The Player’s Turkey Day Picks

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The National Football Post’s Matt Bowen gets you ready for the slate of Thanksgiving games by making his picks.

Green Bay (6-4) at Detroit (2-8)

12:30 (EST) FOX

Current Line: Packers -11

As with any short week in the NFL, injuries take center stage. In Detroit, both QB Matthew Stafford and WR Calvin Johnson are banged up. Stafford is expected to be a game-time decision, and although we all want to see the rookie play, I don’t think the game plan will be altered much if we do see backup QB Daunte Culpepper in the lineup. Expect the Lions to take some deep shots down the field early—testing this Packers secondary without Al Harris—hoping to get a big play that allows them to head into halftime with a chance to make adjustments to win this game. But, even in saying that, I like the Packers matchup with Aaron Rodgers against a very average Lions secondary that should produce enough points to take over this game by the start of the fourth quarter—when Ford Field should begin to empty out. We would all like to see the Lions match up with the Packers, but it isn’t going to happen. I like Green Bay as the Packers move to 7-4 and continue their playoff push.

Packers 33 Lions 17

4:15 (EST) CBS

Current Line: Cowboys -13

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