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Random Thanksgiving NFL Game Notes

DMtShooter Five Tool ToolCorrespondent INovember 27, 2009

DENVER - NOVEMBER 26:  Knowshon Moreno #27 of the Denver Broncos rushes for a first down before being tackled by Corey Webster #23 of the New York Giants as Daniel Graham #89 of the Broncos blocks during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 26, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Giants 26-6.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

I didn't have complete attention to the second and third games on the day, as I was hosting in-laws and wrangling kids, but here goes.

Cowboys RB Tashard Choice seems to have the 2008 Felix Jones role of looking good on limited carries.

This means that he'll get too much hype as a breakout candidate in 2010 and under-deliver, but honestly, if I managed the Cowboys, you'd see a lot less Marion Barber.

The Raiders actually looked like a football team for portions of this game today, but when your QB is Bruce Gradkowski and your WRs are a half dozen guys who won't be in the league in five years, you are not exactly working with a net.

I suppose even the greats are allowed to have off days, but has the Nnamdi Asomugha Era ended? Dallas WR Miles Austin had a monster day today, and it wasn't a case of Asomugha working on Roy Williams; many of the plays were in front of the man.

Considering how much Austin has been erased in the last few weeks against other top corners, you have to wonder if the Nnamdi Era is starting to end. And just when I had finally learned how to spell his name. I think.

I've been waiting all year for Giants RB Brandon Jacobs to show up and play well. I think we can stop waiting. If you want a power back to dance in the hole and lose yards, he's your man.

Broncos WR Brandon Marshall may be a diva, a bonehead, and a team cancer. He might also be the best in the game, at least when he's bringing the "A" game. He made a one-handed catch on a sideline fly pattern tonight that was sick, sick, sick.

The Broncos were at home, playing crisply, with good defense and special teams, against a Giants team that didn't seem interested.

And in the fourth, they were only up 10 points. You can keep your Game Manager QBs, folks...but at least QB Kyle Orton was able to hit a ridiculously wide open Brandon Stokely for the clinching TD.

I went 2-1 on picks today, and I'd like to apologize for the one. The Giants came into this game whining about the trip and schedule, and with a terrible red-zone defense and troublesome at best running game, I should have gotten over my Orton hate and gone with the home dogs.

From having watched this game tonight (I don't get NFLN, but being close enough to NY to be considered that market, I did get the game), I could not have been less impressed. It's possible that the Giants are worse then the Redskins, really.

A small but nice note for Eagle Fans: Brian Dawkins played great in this game, and so did Correll Buckhalter. I'm imagining that they were pretty up for this game. And will be when they come to Philadelphia in a few weeks.

Bronco RB Knowshon Moreno is the real deal, and TE Tony Scheffler has surprising quicks for a big white guy. Either that, or the Giants are just terrible. Very, very possible.

Finally, with the loss, the Giants fall to 6-5, which means that an Eagle win on Sunday gives them a game lead over them for the wild card, and a possible two-game lead over the next best record (Atlanta).

If you are thinking that the NFC is entirely about the top two seeds right now, you'd be absolutely right, but a lot can change in two months.

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