You know, you could make a case that this is the worst time of the year.
By now, I’m certain you’re all aware of how I feel about Thursday football. So, you can well imagine how I feel about the six teams, instead of the usual two, having to drag their bruised and battered carcasses out onto a football field in order to add a few more pieces of silver to a bunch of billionaires’ piles of filthy lucre.
Not to bag on Thanksgiving, but it really has developed into kind of a sucky holiday. It’s supposed to be about spending time with family, and giving thanks for good fortune, good health, and the blessings that life and the universe bestow upon us. However, it’s often celebrated through gluttonous feasts, as tens of millions of turkeys are slaughtered, and people gorge themselves. Often, these family feasts turn into acrimonious fiascos, due to people often being forced to share space with unpleasant family members. I can only imagine what it must be like since President Bay Orange took office, what with how divided the country is now. My wife and I had a conversation recently with an old friend of hers. This sweet lady’s husband, a wonderful gentleman, has an adult son who is one of these MAGA idiots, and they were talking about how uncomfortable he makes all family get-togethers, to the point where they just don’t want to see him at all. That’s sad.
Then, after all the feasting and fighting, comes the day after, an orgy of naked materialism and capitalism run amok, as people descend upon various and sundry shopping centres and big box stores in order to push, shove, curse, trample, and otherwise assault each other in the quest to obtain marked-down merchandise that they don’t need.
As far as I’m concerned, they can have it.
When you look at it, Thursday football is perfect for this time of year. Fans talk themselves into believing that they’re witnessing something special, when, in fact, they are being suckered into watching a product that is not up to normal standards because the participants aren’t physically or psychologically up to performing at their peak.
We don’t need Thursday football. We REALLY don’t need three games worth.
At any rate, I truly hope that you, dear reader, have a lovely, peaceful Thanksgiving.
Chicago at Detroit
As long as Mitch Trubisky is the starting QB for Chicago, I’m going to have a difficult time picking them to beat any half-way decent team. Detroit, even with Jeff Driskel under Center, is more than capable of giving Chicago a good game. Despite some of the crap that I keep reading and hearing about Detroit, Matt Patricia has done a good job this year, and Detroit’s poor defensive performance has had much more to do with injuries than anything else.
Buffalo at Dallas
I look at Dallas’s roster, and I wonder why they’re not doing better, and I can’t quite figure it out. Whatever it is, their inability to perform well against quality teams this year is the sort of thing that I usually chalk up to poor coaching. Dallas is in for a tough one here. Buffalo has consistently proven that they have one of the toughest defences in the league, and paired with a strong running attack that features Frank Gore and rookie Devin Singletary, they are well-equipped to present a very physical challenge to a tired Dallas team coming off a tough, bad-weather tilt against New England. The key to this game will be how well young Josh Allen performs. Allen’s running prowess and size has given Buffalo’s offence an extra added dimension. For Buffalo to win here, Allen will need to perform well, and avoid turning the ball over.
New Orleans at Atlanta
Atlanta showed a flash of what was expected of them this year with consecutive wins over New Orleans and Carolina, before crashing back to earth last week against Tampa. You’d be hard-pressed to prove that there has been a more disappointing team in the league this year than Atlanta. New Orleans’s defence has been looking a bit ordinary lately with Marshon Lattimore injured, but their offence keeps chugging along in efficient, but unspectacular fashion.
Winner: New Orleans