My Fantasy Pick’em: Thanksgiving Day NFL picks
Welcome to our weekly My Fantasy Pick’em where Dan Schalk, Brandon Reid and Orlando Torres pick all of the NFL games straight up. At the end of the season we will crown one champion of all champions. You can check all three out on the My Fantasy Podcast airing weekly here on My Fantasy Sports Talk.
After a rough week in Week 10, all three guys had solid weeks especially Orlando who ended Week 11 with an 11-3 record. Dan and Brandon tied with 8-5 weeks, maintaining Dan’s slim one-game lead for another week. Here is the updated standings before we pick the Thanksgiving Day games.
Dan Schalk: 93-65-2
Brandon Reid: 92-66-2
Orlando Torres: 88-70-2
Thanksgiving Day NFL Picks
Vikings (6-4) at Lions (6-4)
Dan Schalk: Minnesota Vikings. This was the toughest game to pick on the Thanksgiving Day schedule. I’m still a believer in the Vikings defense and they are starting to get healthier than they were during their four-game losing streak. I’ll take the better defense to prevail.
Brandon Reid: Detroit Lions. The Vikings got back on the winning track against Arizona last week, which I didn’t see coming. The Lions beat the Vikings in Minnesota two weeks ago, albeit in overtime. Neither team can run the ball. I feel more confident about the Lions offense than the Vikings, despite how good the Vikings defense may be. The Lions previous win over the Vikings, and now being at home on Thanksgiving day, gives me enough confidence to pick the Lions.
Orlando Torres: Minnesota Vikings. In week 9 the Lions went into Minnesota and beat the Vikings 22-16. Since then, the Lions have struggled getting their run game together, Marvin Jones has been ghost since week 5 and Matthew Stafford has been inconsistent as of late. Their defense however did most of the scoring last week, and I expect another defensive showdown in the early game. Vikings finally stopped the bleeding and beat the Cards, I expect them to avenge their week 9 loss on Thanksgiving.
Redskins (6-3-1) at Cowboys (9-1)
Dan Schalk: Dallas Cowboys. I’m still not a believer in the Redskins as a whole, but they are dangerous enough to give the Cowboys fits. Every week I become more and more of a believer in Dak Prescott, and this type of moment on Thanksgiving Day is where he shines. Give me the Cowboys is a close contest until the fourth quarter when the Boys start to pull away.
Brandon Reid: Dallas Cowboys. I looked hard for a reason to pick against the Cowboys for the third straight week because smart money says they will drop a game soon. I started with rush defense and learned that Washington has given up 13 rush TD’s this season. That’s tied for second worst in the NFL. This is a tough division game against a really solid Redskins team, but I’m not going against the Cowboys at home in this one on Thanksgiving day.
Orlando Torres: Dallas Cowboys. As hot as Dallas has been you’ve got to expect an upset coming up soon right? I’m pretty close to picking the Redskins here as much as it pains me to say that, but this has all the fireworks in the making. In week 2 it felt like Prescott was feeling the pressure of the fans and team wanting Romo back after a week 1 loss to the Giants, and they went into FedEx field and stormed back late in the game to win. Kirk Cousins on the other hand has quite a tale of his own and has been red-hot in the past few weeks. I expect a bunch of points scored here, but Dallas survives a scare in week 12.
Steelers (5-5) at Colts (5-5)
Dan Schalk: Pittsburgh Steelers. I don’t think either team has much of a chance should they make the postseason, but with the Colts possibly missing Andrew Luck is too much to pull out a victory against a desperate Steelers team.
Brandon Reid: Pittsburgh Steelers. The Colts are really not a good team, unless they are playing the Titans. I’m still not a believer in Indy. Andrew Luck is coming off a concussion, if he plays at all. If he doesn’t play, the Colts have absolutely no shot. I believe Pittsburgh is the better team, with the better players. Indoors, no weather conditions at play, I have the Steelers winning. If Luck doesn’t play, no need to even watch this late Turkey Day game.
Orlando Torres: Pittsburgh Steelers. In another high scoring affair I’m going with the Steelers here. Both defenses won’t scare you. Don’t be fooled by the dominating stats from the Pittsburgh D in week 11 it was against the Browns, but with Andrew Luck coming up in the concussion protocol it might not be smart to rush him back in a short week.
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