BASN NFL PIcks: Thanksgiving Day Edition

By Tony McClean
Updated: November 23, 2005

NEW HAVEN, Ct. — Before we get ready for another week of NFL action, BASN takes a quick look at Thursday’s Thanksgiving contests in Detroit and Dallas. Now don’t despair, after I finish my Turkey Day meal (ummmmm……turkey….), we’ll make our regularly scheduled picks for Week 12.

Among this week’s tops games include the Giants at Seattle, the Bears visiting Tampa Bay on Sunday, and the undefeated Colts hosting the Steelers on Monday Night Football. But for now, let’s talk about Thursday’s games
Go to fullsize image Go to fullsize image FALCONS at LIONS
When they met last October, the Boys from Motown sacked QB Michael Vick six times and forced four turnovers in Detroit’s 17-10 win. Both teams are coming in reeling a bit. The Dirty Birds are coming off two straight home losses (against the Bays, Green and Tampa) while the Lions got embarrassed by the Tuna Helpers at Big D. We all know that Detroit gets up for Turkey Day (33-30-2 all-time), but Atlanta needs this game to stay in the playoff race. Here’s some food (non-poultry) for thought: Motown has won three of their last five meetings against Atlanta. Just something to chew on while waiting for the pies to cool off. Ummmmm…….pies…..
Pick: Falcons.
Go to fullsize image Go to fullsize image BRONCOS at COWBOYS
There are some that think the Broncos could be a sleeper pick for the Super Bowl. Don’t count me as a part of that group. I must admit that Denver’s D has taken it to another level and QB Jake Plummer is playing out of his mind (0 picks in a franchise-record 219 attempts entering Thursday’s game), but I’m admittingly feeling stubborn about them. As for the Tuna Helpers, they sit atop the NFC East (they own the tiebreaker against the Giants) on the strength of a strong D. With the emergence of rookie RB Marion Barber, the Dallas offense may be starting to peak at the right time.
Pick: Cowboys.