Bears at Lions Thanksgiving Game Preview, Vol. II: Game Thoughts, Pearson Recipe & Various Nonsense!

| November 23rd, 2021

Four Thoughts on the Actual Football Game

  • Detroit is the second-worst run defense in the league, allowing north of 140 yards per game. Hard to imagine David Montgomery not dominating behind a terrific run-blocking offensive line.
    • Projection: 24 carries, 147 yards, 2 touchdowns.
  • The Lions have the worst collection of offensive talent in the league. And they are only scoring 1/3 of a point less per game than the Bears. (The Lions are outgaining the Bears, which is a particularly sad notion.)
  • T.J. Hockenson had a bit of a comeback game against Cleveland, with eight targets and six receptions. It won’t take long in Detroit’s tape study to see what Mark Andrews did to the Bears Sunday, and increasing Hockenson’s role from the first meeting. (4/42)
  • Largest stat disparity of the season: Bears have 31 sacks to tie for the league lead. Lions have 15, one clear of the Falcons in the basement.

Rick Pearson’s Jazzed-Up Green Bean Casserole Recipe


  • 2 packages (16 ounces each) frozen cut green beans, thawed
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 4 ounces process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
  • 1 can (2.8 ounces) French-fried onions


In a 4-qt. slow cooker, combine the green beans, soup, water chestnuts, milk, bacon, pepper and paprika. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until beans are tender; stir in cheese. Cover and cook for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with onions. Yield: 10 servings.

Total Time: Prep, 20 mins, Cook, 5.5 hours.

Makes 10 serving.

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Thanksgiving Gambling

Three games, three picks.

  • Bears/Lions under 41.5 points (-110). These are two of the five worst offenses in the league. They played decent offensive games the first time around and still only scored 38 points. Why are they scoring more Thursday?
  • Cowboys/Raiders under 51 points (-110).
    • The Cowboys are without multiple weapons outside and are likely to get a bit conservative with their attack, leaning on their dynamic backfield of Zeke Elliot and Tony Pollard.
    • The Raiders have completely imploded in the wake of Gruden scandal/Ruggs criminality. They’ve lost three straight games, scoring 16, 14, and 13 points. They’re going to suddenly find answers on a short week with half the country to travel? Unlikely.
  • Saints ML over Bills (+165). I picked the Bills to win the Super Bowl. But they are broken. They can’t run the ball. Their outside weapons, aside from Diggs, have really struggled. They are one of the worst run defenses in the league, and the vax status of multiple players is leaving them shorthanded weekly. Sean Payton knows his team’s season is floundering; what happens when you’re down to third stringers at quarterback. This feels like a night where he empties the bag of tricks to steal a victory.

Tomorrow: Game Prediction!

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