Giving Thanks for Football: Week 12 Thursday Picks

NFL Picks

Here are Will and Derek’s picks for the Week 12 Thursday games. Picks for the remainder of the games will run on Friday.

(Home team in caps. Line per consensus.)

DETROIT (-2.5) vs. Philadelphia

USA Today

USA Today

Derek: As unfathomable as it seems, the Eagles have only won one more game than the Lions. The Lions have also looked surprisingly competent for two weeks while the Eagles have looked lost for quite some time now. I’m not completely on board with the resurgent Lions, so I’ll take the points.

Will: That seems unfathomable indeed. Basically what this pick comes down to in my eyes is which narrative is stronger: Chip Kelly is still a genius, or Chip Kelly is kind of an idiot. The Lions seem like the sort of team that turns an opposing fool into a genius, but they’ve also won their last two Thanksgiving Day games and lost the one prior in overtime. In the name of Tim “the Toolman” Taylor, I’m picking the Lions.

DALLAS (-1) vs. Carolina

Grant Halverson/Getty Images North America

Grant Halverson/Getty Images North America

Derek: Yes, the undefeated Panthers are underdogs against the 3-7 Cowboys. I would have been all over Dallas if I was getting four points or more, but this is just silly. I cannot in good conscience pick the Cowboys under these circumstances. I’ll take the Panthers.

Will: It seems silly that the Cowboys are favored. I feel even sillier wanting to pick them. Behold the power of Romo! Cowboys it is.

GREEN BAY (-8.5) vs. Chicago

Jamie Squire/Getty Images North America

Jamie Squire/Getty Images North America

Derek: Maybe the Packers are finally back. Or maybe not! No one knows. Matt Forte should be back for the Bears, but Alshon Jeffery may not play and Martellus Bennett is already ruled out. Jay Cutler and his supporting cast could have trouble keeping up if Green Bay’s offense is clicking again. I say the Packers take care of business at home.

Will: The Bears, not unlike the Lions, have been quietly semi-competent lately. They’ve won two of their last three games and have been within a field goal in each of their last three losses. I’ll take the points.

I encourage everyone to back the opposite of my choices. Let it be my Thanksgiving gift to you.

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