Breaking down the Turkey Day games

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Tennessee at Detroit

The Lions would seem to be just what the doctor ordered for struggling Titans rookie runner Chris Johnson. Midway through the season, Johnson was on pace to rush for over 1,500 yards. Things haven't come so easy the last few weeks. In his last three games, Johnson has carried 41 times for just 118 yards and zero touchdowns. That's good for a 2.8 yards per carry average.

Luckily for Johnson fantasy owners, the Lions are the league's worst when it comes to stopping the run, giving up 166.5 yards per game on the ground.

The Titans should manhandle the Lions, which should mean Johnson is due for lots of carries. He's a strong start on Thanksgiving.

Seattle at Dallas

The second game of the day is another juicy one for fantasy owners, particularly if you have Tony Romo or T.O. Dallas loves to pass the rock, Seattle happens to be the second worst unit in the league when it to defending it.

All of Dallas' major offensive guns - Romo, Owens, Witten, and Barber - are strong starts. Expect loads of points from the Cowboys today.

Arizona at Philadelphia

The Eagles' offense is a train wreck of John Daly-like proportions right now. Brian Westbrook has been garbage all season, McNabb can't protect the ball (or his job) to his save his life, and the receivers are nothing to write home about. I wouldn't be starting any of those guys in fantasy until they prove their worth again.

The Cardinals, by comparison, are the exact opposite. They might have the top offense in the NFL. Anquan Boldin has been on a tear since returning with metal in his face, and Larry Fitzgerald has remained productive all the while. Even Steve Breaston isn't a bad start in deep leagues. It's all because Kurt Warner is playing at an MVP level. The award will probably come down him and New Orleans' Drew Brees.

Though Philly's D ranks a respectable 11th in the league against the pass, I wouldn't expect them to slow down Arizona. If you own a Cardinal, congrats. Tomorrow should be another good day.

From Matt and I, have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

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