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What To Watch: Thanksgiving Edition

by Robbie Gillies

(Posted early for Thanksgiving Day)

Thanksgiving is such an American holiday. It consists of eating until you can't even stand up anymore, somehow making your way over to the couch (the most exercise you will do all day), then watching hours and hours of television (mainly football). So here's what to watch between naps.

12:30pm ET - FOX - Packers @ Lions
- Who would've thought this game would be the best NFL game on Thanksgiving at the beginning of the season? The Packers are the biggest surprise in football and the Lions aren't too far behind. But the Lions have lost two in a row and still have to face the Chargers, Cowboys, and Packers again this season. The Lions offense has struggled recently and they're facing a Packers team that ranks 4th in the league in scoring defense.

4pm - CBS - Jets @ Cowboys - Last Thanksgiving Tony Romo threw for a Cowboy-record 5 touchdown passes in a 38-10 drubbing of the Bucs. The Jets finally established a pass rush last week against the Steelers, recording 7 of their 16 sacks last weekend. But Tony Romo is much more mobile than Ben Roethlisberger. The Cowboys should roll the Jets and T.O. should have another great performance.

8pm - ESPN - USC @ Arizona State - Dennis Erickson has done an amazing job with Arizona State and has them ranked 7th in the country. But USC head coach Pete Carroll is 6-0 against ASU. This game has huge ramifications for the PAC-10 title and a trip to the Rose Bowl. If ASU wins out they will win the PAC-10. USC needs to win this game, then beat UCLA, and would need Oregon to lose another (very possible without Dixon). Can USC win it's 6th straight PAC-10 title?

8:15pm - NFL Network - Colts @ Falcons
- This is a matchup of QB's. On the Colts side you have Peyton Manning, a traditional quarterback that can read defenses and make plays with his arm and mind. On the Falcons side you have Michael Vick who's been making his signature athletic runs all season long. He's the most electrifying player in the NFL and has really blossomed under first year head coach, Bobby Petrino. This is a possible Super Bowl preview. Hmm. I assume the NFL Network was hoping for something like that. But, unfortunately, I don't think people are going to give two licks about this game.

9:30pm - ESPN2 - George Mason vs. Kansas St.
- If you can't bear the thought of watching the Colts-Falcons game (or, as is more likely the case, you don't get NFL Network), catch some early-season college basketball at the Old Spice Classic. The Patriots return all five starters from last season and the Wildcats have a freshman in Michael Beasley who's already averaging 30 points/game this year.

Non-sports pick - No, I'm not going to do it. I don't care what your wife says. Watch sports and only sports. That's what Thanksgiving is about: Turkey, naps and football. Enjoy.