As he does each week for Thursday Night Football, our NFL analyst Trent Green filed a preview of the action. But, in honor of our special Thanksgiving Day tripleheader, we asked Trent for his insight on all three games scheduled for Thursday. WestwoodOne coverage begins at 12 Noon Eastern.
Green Bay at Detroit:
In a short week, unless there is a really compelling reason to take the road team, I always lean towards the team at home. The Packers have gone 0-3-1 since Aaron Rodgers has been out and while Matt Flynn has a good feel for the offense and played okay last week, I just look for Detroit to get the job done at home on Thanksgiving.
Oakland at Dallas:
I looked at this matchup and immediately I thought, “Tony Romo’s going to have a big day.” Oakland has struggled mightily and though they may get Darren McFadden back, I still think the Raiders have too many questions at the quarterback position. The fact that it’s a short week and they are going on the road doesn’t bode well. The Cowboys tend to play well at home in this game, so look for Romo to lead them to a victory that puts the pressure on Philadelphia to win Sunday to keep pace in the NFC East.
Pittsburgh at Baltimore:
Let’s make it the home team trifecta. While the Steelers come in having won three games in a row, the last few weeks they’ve given up big gains in the passing game and so I look for Joe Flacco to have success throwing the ball down the field in this one. I’m taking the Ravens in front of the loud – and full-bellied – fans under the lights at M&T Bank Stadium.
– Trent Green
WestwoodOne’s coverage of the Thanksgiving Day tripleheader begins with the Packers at the Lions at 12 Noon Eastern. That broadcast will be followed immediately by Raiders at Cowboys at approximately 4 PM Eastern and Steelers at Ravens at approximately 8 PM Eastern.