Brothers Osborne did not have the performance they expected at Thursday's National Football League game between the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions. The Bills have a brutal four-game stretch ahead that could derail a 8-3 season from AFC wild-card contention.
So, if you've been waiting for another opportunity to cheer on Amari Cooper, now's your chance. The win over the Giants "was marred with the same inconsistencies, miscommunication and shortcomings that have plagued the Bears all season".
The lone inter-conference game on the Thanksgiving schedule offers fans an intriguing matchup between teams that are likely to make the playoffs.
That wasn't enough for the Detroit Lions, who lost yet again despite a stirring debut from their third-string quarterback. Having allowed just 17.1 points per game (fourth in the NFL), the Chicago defense might not be as dominant as a season ago, but it's still excellent. Hindsight is 20/20, but I probably deserved to lose when I endorsed Jeff Driskel and the Lions as a road favorite.
The Lions have been an underdog in their annual Thanksgiving game eight times over the past 12 seasons, covering the spread in only one of those games.
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Without doubt, the most attractive duel of the day will be the visit of the New Orleans Saints to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, to measure the Atlanta Falcons. Trubisky has been woeful with his 80.5 rating (30th), 5.8 yards per attempt (32nd) and 185.8 yards a game (32nd) providing ample evidence of his struggles. The Saints have exclusively performed two video games on the vacation, whereas the Falcons have appeared in three video games. Add to that that Ryan may now have a limited Julio Jones (shoulder).
Oops! So much for a smooth show for the Brothers Osborne. Ranked third in total defense, Buffalo's strength is on that side of the ball, but its offense continues to improve. That changes starting Thursday: After facing Dak Prescott and the Cowboys, Buffalo must face Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens and Tom Brady and the Patriots over the season's final weeks. Allen will do his best to keep his team in the game both passing and running with former Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley helping him in a "revenge game", but Prescott has more firepower around him.
The Cowboys' defense is often overlooked, but it allows just 213.6 passing yards and 19.1 points per game.
Time: 8:20 p.m. Receiving - Michael Thomas (1,242 yds). The difference here is that the Falcons defense has let them down, allowing 27 points per game and nearly 400 yards in total offense on average to their opponent. However, he's coming off an bad showing in a loss to Tampa Bay in which he completed just 50 percent of his throws, had no touchdowns and an interception.