Everything you need to know about the NFL for Thanksgiving, including Prisco’s Week 12 picks and Jets bench Zach Wilson

Happy Wednesday everyone. John Breech is busy sending out invitations to Joe Burrow and the Bengals to attend his Thanksgiving dinner, according to sources, so you have me, Cody Benjamin, delivering all the latest from around the NFL ahead of Turkey Day.

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We’ve got top QB news, Thanksgiving game previews, trade rumors and more:

  1. Today’s Show: The Best Thanksgiving Day Game Bets

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Tyler Sullivan joined Will Brinson on Wednesday’s “Pick Six NFL” podcast to break down the full Thanksgiving roster, identifying their best bets and predicting the final results for the trio of holiday games. Some highlights:

  • Both guys expect the Lions to bounce back, but not to the point where they’ll be betting against Josh Allen. Brinson thinks Buffalo’s game against Detroit “is a Josh Allen flashpoint” and wouldn’t be shocked if the Bills win by 20.
  • Brinson and Sully also agree that Dallas is an easy bet against the rival Giants. The former thinks the Cowboys will “destroy” New York on the big stage, and Sully thinks America’s team will do it by selling out against the run.
  • Guys are split on Patriots-Vikings. Kirk Cousins ​​in prime time against Bill Belichick scares Brinson, who predicts a one-score game regardless of the outcome. But Sully has “no faith” in New England’s pass protection, advising only to hit the Under in what could be an ugly defensive battle.

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2. Prisco’s picks: Cowboys defeat Giants, Titans upset Bengals

Pete Prisco has been on fire with NFL picks recently, going 11-3 straight and 4-2 with the best bets for Week 11. Now he’s back with predictions for every week 12 game. Here is a sample:

  • Cowboys 31, Giants 14: The Giants are coming off a horrible performance at home against the Lions, which means they may have been looking ahead to this one. They are very limited in attack.
  • Titans 27, Bengals 21: This is a rematch from the playoff game in which the Bengals upset the Titans on the road. Derrick Henry wasn’t himself when they were playing back then. It is now.
  • Eagles 26, Packers 21: The Packers’ playoff chances are almost alive. Aaron Rodgers didn’t play well last week, but I think he’s playing better here. The Eagles haven’t looked great the last two games. The Packers keep it close.

3. Thanksgiving preview: Key games, top historical moments

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Are you ready to celebrate Turkey Football Day? Here’s everything you need to know beforehand:

4. QB changes: Jets bench Zach Wilson, Panthers turn to Sam Darnold

It’s a big week for current and former Jets quarterbacks. In New York, Gang Green has Zach Wilson solemnly croakeddays after coach Robert Saleh declined to commit as a 2021 starter. Saleh previously defended Wilson, who struggled mightily in the Jets’ Week 11 loss to the Patriots, but he changed his tone in the wake of Wilson publicly downplaying his role in the team’s recent offensive struggles. The former No. 2 overall pick will be replaced by Mike White on Sunday against the Bears. In Carolina, meanwhile, is Wilson’s predecessor, Sam Darnold back as the Panthers starting QB, taking over for Baker Mayfield against the Broncos. He has yet to play this year while recovering from injury.

5. Aaron Rodgers trade rumors: Possible landing spots in 2023

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Rodgers is still trying to get the Packers into the playoffs, but 2022 has been a real struggle for him and Green Bay. At 4-7, with a game against the 9-1 Eagles looming, it’s not too early to wonder what lies beyond this season. If the QB doesn’t retire, it’s possible he’ll be looking for a fresh start, which he’s enjoyed in the past, and especially since it might also benefit the Packers to rebuild. In case this happens, we detected 11 different potential suitors for A-Rod. Here are some:

  • Jet: Second-year QB Zach Wilson is already on thin ice both on the field and in the locker room, proving to be the weakest link in an otherwise intense playoff run. And offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur, a student of Kyle Shanahan, is the younger brother of Matt, Rodgers’ coach in Green Bay.
  • Seahawks: Geno Smith is one of the best stories this year, but at 32 years old, approaching free agency, it will be a risky bet given that 2022 is his only productive season as a starter. Pete Carroll, 71, is probably interested in racing sooner rather than later. He has plenty of cap space ($30.6 million) to use and even more draft picks than the Russell Wilson deal.
  • Titans: Ryan Tannehill is doing a good job for a team that never dies, but he’s owed more than even Rodgers in 2023, and another early playoff exit seems to confirm his cap hit. A-Rod also loves Mike Vrabel, who has yet to field a superstar at QB despite a proven track record of postseason contention.

6. Quick action roundup: Odell sweepstakes, QB Power Rankings, more

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