed him in fantasy for week 12.

Would've been me, but somebody grabbed him before I could.

11/24/11   |   Scott   |   52989 respect

 Packers defense makes the first big play. 

11/24/11   |   tpamotormouth   |   54 respect

And there goes Kevin Smith off the field for all those who claimed him in fantasy for week 12.

11/24/11   |   tpamotormouth   |   54 respect

Packers having a rough 1st half so far...could this be the end of the quest for perfection?

11/24/11   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

Dan_B wrote:
Over/Under 3 total punts in this Lions-Packers game? 

8 minutes in...I'll go ahead and say the over.

11/24/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Packers D looks a little soft right now, but Stafford's total inaccuracy bailed them out that opening drive.

11/24/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Over/Under 3 total punts in this Lions-Packers game?