Minnesota powers past Detroit 30-23 to win Thanksgiving clash, Keenum owns the day:

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The Detroit Lions play every Thanksgiving but it was the Minnesota Vikings who seized the day in 2017. Not even going on the road to the Motor City could stop Minnesota from pulling out a huge 30-23 win and Detroit struggled to match up with the much more powerful Vikings. Case Keenum was excellent throwing for 282 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. There was times in this game Keenum was taking big shots from Lionsā€™ defenders and still managed to deliver strikes downfield. Thereā€™s no doubt this is Case Keenumā€™s team moving forward and the Vikings offensive line deserves a lot credit for their work upfront. Mike Zimmerā€™s team combined for 136 rushing yards as a team and they kept the Lions on their heels. Latavius Murray was at the forefront of that rushing attack with 84 yards and 1 touchdown. Kyle Rudolph also had a big day for the Vikings offense hauling in 2 touchdowns and 63 receiving yards. Matthew Stafford did all he could for Detroit he threw for 250 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Marvin Jones was extremely reliable for the Lions catching 2 touchdowns and over 100 receiving yards (109). On the defensive side of the things the Vikings were led by Everson Griffen who recorded 4 tackles, 2 sacks, and 1 forced fumble. Xavier Rhodes had a good performance too he chalked up 5 tackles and a game clinching interception. Tahir Whitehead was the Lions top defender he had 13 tackles. Jared Davis contributed 7 stops for Detroit as well. Minnesota seizes commanding control of the NFC North division with a 9-2 record. Nobody wants to play the Purple People Eaters when the postseason arrives because this team is gritty and they just find ways to win. This is easily one of the best teams in the NFC and they can knock off anybody.

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Darrelle Revis will bolster the Kansas City Chiefsā€™ secondary after signing a 2 year contract:

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The Kansas City Chiefs knew they had to improve their secondary for the final stretch of the season and Darrelle Revis is the perfect answer. Revis signed a 2 year contract with the Chiefs and will most likely start opposite of Marcus Peters. If Revis can capture his top form which led him to 7 Pro Bowls then this will be a huge steal for this football team. Kansas City has really struggled against the pass and the addition of a veteran corner will allow this team to feel more comfortable from a coverage stand point. When you also add in the fact that Chiefs Defensive Coordinator Bob Sutton has worked with Revis during their time together with the Jets. It makes sense because there isnā€™t going to be a huge learning curve for Darrelle Revis from a system stand point. Revis not only knows Suttonā€™s terminology playbook wise he also understands his past coachā€™s expectations. We saw Jay Cutler come out of retirement to play for his former coach in Miami and really this is a very similar situation. People might not realize it but football is a very mental game and understanding the strategies put forth by a coaching staff can give you a leg up. The other factor for Darrelle Revis is how good of shape he is in? We saw the 32 year old struggle with the speed of the game last season in New York. In order to put those woes behind him Revis is going to have to make sure he has been doing his cardio and wind sprints. By improving his motor and strengthening his fast twitch muscles the former Super Bowl champion (Revis) can turn back the clock a little bit. Maybe the new scenery can also help this guy fall in love with football all over again. Remember there were allegations coming out of the Big Apple that Revis lost his love for the game, a new team and a new environment could reinvigorate him.

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Robby Anderson has been the best receiver out of New York this year and that goes for either team:

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The New York Jets are currently 4-6 on the year but this team does have a bright spot in 2nd year Wide Receiver Robby Anderson. Anderson has been the best pass catcher out of the Big Apple in 2017 and that goes for either team (Jets or Giants). With Odell Beckham sidelined for the rest of the season with a fractured ankle Robby Anderson has quietly solidified himself as the top receiving act in town and this guy is very entertaining to watch. With his 4.34 40 yard dash time the former Temple Owl is extremely explosive and coaches say he plays faster than that test time. Those natural athletic abilities allow Anderson to slip past defenders and his speed creates natural mismatches. Anderson also has a pretty interesting backstory after going undrafted in 2016 the Jets signed him as a project player. What that essentially means is New York saw potential in 24 year old and thought he could be a good player with the right development. Now just a season later Robby Anderson has been a pleasant surprise for the Jets and this team would be in trouble without him. After losing Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker this past off-season fans in NYC were concerned with the lack of talent at the receiver position. Anderson stepped up during that vacancy and that says a lot about the young wide outs’ capability to perform under pressure. The National Football League is easily one of the most competitive sports in the world and Anderson is raising the bar. The future is certainly bright for this up and coming star and the only thing he really has to do is add a little bit of weight to his frame. Robby Anderson is around 190 pounds if he can put on 10 pounds of muscle or so look out because this kid is going to be a very special player.

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Paxton Lynch will take over as Denverā€™s starting quarterback with pressure building against the Broncos:

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The Denver Broncos are on a six game losing streak and now it appears Head Coach Vance Joseph is making a change at QB. Second year Quarterback Paxton Lynch will take over the reins for this team and the Broncos are hoping Lynch can provide a spark for their offense. For those who arenā€™t familiar Denver is ranked 24th in the league in scoring with only 183 points for the season. The move to Lynch is an attempt to change the identity of the team and thereā€™s certainly some things the young passer does well. First and foremost Paxton Lynch is 6 foot 7 inches so he has the ability to see over the offensive line and can scan the field with ease. If the pass protection starts to fall apart Lynch can also buy time with his legs and is unusually mobile for his size. The real underlining factor whether Lynch can be a full time starter is how well his arm holds up though? Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas are desperate to make some big plays in the passing game and they just havenā€™t been able to do with Brock Osweiler and Trevor Siemian calling the shots. The idea is that Lynch can use his youthfulness and playmaking ability to give this offense another gear and itā€™s worth a shot considering how bad Denver has been when it comes to putting points on the board. Vance Joseph needs to get things turned around so or he will find himself on the hot seat before he knows it. John Elway also has a lot of pressure mounting against him so everyoneā€™s job is up for grabs at the moment. Thatā€™s part of working / playing in the National Football League and now it will be up to Lynch to go out there and keep his head coach and general manager employed.

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The Atlanta Falcons keep their postseason hopes alive with a 34-31 win over the Seattle Seahawks:

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The Atlanta Falcons went to the Super Bowl a season ago but if they lost to the Seattle Seahawks making the playoffs would have been much tougher. While there is six games left in the season and plenty of time for Atlanta to get hot the NFC playoff picture is really heating up. You have teams like Seattle and Detroit who are trying to snatch up the final wildcard spot and Atlanta couldnā€™t afford to fall behind. Luckily for the Falcons they were playing a banged up Seahawks team and Matt Ryan made enough magic happen to pull off a win. Ryan finished the contest with 195 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions looking poised throughout the game. While Tevin Coleman did all he could do in Devonta Freemanā€™s absence, Coleman racked up 1 touchdown and 43 rushing yards on the ground. Mohamed Sanu and Levine Toilolo both caught a touchdown pass from Ryan through the air. If Atlanta can continue to find a way to put 30 points on the board good things are certainly coming for this football team. Adrian Clayborn also continued his remarkable hot streak for the Dirty Birds. After posting a 6 sack game last week Clayborn managed to scoop and score a fumble for a 10 yard defensive touchdown. By getting big plays on both sides of the ball Dan Quinn was able to turn the tide against Pete Carroll. Thatā€™s not to say the Seahawks didnā€™t have some big plays. Russell Wilson threw for 258 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Wilson was also impressive on the ground rushing for 86 yards and 1 touchdown. Jimmy Graham and Doug Baldwin both hauled in touchdown receptions but there wasnā€™t enough defense from Carrollā€™s team. Bobby Wagner gave all he had in a losing effort for Seattle he had 8 tackles. Sheldon Richardson was pretty tough upfront too he went for 6 tackles and 1 sack. The Falcons were led by Robert Alford who recorded 9 tackles. Desmond Trufant added 4 tackles and 1 interception in the victory as well.Ā 

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