This N’ That With Tony Mack: NFL Picks: Thanksgiving Day Edition

By Tony McClean
Updated: November 23, 2004

NEW HAVEN, Ct. — Week 12′s NFL action gets started a bit earlier with the traditional Thanksgiving Day games at Detroit and Dallas. The boys from Motown host the Indianapolis Colts while the Tuna Helpers entertain the Chicago Bears. Not the greatest matchups in the world, but hey it’s football and it’s Thanksgiving.

LAST WEEK: 11-5 (91-70 on the year)
Despite getting burned by the Rams and Lions, we still had a pretty decent week. We’ll take a double-digit win week anytime, especially after having a string of .500 or worse weeks.
Fresh off their dismantling of Da Bears, Indy looks to keep up their momentum against the Boys from Motown. For the Lions, KR Eddie Drummond has been their offense the last two games. Three kick returns TD, including the opening kickoff against the Vikings Sunday, has been just about all of Detroit’s fire power in their last two losses. The Lions usually get up for the Turkey Day game. Witness last year’s upset against the playoff-bound Packers. Can they pull off the trick Thursday? Since Indy’s defense is mediocre at best, the Lions should keep it close but fall in the end.
Pick: Colts.
On a normal Sunday, I probably wouldn’t give this game much play. But it’s Thanksgiving, so we’ll give these teams their due. The Tuna Helpers season of woe got even worse last week after falling in Baltimore. Rookie QB Drew Henson got his first NFL knocks (literally) during mop up time against the Ravens. The biggest question for this game is whether or not Coach Parcells will let him start against Chicago. In the long run, it may not make much of a difference.
Pick: Bears.
NOTE: We’ll have the rest of Week 12 picks later this week on BASN.