NFL Week 12 Thanksgiving Predictions and Beyond

Happy Thanksgiving! With three teams playing Thursday matchups, we’re guaranteed some surprises. It’s important to remember that these players have only four days to recover from the week 11 games. That leaves more opportunity for injury and upsets.

Bold prediction: Chargers earn a playoff spot by the end of the regular season.

Keenan Allen is back, and this offense is starting to click. The Chargers have an excellent schedule down the stretch including Cleveland in week 13 and Oakland in week 17. They also will face a reeling Chiefs team in week 15 who has lost 4 out of the last five games.

 

Miami will play from behind for the rest of the season.

What can be said about Jay Cutler that hasn’t already been said? He’s not very good, and the interceptions are killing this offense. But is Matt Moore much better? It’s hard to tell. While we all enjoyed the outcome of his strong bromance with WR Kenny Stills, what happens when Stills gets double coverage? How will Moore use his other weapons, if Moore even gets another start? Expect a season riddled with interceptions from both of these QBs. RBs Kenyon Drake and Damien Williams are the only ones to trust with regular production, but if they are playing from behind, this backfield’s upside is limited.

 

Chiefs are going in the wrong direction.

Be worried about Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chief offense. Kansas City has now lost four of their last five games with just seven touchdowns in that stretch. They failed to score a touchdown against the beatable Giants in week 10. A team with as many offensive weapons as the Chiefs (RB Kareem Hunt, TE Travis Kelce, WR Tyreek Hill), they should be doing better. All the parts are there for an elite team. Hopefully, they stop this downward spiral soon.

 

Thanksgiving game of the week: Cowboys vs. Redskins

Both the Cowboys and Redskins are coming off devastating week 11 losses where the Cowboys failed to score any points in the second half at home against the Eagles, and the Redskins blew a huge lead to lose in overtime versus the New Orleans Saints. With Redskins WR Josh Doctson and RB Samaje Perine stock rising and a healthy O-line, Redskins will put up a fight in this divisional matchup even without injured pass-catching RB Chris Thompson. Fun Fact: The Cowboys are one-point favorites at home on Thanksgiving. They’ve been favored and failed to cover in their last 6 Thanksgiving games. Keep an eye out to see if injured LT Tyron Smith and LB Sean Lee play on Thursday. That would be a massive upgrade for the Cowboys on both sides of the ball.

 

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