Thanksgiving is here and that means there will be 3 games to watch starting at 12:30pm with the Minnesota Vikings traveling to Ford Field to make their win streak 7 straight wins while the Lions will be looking to win their 4th straight. At 4:30pm, the L.A Chargers will travel to Jerry’s World to take on the Dallas Cowboys who have lost their last two games and have scored a combined 16 points in those losses. Finally, an NFC East clash between the Washington Redskins, who have now lost 2 straight games and the New York Giants who are coming off a surprising win against Kansas City. Now let’s get into it!
Minnesota Vikings @ Detroit Lions; 12:30pm
1. Matt Stafford Vs Lions Pass Defense
Matt Stafford has a big challenge ahead of him the Minnesota Vikings and could spoil his Thanksgiving. This Vikings defense ranks 11th in passing yards per game allowed (212.8). Stafford is coming off a performance in which he threw for nearly 300 yards against the Bears just a week ago. This Vikings defense has already played against Stafford and will look to keep him from throwing for less than 250 yards just like they did in the first encounter.
2. Vikings Run Game
The Vikings will be looking to have a similar rushing performance like the one they had a week ago against the Rams, rushing for nearly 175 yards. It won’t be as easy especially since the Lions run defense is relatively solid and ranks 18th in rushing yards per game allowed (114.2). Latavius Murray and McKinnon could have solid games especially since the Lions allowed Jordan Howard to run for 125 yards just a week ago.
3. Adam Thielen
Adam Thielen has looked phenomenal this season especially in his route running as it is as crisp as a crispy chicken sandwich. He’s coming off a game in which he caught 6 balls for 123 yards and a TD. Detroit’s defense will have its hands full with Thielen and could draw double coverage to free up Stefon Diggs. Don’t be surprised if Thielen has another big game.
Bold Prediction: Adam Thielen scores 2 TDs and eclipses 150 receiving yards.
Los Angeles Chargers @ Dallas Cowboys; 4:30pm
1. Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa Vs Cowboys O-Line
The Cowboys offensive line is coming off a game in which they allowed 4 sacks and a lot of pressure that lead to Prescott’s interceptions. Tyron Smith could be back against the Chargers which would be huge for the pass protection and the run game. However, even with their all-pro left tackle, they’ll have their hands full with Ingram and Bosa have a combined 19 sacks on the season. These two will give the Chargers a shot at winning the game as these two are game changers.
2. Dallas Run Game Vs Chargers Run Defense
The Cowboys run game was surprisingly well a week ago against the Philadelphia Eagles rushing for 112 yards. This week they’ll be facing a defense that ranks dead last in rushing yards per game allowed (138.9) so Alfred Morris could be in for a big game.
3. Melvin Gordon Vs Cowboys Run Defense
Melvin Gordon has been playing below expectations but could escape this slump as he is going against a defense that allowed the Eagles to run for over 200 yards and Sean Lee was out and will be out again. Now the Cowboys rank 21st in rushing yards per game allowed (115.7).
Bold Prediction: Alfred Morris for 150 yards and scores 2 TDs
New York Giants @ Washington Redskins; 8:30pm
1. Kirk Cousins Vs Giants Pass Defense
This Giants defense is coming off a game in which they forced three turnovers against a Chiefs team that was supposed to be good. Now they’ll have to take on Kirk Cousins who is coming off a game in which he threw for 300 yards against the Saints. The Giants currently rank 29th in passing yards per game allowed (263.9). The Giants will be looking to keep Cousins from throwing for 300 yards and force three turnovers like they did against Kansas City a week ago.
2. Orleans Darkwa Vs Redskins Run Defense
Darkwa had a solid performance last week against the Chiefs running for 74 yards and a TD. This week he’ll be going up against a defense that ranks 19th in rushing yards per game allowed (114.6). The Redskins defense is also coming off a game in which they allowed 160 rushing yards so Darkwa could have a big performance.
3. Eli Manning and His Receivers
Roger Lewis, Tavarris King, and Evan Engram will need to play well in order to have any chance against the Redskins secondary that is lead by Josh Norman. Also, Sterling Shepherd is listed as questionable with an illness and may not play again on Thursday. Evan Engram will most likely have the best performance since the Redskins are not good at covering tight ends.
Bold Prediction: Orleans Darkwa runs for 100 yards and scores 2 TDs