“Time to talk turkey.”
I’m not sure where that expression originated, I just know it means it’s time to get serious. For NFL teams and survivor players, Thanksgiving means more than turkey; it is a line of demarcation. By now the pretenders have been revealed or weeded out. Bill Belichick pointed to Thanksgiving as the target date for when he wants his teams peaking. He famously showed a clip of a horse race and froze it halfway through, asking his team who would win the race. The answers varied, but the point was clear: We don’t know who’s going to win because the race has yet to be completed.
Thanksgiving signifies the start of the NFL stretch run, and if you’ve made it this far as a survivor player, you have accomplished something. But much like a team with a good record, the job is not finished. As we head into the stretch, let’s look at which horse we should ride, and let’s avoid being the turkey.
Here are my Week 12 NFL survivor picks:
Games to consider