PEWTERREPORT.COM STAFF STANDINGS

Scott Reynolds 96-62

Jim Flynn 90-68

Hugh MacArthur 86-72

LAST WEEK

Jim Flynn 11-5

Hugh MacArthur
9-7

Scott Reynolds 8-8

Miami at Detroit (Thursday 12:30 PM ET)

MacArthur – This week is, and had been, a rush. In addition to the Thanksgiving holiday and all the attending tasks, I welcomed my second son into the world, and he came home today with his mother. That said, I am not unaware that my liaison with my partner, Theresa, led to a winning week in my projections, so busy or not, we met at Paddy’s again over draught beer to discuss this week’s upcoming slate. Frankly, we were ordering and rushing, and agreed that this particular game was a tough one to call. Theresa still loves the Lions’ uniforms, but the weather turned cold in her native New England, and she was dreaming of warm weather in Miami. We batted this one back and forth. As the tavern door opened, and a blast of late Autumn air caught us unaware, we looked at each other and spoke one word: Miami

Reynolds – It’s unreal that Joey Harrington will actually get to start another game at Ford Field … until you realize it is for the visiting Miami Dolphins. Harrington has been playing decent football and the Dolphins appear to be getting on a roll. If I knew that running back Kevin Jones and kick returner Eddie Drummond would play in this game, I would pick the Lions because they generally play well at home on Thanksgiving. But I don’t, so I’m picking the better team. Miami

Flynn – If the Dolphins can go into Chicago and knock off the Bears, they can certainly escape Detroit with a win over the Lions. Detroit is tough to be at home on Thanksgiving, but the Lions couldn’t even beat the woeful Cardinals last week. Miami

Tampa Bay at Dallas (Thursday 4:15 PM ET)

MacArthur – I am a fool. I do not dispute this to anyone who looks at my picks. Theresa is on record as telling me that because her friend Mark is a diehard Cowboys, fan, that Dallas is the pick in this game. Of course, Las Vegas is screaming the same thing in my ear by giving the Buccaneers 11 points on Turkey Day. Still, I like Jon Gruden’s thought of winning two games in five days. I like that the Bucs should be up coming off a win and getting on national TV during Thanksgiving for the first time. Heck, I even like the fact that the Cowboys are coming off a huge win against the Colts and are probably looking past the Bucs and putting this one in the bank. I love getting the points, and though it is a tough game, I do like our local 53. Tampa Bay

Reynolds – I actually think the Bucs can win this game. This has the makings for being a trap game for Dallas, which is on a roll after last Sunday’s home win against previously unbeaten Indianapolis. Everybody loves Tony Romo, including Jessica Simpson apparently. This game is just so pro-Dallas I smell upset. Nobody is giving the Bucs a chance – except Hugh. I would pick Tampa Bay if they weren’t so banged up. Losing cornerback Juran Bolden and tight end Alex Smith was tough last Sunday. Ellis Wyms not making the trip and Simeon Rice going on injured reserve doesn’t help, either. This game will come down to four matchups –Cowboys pass rushers DeMarcus Ware and Marcus Spears versus Bucs offensive tackles Anthony Davis and Jeremy Trueblood, and Dallas wide receivers Terrell Owens and Terry Glenn versus Tampa Bay cornerbacks Ronde Barber, Torrie Cox and Phillip Buchanon. I don’t like those matchups. Dallas

Flynn – I hate to say it, but Tampa Bay just doesn’t stand a good chance of winning this contest. Including the playoffs, the Cowboys are 7-1 all-time at home vs. the Bucs. While Dallas had a physical game en route to handing Indianapolis its first loss of the season on Sunday, the Cowboys have a stout run defense and are scoring an average of 27 points per game. Dallas’ defense got after Peyton Manning last Sunday. The Bucs probably won’t be able to get Cadillac Williams going, and that’s a scary notion for Bruce Gradkowski and Co. Tampa Bay’s defense will have to keep the Bucs in this contest, but even a solid performance by this unit probably won’t be enough for the Bucs to make T.O. and the Cowboys look like turkeys on Thanksgiving Day. Dallas  

Denver at Kansas City (Thursday 8:00 ET)

MacArthur – This game was absolutely no contest. As fresh draughts arrived, Theresa remarked. “I hate Kansas City. They screwed me last week when Oakland should have won. Who would live in such a Godforsaken place.?” She then added, “Plus, Denver is pretty.” I was convinced. Denver

Reynolds – Theresa hates Kansas City. I love Kansas City, having grown up there. It’s a beautiful place and there’s nothing better than Broncos vs. Chiefs at Arrowhead – except for Raiders vs. Chiefs at Arrowhead … but that was last week. The Chiefs are tough at home in November and December. They will find a way to win. Kansas City

Flynn – Denver’s defense got exposed last Sunday by San Diego’s potent offense. Blowing a 17-point second half lead is tough to recover from, especially when you’re forced to rebound in Kansas City. The Chiefs are near impossible to beat at home in late November and December. Throw in the fact that Kansas City is trying to gain ground on Denver and San Diego in the AFC West division and the Broncos have one hell of a hill to climb in this game. Kansas City


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