What are we to make of the Thanksgiving Day schedule?
First off, we get a rare meeting of the Texans and Lions, which wouldn’t draw any headlines had it been played on another day. Sorry, but 3-7 Houston facing 4-6 Detroit just doesn’t whet the appetite.
Next up is Washington at Dallas, a true epic matchup — decades ago. But wait, this is a battle for first place in the NFC East. Sure, we know both teams are 3-7, probably are headed for 10 losses. But it’s for first place.
As for the nightcap, well, that’s special — and it has been moved to Sunday. Baltimore at Pittsburgh presents Pro Picks’ favorite NFL rivalry. These games are always intense, slam-bang affairs in the trenches, with plenty of skill to boot.
But the Ravens have had COVID-19 issues on a short week, so the holiday dessert will be served on the weekend.
Of course, we’d watch this game whenever it is played, unlike the other two holiday contests.
KNOCKOUT POOL: Following a dismal week in which we missed on Best Bet, Upset Special and here with the Vikings, for what it’s worth, Pro Picks tries CLEVELAND.
No. 24 New York Giants (minus 6) at No. 30 Cincinnati
Losing Joe Burrow for the season hurts the Bengals in so many ways. The Giants prosper …