And without further ado, here are The Rishab Report's predictions for today's games.
I. Green Bay Packers 5-5-1 @ Detroit Lions 6-5
Without Aaron Rodgers, the Packers have been a putrid 0-3-1, almost eliminating them from the playoffs. However, Matt Flynn took the Packers from a 23-7 deficit to a 26-26 tie against the Minnesota Vikings last week. If Matt Flynn can improve upon his performance, he may lead the Packers to their first victory in almost a month. This Packers team has too much talent, and this is a divisional game they have to win.
|Packers Quarterback Matt Flynn|
Meanwhile, the Lions have continued their inconsistent play throughout the entire season. This is a team that has beaten the likes of Chicago twice, Dallas, Washington, Cleveland, and Minnesota. On the other hand, this team has lost to other teams like Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Arizona, and Green Bay. If the Lions are to take a step forward in the division, they must win against Green Bay at home. The Lions haven't won a game on Thanksgiving in ten years.
The Packers will be more hungry for a win than the inconsistent Lions. If the Packers' defense and Matt Flynn preform well, The Lions will continue their losing streak on Thanksgiving.
II. Oakland Raiders 4-7 @ Dallas Cowboys 6-5
After a solid win against the Giants last Sunday, the Cowboys return home to face the Raiders. The Cowboys looked rested and prepared against the Giants, and should fare well against the inconsistent Raiders. This might be the year that Tony Romo gets to the playoffs and wins a game or two. Despite injuries all across the board, the Cowboys have persevered to win six games this season and defeat all divisional opponents so far.
|Is Tony Romo the new Mr. Clutch?|
Nevertheless, the Cowboys are at home for a Thanksgiving and should come out of this one with another win in their hopes to win the NFC East.
III. Pittsburgh Steelers 5-6 @ Baltimore Ravens 5-6
With both team coming off victories last week, this game does have some serious playoff implications. The Steelers are coming off a crucial victory against their division rival, the Browns. Meanwhile, the Ravens beat the Jets at home to remain in the playoff race.
The Steelers have been on a roll, winning their last three games. This is the longest winning streak any AFC team has in the league. With that in mind, the Steelers should be taken very seriously with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger leading the way. Roethlisberger has thrown six touchdowns without any interceptions in his last two games. The Steelers are finally starting to coalesce around each other and are winning games after starting the season 0-4.
Despite the Ravens' solid effort in the last couple of weeks, I'm going to give this one to the Steelers. They seem like a very focused and concentrated team. With that level of confidence, the Ravens will have a hard time stopping the Steelers.
We'll post our other predictions for Sunday on Friday.