NFL Prop Shop: Thanksgiving Day Special

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Why limit yourself to sides and totals this Thanksgiving? Covers Expert Sean Murphy opens the doors of the NFL Prop Shop and gives his favorite player prop picks for all of the Thanksgiving Day action on the NFL gridiron.

Most passing yards

Jay Cutler (Chicago Bears) vs. Matt Stafford (Detroit Lions)

The number of Cutler critics has swelled exponentially this season, and for good reason, as he’s struggled despite the wealth of talent around him. With that being said, I believe this offense has a ton of upside, and catches the Lions defense at a good time as it returns home off two physical affairs in Arizona and New England.

Matt Stafford has been almost as shaky as Cutler in recent weeks, and has a lot of pressure on his shoulders as he needs to right the ship in a hurry.

Take: Cutler

Most rushing yards

LeSean McCoy (Philadelphia Eagles) vs. DeMarco Murray (Dallas Cowboys)

I don’t expect the Eagles to throw Mark Sanchez into the fire, so to speak, after he turned in an embarrassing performance in his last road game, at Green Bay two weeks ago. Shady McCoy will earn plenty of touches as Philadelphia does all it can to keep the vaunted Cowboys off the field.

DeMarco Murray has topped out at 121 rushing yards over the last three games, after surpassing that number in four of his previous five contests. That’s not to say that Murray has hit a wall, as he continues to churn out terrific numbers. I simply feel that the Cowboys aerial attack will take center stage against a beatable Eagles secondary on Thursday.

Take: McCoy

Most pass receptions

Doug Baldwin (Seattle Seahawks) vs. Michael Crabtree (San Francisco 49ers)

While Crabtree has only six catches over the last two weeks, they’ve been big ones, as he’s racked up 147 receiving yards and a touchdown. I expect to see his workload increase on Thursday. He’ll certainly have ample motivation if he’s matched up against Richard Sherman. While Sherman may not agree, I do see this as a good matchup, and I’m confident Crabtree will get his share of looks from Colin Kaepernick.

Doug Baldwin has had a tough time getting going this season, and may have hit a low point against the Cardinals last Sunday, securing only two catches for six yards. He’ll improve on those numbers here, but by how much? Consider he’s topped out at six catches over the last five games.

Take: Crabtree

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