**This article was written before the NFL postponed the Ravens/Steelers game. It has been edited**
(+2, O/U 48)
The Houston Texans are traveling to the Motor City this week for a showdown with the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day. The Detroit Lions were shutout on Sunday by the Carolina Panthers. The Lions were not able to score on the #18th ranked YPG NFL Defense. This week it should be a little bit easier for the Lions since they’ll be facing the 31st YPG ranked NFL Defense. Texans Quarterback DeShaun Watson is fifth in passing yards and will likely have minimal problems with the Motor City Kittie’s secondary, giving up an average of 258.4 passing yards per game. On the other hand, Matt Stafford is facing a team that gives up six fewer yards as they have a 252.4 passing yards per game average.
The Lions and Texans’ team rushing averages are very similar, which will probably be a wash. The receiving for both teams will likely be the same as well. This game will probably be entertaining since both teams are very similar when it comes down to the numbers on paper.
Both Head Coaches are part of Bill Belichick Coaching Tree. The Lions Matt Patricia was a coach on Belichick’s staff for 14 seasons, and the Texans Romeo Crennel either coached on the same team or was a coach on Belichick’s staff for a total of 18 seasons.
I believe the Texans will cover, and I would go with the over.
Washington Football Team
(-2.5, O/U 48)
The Dallas Cowboys won a game not many experts expected them to win this weekend against the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings were the home favorites against the Cowboys, but that did not seem to matter. Dallas’s defense did not play well by giving up 314 passing yards for Kirk Cousins, 115 rushing yards for Dalvin Cook, 123 yards, and two touchdowns to Adam Thielen. The one thing that Dallas has going for them now going into Thursday’s game is that they are playing a team that does not have an offense like Minnesota.
The Cowboys finally had something working when star Running Back Ezekiel Elliott gained over 100 yards in a game for the first time this year. Rookie Wide Receiver CeeDee Lamb had his second consecutive game with a touchdown. Dallas’s defense managed to get the Vikings to turnover the ball twice as well.
The Washington Football Team pulled out a victory against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday; however, the season-ending injuries that happened to Bengals Rookie Quarterback Joe Burrows caused their win to be somewhat overshadowed.
Washington will head into Dallas feeling pretty confident since they beat them handily in their last match-up a little over a month ago. Washington will make sure the Cowboys have their hands full with Terry McLaurin and Antonio Gibson. Gibson had 94 yards rushing and one touchdown on Sunday. The second-year wide receiver McLaurin had 84 yards receiving with five receptions. He is also fourth in the NFL in receiving yards, which is very impressive.
I believe this game will be very close; I think Dallas will win. The Cowboys will cover, but I would take the under if I were to take any action on this game.
POSTPONED moved to Sunday, November 29th
When Division rivals play each other, it can be a safe bet you will get a close and entertaining game. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens will be a good matchup for those who can stay awake and watch it. If you can’t, do not blame it on the tryptophan in Turkey, it’s a myth scientists say. The NFL schedulers did a great job unintentionally when they scheduled this game. I can tell you NBC is giddy for having an undefeated team playing on their network. This game would have garnered ratings either way, though.
The Steelers have been shockingly impressive; nobody other than the Steelers and Rooney Family themselves can say they expected to be 10-0 going into this game. Ben Roethlisberger has been exceeding expectations for his play. That said, the Steelers had the second most manageable schedule based on their opponent’s 2019 winning percentage. The only team ahead of them in that stat is the team they are playing, the Ravens.
This meeting has the potential to be a great game between two rival teams. The future Hall of Fame Quarterback is taking on one of the NFL’s youngest stars, Quarterback Lamar Jackson. The Steelers have great receivers in JuJu Smith-Schuster and Rookie standout Chase Claypool. The Ravens do not match up well against the Steelers receivers; however, Tight End Mark Andrews is having a pretty solid year with five touchdowns so far.
The Ravens have the edge in rushing because of Jackson; the Ravens Quarterback is 13th in rushing this season. The Steelers Running Back James Connor is 12th in rushing but having a dual-threat can make things more difficult plus, the Ravens have Gus Edwards, J.K. Dobbins, and Mark Ingram II in their backfield.
The Steelers have the edge on defense, as they have 36 sacks and 11 interceptions. The Ravens have 25 sacks and four interceptions.
This match-up intrigues me, but I believe the Steelers will move on to 11-0. They will cover the spread, and I would take the under in this game.