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Your Handy Guide to Thanksgiving Football
Even if you never care about the NFL, Thanksgiving football is an entrenched cultural tradition. So, if you'd like to know what's going on during the games this Thursday, read the below analyses, written by Cosmopolitan.com's beauty editor Carly Cardellino, who knows nothing about football, and me, who knows a good amount about football.
Game 1: Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions. (Las Vegas casinos say Detroit is favored to win the game by 5.5 points.)
NFL games are played on Sundays, so a Thanksgiving Thursday game gives players' banged-up bodies just three days to recover. Green Bay just played an overtime game, 25% longer than a standard one; now they're expected to go on the road without their injured star quarterback Aaron Rodgers? I just don't see it. Detroit 27, Green Bay, 17.
I'm going with Green Bay on this one because a) I love cheese and b) my friend Candice's husband Max is from Wisconsin and I think he'd be pissed if I rooted against his team. I also have not one clue about the Detroit Lions — couldn't even tell you their uniform colors. So, Green Bay it is. Green Bay 30, Detroit 18.
Game 2: Oakland Raiders at Dallas Cowboys. (Las Vegas casinos say Dallas is favored to win the game by 8 points.)
An eight point Las Vegas spread means Dallas would have to win this game by more than a touchdown. Dallas hasn't won by that kind of margin since September. Oakland's record might be only 4-7 this year, but they have a talented rookie quarterback who is exceedingly difficult to prepare for, particularly with the aforementioned short week. I think it will be a close one, which is why I'm going with the underdog. Dallas 30, Oakland 28.
I've always loved the Raiders ever since I was little because I'm a big fan of their uniform colors — black and silver, so chic — just throwing that out there. However, navy is really having a moment right now, and since silver is the common thread these two teams' uniforms have, I'm going to have to go with the Cowboys on this one. Navy is the new black after all — and Dallas fans are insane (in a good way) and it's a home game for them, so there's no question — Go Cowboys! Dallas Cowboys 26, Oakland Raiders 15.
Game 3: Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens (Las Vegas casinos say Baltimore is favored to win the game by 3 points.)
These two teams famously maul the crap out of each other. When in doubt, take the defense that's playing better: Baltimore has kept their last five opponents under 21 points. Ravens struggling rusher Ray Rice is itching for a breakout performance against a hated divisional foe. Baltimore 20, Pittsburgh 16.
I'm from a town near Pittsburgh, so by default they're "my team," however, if I had to choose, I'd say the Patriots are my favorite because of Tom Brady. Obviously. The only thing I have to go off of here is that the Steelers beat Cleveland yesterday — I only know this because I went with some friends to have cider at the Hudson Hotel and the games were all on — I feel like they might be on a winning streak. Anyway, here's hoping some die-hard Steelers fans make the trek to Maryland on turkey day to cheer on "my" team! Pittsburgh Steelers 38, Baltimore Ravens 20.
For further research, please consult the below gChat conversation between Carly and David.
Carly:does michael vick still play for the ravens or is he in jail?
David:he never played for the ravens he played for the falcons
David:then he went to jail
and now he plays for the eagles, but he's injured so he won't be playing this week
Carly:who had purple in their uniforms
David:ravens have purple unis yes
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