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A bonafide football feast awaits this Thanksgiving weekend

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Are you ready for some turkey? Are you ready for some football? Are you ready to eat a football-flavored turkey? Yeah, me neither, but I am fully on board with the first two questions. This is going to be one heck of a Thanksgiving feast.

All three of these games are plenty interesting. All have playoff ramifications. Five of the six teams playing football on Thanksgiving Day could end up in the playoffs. We've got the top two seeds in the NFC, and the one non-playoff club -- Miami -- just happens to have won three in a row after seven straight losses and has been dropping blowout losses on teams.

Besides that, we have a few critical divisional battles over the weekend, and what could be the best Monday night game in quite some time. Oh yeah, and two brothers are coaching against each other on NFL Network on Thanksgiving night, in case you haven't heard. If this isn't the highest-rated event in NFL Network history, I'll eat an entire turkey myself on "NFL GameDay Morning" come Week 13.

Remember, games here are rated as either a footlong, a six-inch, a pita or a finger sandwich.

    • San Francisco at Baltimore

      Thur 8:20 p.m. ET, NFL NETWORK Get Tickets
    • Why to watch:

      It's the Harbaugh Bowl, people, need more be said? This is a potential Super Bowl preview, two of the best teams in football, all of that good stuff. The nightcap to the Turkey Day tripleheader.
    • Inside slant:

      You have to wonder if at some point all of the travel -- San Francisco's fourth game in the Eastern time zone -- will catch up with the 49ers, especially on a short week. Maybe the late start helps their biological clocks, but this schedule is awful tough on them. Alex Smith hasn't had to open it up and throw from behind much, but the Ravens have a way of taking away the run game. Haloti Ngata has seemed nicked up the last few weeks, and one has to wonder how he is feeling on a short week.
    • Rating:

      Footlong
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Green Bay at Detroit

      Thur 12:30 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why to watch:

      Matthew Stafford comes in off a five-touchdown performance vs. the Panthers. The Lions have legit playoff hopes and the Packers are getting a legendary season from Aaron Rodgers and are flirting with perfection. The Lions can be tricky on Thanksgiving Day. The crowd at Ford Field should be nuts.
    • Inside slant:

      Packers left tackle Chad Clifton has been out and the Packers have been vulnerable along the offensive line. The Lions have a great pass rush, and while they suffer against the run, Green Bay could be without James Starks. The Packers have allowed 46 passes of 20 yards or more -- second-most in the NFL -- and seven touchdowns of that length, also second-most. Thirty-three percent of Detroit's completions go for 20 or more yards -- fourth-most in the NFL -- and the Lions have nine touchdown passes of 20 yards or more, third-most in the NFL.
    • Rating:

      Footlong
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Buffalo at New York

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why to watch:

      Rex Ryan's last stand: A loss, and the Jets could be done. The Bills might already be done, and they certainly have looked done in blowout losses lately, including one to the Jets just a few weeks back.
    • Inside slant:

      In his last five weeks, Mark Sanchez has just a 59 percent completion percentage with five touchdowns and five interceptions. The big plays aren't there for the most part. Santonio Holmes can't get involved enough. But the Jets are catching a wounded, and injury-ravaged, Bills team at what would appear to be the perfect time. Ryan Fitzpatrick in that same time span as Sanchez? He ranks 30th in the NFL with a brutal 62 passer rating, four touchdown passes and eight interceptions.
    • Rating:

      Footlong
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • New York at New Orleans

      Mon 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN Get Tickets
    • Why to watch:

      The Saints come out of the bye with Drew Brees on pace to better Dan Marino's single-season yardage record, and also likely with a healthier Jonathan Vilma, the QB of their defense. The Giants are trying to avoid a third consecutive loss and losing their grip on the NFC East lead.
    • Inside slant:

      Beating the Saints deep and hitting them hard in the mouth in the power-run game have been keys to beating them this season. The Giants' offensive line is being challenged by coach Tom Coughlin, but lack of padded practices could be a factor. Eli Manning needs a bounce-back game.
    • Rating:

      Footlong
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • New England at Philadelphia

      Sun 4:15 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why to watch:

      Which Eagles team will show up? Which quarterback will play? Do they have any real playoff hopes left? The Patriots are looking to cruise to another division title, with the defense playing better in recent weeks.
    • Inside slant:

      LeSean "Shady" McCoy will be the key to keeping Tom Brady on the sideline. The Eagles' pass rush off the edge, with that wide 9, is really generating problems for opponents now. The Eagles will need turnovers and big plays from their star corners to pull this off.
    • Rating:

      Footlong
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Denver at San Diego

      Sun 4:15 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why to watch:

      Tebow Time, baby, with a chance to put a fork deep into the Chargers' psyche and season, and keep Denver's division title hopes looking good. The Broncos are refreshed having last played on a Thursday night, while the Chargers remain in self-destruct mode.
    • Inside slant:

      Who would have thought Tim Tebow would be one of the five best fourth-quarter QBs in the NFL, while Philip Rivers would lead the league in fourth-quarter interceptions? Do the Chargers have the will and determination -- to say nothing of the talent -- to stop the Broncos' run-heavy, option attack? The Broncos' pass rush will be a factor against the Chargers' faltering offensive line.
    • Rating:

      Footlong
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Miami at Dallas

      Thur 4:15 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why to watch:

      The Dolphins have managed to find balance on offense and the defense is getting back to 2010 standards. Miami is one of the hotter teams in the NFL at the moment. The Cowboys are capable of incredible highs or lows, and could move into first place in the NFC East this weekend.
    • Inside slant:

      Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore began his career as a Cowboy and has been shining the last month. Since Oct. 29 (the last four weeks), only Aaron Rodgers and Tony Romo have a better QB rating than Moore's 104.5, and he's completing a whopping 68 percent of his passes in that span. Miles Austin probably is still out, and Dolphins corners are starting to come on.
    • Rating:

      Six-inch
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Houston at Jacksonville

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why to watch:

      The Matt Leinart period begins in Houston, and while the Jaguars are bad, their defense has been stout. If they can take away the run -- a big if for sure -- maybe this game gets interesting. The Texans tore through their division opponents the first time through, and are seeking their first division title in franchise history.
    • Inside slant:

      You have to wonder if the return of star WR Andre Johnson from a six-week absence leads to the Texans throwing the ball a little more, even with Leinart now in and not Matt Schaub. In the first five games of the season, Houston attempted 164 passes to 162 rushes. In the past five games (all without AJ), the Texans have rushed the ball 195 times and thrown it 128.
    • Rating:

      Six-inch
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Cleveland at Cincinnati

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why to watch:

      The Battle of Ohio! The Browns come in off a rare win -- with an offensive TD! -- and the Bengals have lost two in a row. However, the Bengals showed they are legit in how they played the Steelers and Ravens. Another division loss, however unlikely, would be crushing for Cincinnati.
    • Inside slant:

      Andy Dalton made Jerome Simpson look like a No 1 receiver last week in A.J. Green's absence, but the first-round pick should be back for this one. Carlos Dunlap should be healthier as well, getting the pass rush back on track. As long as the Bengals don't fall for the old letdown game routine, this looks like a mismatch.
    • Rating:

      Pita
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Pittsburgh at Kansas City

      Sun 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC Get Tickets
    • Why to watch:

      Ben Roethlisberger is trying to win a second Super Bowl while playing with a broken thumb. The Chiefs are looking at their schedule and wondering if they will win another game this season.
    • Inside slant:

      KC starter Tyler Palko, a Pittsburgh native, faces his boyhood team. So much for Arrowhead being a fortress -- this could be another blowout loss for the Chiefs at home. They're 1-3 at home, with two straight losses, being outscored 106-52 in those games.
    • Rating:

      Pita
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Minnesota at Atlanta

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why to watch:

      It's a must-win game for the Falcons in a tight NFC playoff picture. Other than that, this could be an ugly game, especially since the Vikings very likely will be without Adrian Peterson for a while with that high ankle sprain.
    • Inside slant:

      It seems like no one talks about Michael Turner anymore, but he's every bit as valuable now. For all the talk of a more explosive offense, Atlanta remains at its best as a power-running team with Matt Ryan working off play-action passes. Turner is fifth in the NFL in rushing yards, fourth in rushing TDs, and second in rushing attempts.
    • Rating:

      Finger sandwich
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Carolina at Indianapolis

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why to watch:

      This is a rare game in which the Colts have a chance to win, and with that 0-16 hanging out there, maybe they come out of the bye fired up. Cam Newton is in a bit of a funk after four picks last week, but Curtis Painter is a threat to do that any given week.
    • Inside slant:

      Newton has four TDs and five picks in his last three starts, with a 74 QB rating. But he remains on a record pace for rushing scores, and only two teams have allowed more rushing TDs than the Colts.
    • Rating:

      Finger sandwich
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Arizona at St. Louis

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why to watch:

      These two teams managed to conspire for a wild finish a few weeks back. Are draft-order tiebreakers at stake?
    • Inside slant:

      There's no doubt anymore -- not that there was all that much internally, anyway -- that Kevin Kolb starts for the Cardinals as long as he can physically play. For all of his struggles, he's preferred to John Skelton or anyone else.
    • Rating:

      Finger sandwich
    • Watch: Game Preview

Follow Jason La Canfora on Twitter @jasonlacanfora.

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