Thanksgiving: NFL Game Previews For Week 13
If you're not excited about the up and coming games in week 13 of the NFL you should be. The play-off picture is as clear as mud.
Green Bay At Detroit
Week 13 kicks of with Green Bay (5-5-1) taking on Detroit (6-5) in the NFC North. The division is tightly poised and no team wants to lose any ground on their rivals. Both teams had disappointing results in week 12. The Packers have not won in four now and the Lions are on a two game losing streak.
Expect Matt Flynn to start in the absence of Aaron Rodgers. Rookie Eddie Lacy has been a real plus for the Packers. Lacy ran for 100 yards against the tie with Minnesota, the third of his pro-career.
Jordy Neslon needs to just 53 yards receiving to go over 1,000 yards for the season.
Ranked 20th in the NFL, Green Bay has had problems on the defensive side of the football.
Detroit are still hurting from the 24-21 defeat to Tampa Bay and a Thanksgiving day win will be very welcome at Ford Field. Matthew Stafford is having a really good season but he will want to improve on his performance from last time out against the Buccaneers.
Head coach Jim Schwartz is sweating on the fitness of Calvin Johnson (knee). Any franchise would feel the absence of a football player with Megatron's ability, he currently leads the NFL with the most yards receiving.
Detroit has the 5th best offense in the NFL but they too have issues on the other side of the football.
Had Rodgers been fit to play this could have been a Thanksgiving shoot out. Detroit might just edge this one with home advantage.
Oakland At Dallas
The Raiders (4-7) sit at the foot of the AFC West, they travel to NFC East leaders Dallas (6-5).
Dennis Allen's Raiders have not had a good campaign. Terrelle Pryor was much talked about at the start of the season but he has yet to deliver for the 'Black and Silver'. Pryor is yet to have a 300 yard passing game this season. Allen may stick with Matt McGloin behind centre.
Darren McFadden is listed as questionable (hamstring).
Dallas are currently 0-3 against AFC West teams and will want to avoid an 0-4 record against that division.
Tony Romo has an opportunity to reach a milestone of 3,000 passing yards for the season, he requires 85 yards in tomorrow's game to achieve that record. Romo has been sacked 10 times already in the month of November, that is more than the September and October totals.
Dez Bryant may see this as an opportunity to have his third 100 yard game of the season.
The Cowboys are ranked 29th against the rush and 30th against the pass. Head coach Jason Garrett won't want to upset Jerry Jones on Thanksgiving.
Neither football team has lit up the NFL but all eyes will be on the AT&T Stadium for the second game of the day.
Pittsburgh at Baltimore
This is arguably the game of the day. As the old saying goes "Leave the best until last." Both teams are (5-6). The AFC North is also a tight division. As they look over their shoulder at Cleveland (4-7) both teams are trying to catch divisional leaders Cincinnati (7-4).
Having won three straight games, Pittsburgh are coming into form. Head coach Mike Tomlin will be telling his team that the last three games will mean nothing if week 13 ends in defeat for the Steelers.
Ben Roethlisberger is the type of signal caller that a franchise needs in close game situations. He has great ability to shake of the tackle.
Antonio Brown is having a fine season for the Steelers. He sits in second place for the most receiving yards of the season.
The Steelers defense had five sacks in their win at Cleveland and with Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco looking vulnerable in the pocket, don't be surprised to see those numbers rising.
Baltimore are really struggling offensively. Their offense is ranked at 29th in the league. The pocket must do a better job of keeping Flacco upright or they are going to be in trouble once again on Thursday Night Football.
Ray Rice has had a disappointing season for the Ravens. Rice has only had a single 100 yard game through weeks 1-to-12.
It is time for the Ravens to stand up and be counted. It has not been a great season for the current World Champions.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving football, week 13 is almost upon us.