Wednesday, November 24, 2004

NFL: Week 12 Picks (Thanksgiving Day)

Indianapolis Colts at Detroit Lions... Indianapolis
At this point, the Colts offense is firing on all cylinders. Last week, Edgerin James rushed for 200 + yards along with 4 Peyton Manning TD passes. The only hope Detroit has is for Joey Harrington to play a perfect game. I don't see Lions CB's Dre Bly and Fernando Bryant being able to slow down Harrison & Co. Despite the Lions proclivity for playing well on Thanksgiving Day, Indianapolis has too much firepower. In addition, the Lions blew their chance to compete in the NFC North. Had they hung onto their 4th quarter lead Sunday in Minnesota, they would have been tied for 2nd with Minnesota, one game out of first. Currently, they're two out and need Green Bay to collapse.

Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys... Dallas
This one's a coin-flip. The Cowboys are already looking forward to 2005. RB Julius Jones is back and has replaced veteran Eddie George in the starting lineup. Drew Henson, who went 6-6 in his debut last week, will start ahead of Vinny Testaverde. This game comes down to how well Henson protects the football. The Bears win when they are able to intercept passes and return them for big yards. That's one thing the Bears have done well for years. It's hard for me to believe that Dallas is as terrible a team as they have looked in their past two games. I may regret it later, but I'm selecting the home team. Lets hope the Cowboys don't melt down like they did last Thanksgiving versus the Dolphins.


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