Thanksgiving Day comes but once every year. Parade inflatables lets out a cheer and turkeys hide in the corner and quiver in fear. So let’s gaze into Spor Repor’s Crystal Ball of everlasting jeer to uncover what’s in store for NFL Thanksgiving Day games this 2015 year.
Philadelphia Eagles (4-6) vs Detroit Lions (3-7) 9:30 AM PST
As the end of the season grows near, Chip Kelly’s big balls are starting to feel some fear. Though the Eagles are at 4-6 on the season, they are by no means out of the NFC East title race with the New York Giants sitting atop the leaderboard with a 5-5 record. If the Eagles can’t manage to defeat the disappointing Detroit Lions on the road then Kelly’s future in Philadelphia and likely the NFL grows cloudier. Expect this game to be a must-win for Chip to keep his job come January’s Black Monday. Detroit, far out of playoff contention, will be playing to keep their star wide receiver Calvin Johnson happy enough not to demand a trade to another team. My money is on New England or Carolina because both teams are undefeated and boast absolutely no healthy wide receivers you’ve ever heard of (Danny Amendola and Devin Funchess aren’t really WR1 material).
Crystal Ball’s Prediction: Watching this game will make many wonder how the Detroit Lions get to play on Thanksgiving every year no matter how much they blunder.
Carolina Panthers (10-0) vs Dallas Cowboys (3-7) 1:30 PST
The undefeated Panthers will look to keep their unbeaten streak alive as Tony Romo returns to Dallas for the first time after suffering his serious injury earlier in the season. Much like Philadelphia, the Cowboys are still somehow not out of the NFC East title race with a paltry 3-7 record thanks to a 7-game losing streak snapped last weekend. Carolina have all but locked first place in the NFC even though Cam Newton passing the ball to Greg Olsen seems to be their only offensive play in the playbook. While that shouldn’t prove to be too big of a factor in the game, expect Dallas to see this game as one that could change their entire season around if they get a win.
Crystal Ball’s Prediction: Greg Hardy will bruise a turkey breast for not falling off the bone fast enough.
Chicago Bears (4-6) vs Green Bay Packers (7-3) 5:30 PST
Ah the oldest rivalry in the pro football this NFL Thanksgiving Day; the Green Bay Packers and the Decatur Staleys. The Packers were neck-and-neck with the Panthers for first place in the NFC for much of the season but after an 0-3 start to the month of November, Green Bay sits atop the NFC North standings tied with the surprising Minnesota Vikings at 7-3. While they were able to end the losing streak against said Vikings last Sunday, Green Bay will hope not to slip any farther in the standings as they look to battle the 8-2 Arizona Cardinals for that second and last bye slot in the NFC playoffs. Chicago, waiting out the clock of Jay Cutler’s contract at this point, will hope to help Minnesota in the standings as to them it seems the lesser of two evils. Looks for this to be a bruising matchup that’ll help that melatonin in the turkey kick in just in time for bed. Black Friday deals can’t purchase themselves.
Crystal Ball’s Prediction: Packers fans will lead a flash mob at halftime in order to get cheesecake to replace pumpkin pie as the official Thanksgiving Day dessert.
Final Prediction: Spor Repor hopes to not try and exploit NFL Thanksgiving games in order start another pick-centered article type.