Thanksgiving feast starts with "GameDay Morning"

» Today's Thanksgiving Day football feast (Houston Texans-Detroit Lions at 9:30 a.m. ET, Washington Redskins-Dallas Cowboysat 1:25 p.m. and New England Patriots-New York Jetsat 5:20 p.m.) demands the best company, so tune in to NFL Network for a special edition of "NFL GameDay Morning" at 10 a.m. ET with host Rich Eisen alongside Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, Warren Sapp, Michael Irvin and Steve Mariucci. Join the "GameDay" crew and get a head start on the day's football talk with "NFL AM" at 6 a.m. ET.

Here's what else is on tap for Thursday:

Brooks: Turkey Day primer

Week 12 opens with a three-course football feast on Thanksgiving Day. Bucky Brooks has analysis/picks for each game. **More ...**

» Reports out of San Francisco indicate that Jim Harbaugh has decided to ride the hot hand of second-year pro Colin Kaepernick against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, benching starter Alex Smith even though Smith has recovered from a concussion. Gregg Rosenthal says it's a bold move, but the right one.

» The 49ers aren't the only NFL team whose quarterback situation is making news. Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said rookie Ryan Lindley would start Sunday against the St. Louis Rams, while the Jacksonville Jaguars' Blaine Gabbert was put on season-ending injured reserve.

» The holiday spirit doesn't end on Thursday: Actors Rainn Wilson, Eric Stonestreet, John Slattery and Hank Azaria as announcing legend Jim Brockmire all join "The Rich Eisen Thanksgiving Special" Friday at 10 p.m. ET on NFL Network.

Instant Debate: Kaepernick or Smith?


Given a chance to shine, Colin Kaepernick shredded the Bears. Should he start for the 49ers going forward? **More ...**

» Defensive players in the NFL are becoming more and more upset about fines imposed by the league, Albert Breer writes in his latest Play Sheet.

» Adam Schein offers nine things for NFL fans to be thankful for in a holiday edition of The Schein Nine.

» Michael Lombardi checks in with the Front Office View.

» Bucky Brooks looks ahead to a big weekend of classic rivalry games in college football.

» Find out how your team would fare if the season ended today with the updated Playoff Picture.

» Happy birthday to Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline, who turns 26 on Thursday.

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