Everything you need to know about the NFL on the Thanksgiving slate, plus 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 join his Thanksgiving dinner, sources say, so you’ve got me, Cody Benjamin, to deliver all the latest NFL news ahead of the day of the game. Turkey.

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

  1. Today’s Show: Best Bets for Thanksgiving Games

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Tyler Sullivan joined Will Brinson on Wednesday’s “NPL Pick Six” podcast to break down the full Thanksgiving list, identify their best bets and predict the end results for the trio of holiday games. Some highlights:

  • Both guys buy the Lions turnover, but not to the point of betting against Josh Allen. Brinson thinks Buffalo’s game against Detroit “is a Josh Allen nuclear blowout spot” and wouldn’t be shocked if the Bills won 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 Team USA will do that by selling out against the run.
  • The guys are split on Patriots-Vikings. Primetime Kirk Cousins ​​vs. 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 hammer the Unders in what could be a nasty defensive battle.

Watch the full episode (and subscribe to all kinds of daily NFL discussions) here.

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

Pete Prisco has been on fire with NFL picks lately, going 11-3, 4-2 with best bets for Week 11. Now he’s back with predictions for each match in week 12. Here is a sample:

  • Cowboys 31, Giants 14: The Giants are coming off an awful home performance against the Lions, which means they might have been waiting for this one. They are too limited in attack.
  • Titans 27, Bengals 21: This is a rematch of the playoff game in which the Bengals upset the Titans on the road. Derrick Henry wasn’t himself when they were playing then. It is now.
  • Eagles 26, Packers 21: The Packers’ playoff chances are barely alive. Aaron Rodgers didn’t play well last week, but I think he’s playing better here. The Eagles haven’t looked great in the last two games. The Packers are keeping him close.

3. Thanksgiving Preview: Key Matches, Best Historical Moments

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Ready to feast on Turkey Day football? Here’s everything you need to know ahead of time:

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 officially benched Zach Wilson, days after coach Robert Saleh refused to commit to the 2021 first round as a starter. Saleh previously defended Wilson, who struggled mightily in the Jets’ Week 11 loss to the Patriots, but changed tone following 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, Wilson’s predecessor, Sam Darnold, is back as Panthers starting QB, replacing Baker Mayfield against the Broncos. He has yet to play this year as he recovers from injury.

5. Aaron Rodgers Trade Rumors: Potential Landing Spots in 2023

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Rodgers is still trying to get the Packers into the playoff picture, but 2022 has been a real struggle for him and Green Bay. At 4-7, with a game against the Eagles 9-1 approaching, it’s not too early to wonder what lies ahead beyond this season. If the QB doesn’t retire, it’s possible he could seek a fresh start, something he’s already nurtured, and more importantly because it could also benefit the Packers to rebuild. In the event that this happens, we have identified 11 different potential suitors for A-Rod. Here are a few:

  • Jets: Sophomore 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 feisty playoff prospect. And offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur, a disciple of Kyle Shanahan, is the younger brother of Rodgers coach Matt in Green Bay.
  • Seahawks: Geno Smith is one of this year’s best stories, but at 32, approaching free agency, he’ll be a gamble given that 2022 is his only productive season as a starter. Pete Carroll, 71, is likely interested in getting a fight sooner rather than later. He has plenty of cap space ($30.6 million) to use, and even more draft picks from the Russell Wilson deal.
  • Titans: Ryan Tannehill is doing his job well for a team that never dies, but he owes more than even Rodgers in 2023, and another early playoff exit would seem to confirm his ceiling. A-Rod also kinda likes Mike Vrabel, who has yet to introduce a superstar to the QB despite having a proven track record in the postseason.

6. Quick Roundup: Odell Draws, QB Power Rankings, More

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