After a wild eleven weeks of football this season, I think it’s time talk about what we’re really thankful for. Sure I can go off about all the gooey stuff like family, friends, puppies, my health, my freedom, and all that stuff; and don’t get me wrong, I’m extremely thankful for all of that stuff and a whole lot more, but for now, let’s talk football. And what a better time than on Thanksgiving. The year’s brought us to many new highs, but so many lows as well. We’ve seen everything. Records broken, like six undefeated teams go 5-0, ACL’s teared, you name it, 2015’s brought it. This year the mightiest of the mighty have fallen, and the unknown has definitely happened. And I have a feeling there’s still a lot more to come. So before you dive into your Thanksgiving feast, and enjoy a day of “Food,Family, and Football”, check out this quick article as to what i’m thankful for this football season, and what I expect for today’s games.
7 Football things I’m thankful for this year :
- Todd Gurley – Although you can make a secure argument for guys like Amari Cooper, and Jameis Winston, I think Todd Gurley’s leading the 2015 Rookie of the Year campaign. As a rookie, Gurley’s currently fourth in rushing yards, only behind Adrian Peterson, Doug Martin, and Chris Johnson. Gurley’s 775 rushing yards through ten games are very impressive, as are his 6 touchdowns, which are just two reasons why he’s a huge candidate for ROTY, and one of the league’s most exciting players at the moment.
- The struggle of Peyton Manning – As a Patriots fan, you have to understand where I’m coming from with this one. The Myans have predicted it for centuries, and now it’s finally coming true; Peyton Manning stinks. His team’s record might not say so, and you can throw that “injury card” all you want, but we know the truth Peyton. In the words of Joey Gladstone .. “CUT IT OUT!” Father time seems to have finally caught up with Peyton.
- Rex Ryan whining – No, not winning, whining. The man whines like a baby, and I don’t know whether I love it or hate it. I love seeing the man get pissed and throw his headset around like an aggravated toddler not getting his way, but come on Rex, it’s getting a little annoying. Like we get it, you’re mad, lol chill out dude.
- Missed Extra Points – Since the NFL made the crucial rule change of furthering the extra point kick to a 33 yard one, we’ve never seen more extra points missed than this season. It’s actually comical really. This season, kickers have missed a total of 41 extra points… crazy right? What’s crazier is that it’s more than like the past eight years combined, and we’re only in week 12. Clearly that rule has made a HUGE impact on the game, and is one thing I’m really thankful for this season.
- DeAndre Hopkins – One of the studliest-studly wide receivers the year’s seen is DeAndre Hopkins. Even though the guy has basically a high school quarterback throwing his way, he finds a way to torch EVERYONE. Last week was the great Darrelle Revis for 118 yards, and 2 touchdowns. Hopkins is the real deal, and if he hasn’t grabbed your attention yet, what’s the address of the rock you’re currently living under?
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Who would’ve thunk that after eleven weeks, we’d be talking about the Tamp Bay Yuckaneers as a possible wild card team? Well at the moment, it actually could happen! They’re 5-5 right now, but they’re only one spot behind Atlanta for the number two spot in their division, and only a few wins back from teams like the Vikings, and Packers. A wildcard looks pretty realistic for the Bucs.
- Pats, Panthers – I know I’ve said it like about a jillion times in about like six articles, but we have to really appreciate these two undefeated teams. New England, and Carolina are spectacular right now, and they’re playing history ball. For the first time in NFL history, two teams are 10-0, and that’s nuts seeing how they’ve both overcame so many crucial injuries, to so many key players this year. When will the Panthers and Patriots lose? It’s a question that the world may never know.
Predictions for Thanksgiving games :
Eagles-Lions : What’s better than an Eagles-Lions matchup on Thanksgiving? Ok, so you could make a very lengthy list, I get it. However, I’m excited to see what happens in this one. The Lions always seem to play different on thanksgiving, and this year I expect them to ball out against the Eagles. Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford‘ll be eating up lots of Bird this Turkey Day. Predicted Score : 35-13, Lions.
Panthers-Cowboys : I originally had Dallas winning this game a few weeks ago, and then I heard a stat that in Tony Romo‘s career, he’s stopped the streaks of two undefeated teams in the past, (Colts of ’06, Saints of ’09). So now I really think Dallas takes this one away from Carolina. Plus, Dallas is the home team, and I think that could play an itty-bitty factor in the game.This one should be a great game, and we’ll be talking about it all the way until the 1:00 Sunday games. Dallas wins it in nail bitter fashion. Predicted Score : 27-23, Cowboys.
Bears-Packers : With the Vikings-Packers race to Division winner heating up, Green Bay knows what they gotta do. Aaron Rodgers should have a nice night, and they should beat Chicago smoothly. Don’t tell me you can’t picture him right now with the turkey in his mouth that the winner gets prized with on Sunday Night Football. Green Bay grabs a needed home win versus their rival Bears. Predicted Score : 24-16, Packers.
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Enjoy the day with family, and other loved ones on this Thanksgiving. It’s a great holiday if you live by my standards of the three F’s. “Food, Family, and Football.” Thanks, again, and Happy Thanksgiving!