Thanksgiving day games Dan Caesar, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Green Bay at Detroit
When: 9:30 a.m. (Fox 28) Records: Packers (5-5-1), Lions (6-5)
Line: Lions by 6. O/U: 50
Synopsis: With QB Aaron Rodgers still out (broken collarbone), Matt Flynn gets the call for the first time this season for Green Bay after rallying the team to a tie in relief of struggling Scott Tolzien. He works against the No. 27 pass defense. The Pack is 0-3-1 without Rodgers but Flynn showed spark. Detroit has been disappointing – a home loss to lowly Tampa Bay on Sunday – but should move the ball vs. Green Bay’s 20th-rated defense, However, the Lions have lost nine in a row on Thanksgiving, and 11 of 12, despite being at home. And vs. Green Bay, they have lost 15 of the last 16 meetings.
Pick: Packers 29-26
Oakland at Dallas
When: 1:30 p.m. (CBS) Records: Raiders (4-7), Cowboys (6-5)
Line: Cowboys by 9 O/U: 47 1/2
Synopsis: Dallas comes off a big road win over the Giants, is at home where it’s 4-1 and gets a foe that’s 1-4 on the road and is minus key receiver Denarius Moore (shoulder injury). However, Dallas has the league’s third-worst defense and the worst overall “D” (allowing 432.2 yards per game), and Oakland is expected to finally have RB Darren McFadden back for limited duty. Raiders QB Matt McGloin makes just his third career start, but has been OK – four TD passes, one interception. He could keep Oakland close vs. Dallas’ banged-up defense.
Pick: Cowboys 27-20
Pittsburgh at Baltimore
When: 5:30 p.m. (NBC) Records: Steelers (5-6), Ravens (5-6)
Line: Ravens by 3 O/U: 40 1/2
Synopsis: Pittsburgh has come alive, winning its last three games – all by double-digits – and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has seven touchdown passes, with just one interception, during the surge. The defense has allowed more than 11 points just once during the streak and the clamp-down should continue as the Ravens score just 20.6 points per game. Look for a close-to-the-vest outing for both teams as the Ravens are 4-1 at home, where they give up just 10.8 points.
Pick: Steelers 20-17