POORE's PICKS: THANKSGIVING DAY

Thanksgiving is here and it's a time to be thankful. Resident picks guru Jim Poore picks all the games against the spread including his analysis for each matchup. Follow Jim's picks every week in this space. Enjoy this Thanksgiving special for the picks against the spread for today's games.

This year has three Thanksgiving Day games, and of course the Detroit Lions are a part of the festivities. I often wondered, especially over the last few years, why the Lions got to play on Thanksgiving. Yes, it gives them a short week to prepare, but also more time to get ready for their next game. I guess it balances out in the end, but one would think the NFL would try to make it more fair to the other teams. Anyway, I'll get to the three games, and hopefully I can run the table and get off to a good start for week number 12. As always, home team in CAPS.


Miami 3 DETROIT
It looks like the Dolphins are now playing up to expectations, but of course it is too little too late. The Lions have been lousy all year, and now a national audience will get to witness it. Miami is playing very well right now, and I don't see them having too many problems with a Detroit team that just can't seem to do anything right.
Dolphins 23-10



DALLAS 11 Tampa Bay
The Cowboys now might have the upper hand in the NFC East, with the Giants struggling and Donovan McNabb being lost for the season. They won't have any problems with the Bucs, though Tampa did look better last week against the Redskins. That isn't saying much though. Even though the points are a little high, I'll take the Cowboys anyway.
Cowboys 27-13



Denver 1 KANSAS CITY
This is a huge game here, though I struggle to see how the Broncos are favored. Nevertheless, Trent Green should start to play better with a game under his belt after he struggled last week. The Broncos are looking to bounce back after last week's loss, but I think they might have trouble with the Chiefs this week. Both are looking at a playoff berth, but the Chiefs always have a strong home field advantage, and I think it will help them this week. Take Kansas City here.
Chiefs 31-27



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This year has three Thanksgiving Day games, and of course the Detroit Lions are a part of the festivities. I often wondered, especially over the last few years, why the Lions got to play on Thanksgiving. Yes, it gives them a short week to prepare, but also more time to get ready for their next game. I guess it balances out in the end, but one would think the NFL would try to make it more fair to the other teams. Anyway, I'll get to the three games, and hopefully I can run the table and get off to a good start for week number 12. As always, home team in CAPS.


Miami 3 DETROIT
It looks like the Dolphins are now playing up to expectations, but of course it is too little too late. The Lions have been lousy all year, and now a national audience will get to witness it. Miami is playing very well right now, and I don't see them having too many problems with a Detroit team that just can't seem to do anything right.
Dolphins 23-10



DALLAS 11 Tampa Bay
The Cowboys now might have the upper hand in the NFC East, with the Giants struggling and Donovan McNabb being lost for the season. They won't have any problems with the Bucs, though Tampa did look better last week against the Redskins. That isn't saying much though. Even though the points are a little high, I'll take the Cowboys anyway.
Cowboys 27-13



Denver 1 KANSAS CITY
This is a huge game here, though I struggle to see how the Broncos are favored. Nevertheless, Trent Green should start to play better with a game under his belt after he struggled last week. The Broncos are looking to bounce back after last week's loss, but I think they might have trouble with the Chiefs this week. Both are looking at a playoff berth, but the Chiefs always have a strong home field advantage, and I think it will help them this week. Take Kansas City here.
Chiefs 31-27



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