Week 12 of the NFL season kicks off and it's the earliest start to the week of the season, with the first game getting underway right around the time your in-laws arrive. Who says the league has become over saturated? On days like this, you could argue three games of football isn't enough.
(sidebar - I love my in-laws but sometimes it's cool for sports writers to pretend like they hate theirs and make lame jokes about the Holidays, just wanted to give it a try)
Three games this Turkey Day, I'll put the maximum amount of points on them now and then we'll finish the rest of the picks later this week.
Last Week: 7-5-2 Year to Date: 76-79-4
16 points - Detroit (-2.5) over Minnesota
Going to ride the favorites today, and we'll start with the Lions to knock off Minnesota. I like the Lions to come out of the NFC North at this point, even with the news that Adrian Peterson may be able to return for the Vikings later in the season. Detroit could use some help in their running game which is why they won't go far in the playoffs, but they'll be good enough to win the division. Now despite not thinking Detroit anywhere close to a Super Bowl contender, I'd still be willing to throw down $100 on them to win the Super Bowl in a year that has been very good to the underdog. The odds getting increasingly better for Detroit, so put your money on them now before you lose out on any more winnings. I thought about laying some money down (legally!) a few weeks ago at which point the Lions were 60/1 odds. Latest check has them at 33/1. That's almost $3000 I could have cost myself if the Lions win the Super Bowl! Hopefully there's some extra money in my Thanksgiving stocking, but in the mean time I'll have to hope Detroit wins so I can grab my 25 entertainment points from Chuck.
15 points - Dallas (-7.0) over Washington
I actually think Dallas is going to win the game by 7, can you bet on a game to push? I guess that would be a waste of money no matter what the result, but I like Dallas to cover here if for no other reason they've been doing it all season. They are 9-0-1 against the spread, so let's ride that train until it stops. Washington could be the upset pick of the day as they've been as hot as just about anyone. Well, anyone but the Cowboys that is.
14 points - Pittsburgh (-9.0) over Indianapolis
Scott Tolzien could be getting the start on Thursday night and it appears likely that he will. The Colts have the benefit of being the home team, but I've been waiting for a 35 plus point explosion from the Steelers. I see Pittsburgh putting up the type of game I thought the Packers would have been able to a couple of weeks ago.