Give thanks today for NFL football

Today marks Thanksgiving Day for our neighbours up north.

In Cayman it tends to bear little meaning as it is not a holiday but for the US it’s a day of family gatherings, big dinners and lots of American football.

The pigskin action picks up from 12:30pm as the Green Bay Packers take on the Detroit Lions on Fox.

In spite of defensive lapses the Packers are a surprising 6-4 and firmly in second in the NFC North.

Carrying the team has been an offense that ranks fifth in the NFC in points scored (262) and in the top ten in the league in points (26.2), total yards (378) and passing yards (254.9) per game.

Aaron Rodgers has been the man with 2,788 passing yards and 19 touchdowns in the pocket. His favourite targets have been Donald Driver (703 receiving yards) and Greg Jennings (669 receiving yards).

Green Bay’s hopes of mid-January playoff football depend on them taking care of the Lions.

Detroit doesn’t have a good enough D to keep them in the game in front of their home crowd so expect a 38-18 blow-out for the Pack.

From there America’s team, the Dallas Cowboys, plays its annual Thanksgiving game. This time it’s against the Oakland Raiders at 4:15pm on CBS.

Dallas finds itself barely atop the tight NFC East at 7-3. Steadying Dallas’ early run has been a much-improved D that has allowed the fewest points (175) in the NFC.

Key to that defense has been off-season pick-up Keith Brooking (73 tackles, three sacks) and linebacker extraordinaire Demarcus Ware (seven sacks).

The Cowboys have a tough schedule to close out the year but they have the potential to nab a top seed if they win.

Dallas is a physical side and as such should be able to handle Oakland’s gutsy efforts for a hard-fought 18-10 victory.

From there the game of the day takes place at 8:20pm as the New York Giants take on the Denver Broncos.

Both teams are barely in the playoff picture at 6-4 and need wins to get into the playoffs past tough conference opponents.

For the Giants the key is simply Eli Manning. He has to be a good game manager and not add to his nine interception total.

Meanwhile with Kyle Orton not 100 percent Denver has to rely on its defense yet again to stop its four-game skid.

In the end this should be a statement game for Justin Tuck and his defensive line-mates in a 21-12 win for New York.