It's tradition -- and it's worth celebrating.
Detroit has been playing Turkey Day games since 1934, when the Lions lost to the two-time defending-champion Bears in front of 26,000 at University of Detroit Stadium. This might be hard to believe, but that same Lions team won it all in 1935. (Yes, the Detroit Lions were champs.) Dallas, meanwhile, got the late Thanksgiving game in 1966, besting the Browns (who were not 0-11) at the Cotton Bowl, 26-14. That Cowboys team would go on, later that season, to play the Lombardi Packers in the first of two consecutive famous NFL Championship Games.
For years, nobody wanted to play on Thanksgiving. Detroit had always hosted the game, and then Cowboys VP Tex Schramm thought it a great showcase for his relatively young organization. Starting in the mid-to-late-'70s, other NFL teams wanted in. Finally, we saw the emergence of the night game a decade ago, which will be Steelers at Colts this time around. Andrew Luck's presence would make all the festivities a wee bit cooler, but beggars can't be choosers.
Now, let's get to it!
Elliot Harrison went 11-3 on his predictions for Week 11, giving him a record of 105-54-2 thus far this season. How will he fare in Week 12? His picks are below:
**Trivia:** Which Niners quarterback threw for 382 yards and four touchdowns in that '95 MNF win? Which [Dolphins](/teams/miamidolphins/profile?team=MIA) running back -- who had been hired away from UPS -- scored on a touchdown run? #30 [#SFvsMIA](https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/%23SFvsMIA) </content:weekly-predictions>
**Fun fact:** The [Jets](/teams/newyorkjets/profile?team=NYJ) blitz more than any defense in the NFL (37.3 percent of pass plays), and [Tom Brady](/player/tombrady/2504211/profile) owns the highest passer rating against the blitz among quarterbacks (124.0). We're going to depart this blurb before we get more negative. [#NEvsNYJ](https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/%23NEvsNYJ) </content:weekly-predictions>
If Derek Carr is on, I have a hard time seeing an Oakland loss. Amari Cooper has been a stud. Michael Crabtree should be more than motivated, coming off a tough outing in which he suffered a couple of drops. Carolina gets after the quarterback, but considering Carr's protection has been tops in the league, they won't be able to mitigate a secondary that is 27th in net passing yards allowed (which includes all the sacks) and tied for 23rd in touchdowns allowed. #CARvsOAK
**Fun fact:** The [Broncos](/teams/denverbroncos/profile?team=DEN) are 7-0 this season when scoring at least 21 points. When they fall short of that mark? 0-3. [#KCvsDEN](https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/%23KCvsDEN) </content:weekly-predictions>
**Fun fact (unless you are a Cheesehead):** The [Eagles](/teams/philadelphiaeagles/profile?team=PHI) are only allowing 9.5 points per game at home this season. [#GBvsPHI](https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/%23GBvsPHI) </content:weekly-predictions>