By: Sean Mathews
How watching the sad-sack Detroit Lions became one of the most endearing Thanksgiving traditions is a secret which is more than likely buried deep within the vaults of a military-guarded secret facility. The Lions have now become as synonymous with pumpkin pie on a late November Thursday as they have become with losing, both of which are now tradition. It would be unwise to discount the Lions though, and they could play left-over green bean casserole spoiler to the New England Patriots. Though their records are the opposite of each other, the Pats at 8-2 and the Lions a dismal 2-8, I smell upset along with the turkey and dressing coming out of my kitchen. Don’t be surprised if the Lions surprise us all and make a turkey out of New England.
The Cowboys have also been a Thanksgiving Day tradition for the reason (which I say sardonically) that they are America’s team. The tables, however, have been turned and the Cowboys come into the holiday matchup with very little to be thankful for. The Saints won’t have to pray too heavily before this game and I would expect them to defeat the Cowboys pretty handily. Again, the two teams have polar-opposite records, the Saints at 7-3, the Cowboys at 3-7.
Our final matchup of the fall spectacular, if you want to call it that, is the Jets against the Bengals. Strangely enough, to follow suit for the day, the Jets are 8-2 and the Bengals are 2-8. I wouldn’t expect any miracle for the Bengals, as the Jets will be able to tame them with no problem. I guess this Thanksgiving we can be thankful we only have to watch these teams play once. Three Super Bowl-contending teams against three of the worst teams in the league? This is the NFL Thursday we have to be thankful for? I guess I’ll take it compared to the alternative; a Kung Fu Panda marathon and the Wizard of Oz on just about every channel. Then again, the Wizard of Oz is a classic. Oh my.