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So wher­ever you find your­self for the hol­i­day, en­joy the turkey, the pota­toes, the stuff­ing and, if you’re a weirdo, the green bean casse­role. But mostly, en­joy — and be thank­ful for — the peo­ple who love you and put up with you, es­pe­cially when you’re scream­ing at the TV be­cause DeMarco Mur­ray scored in­stead of Dez Bryant.

Week 12 Lineup Crime: I wa­vered all week be­tween start­ing Romo or Brady. I started Romo, but de­cided to hedge my bet by also start­ing Ri­d­ley and Aaron Dob­son. I fig­ured I’d get a small piece of the ac­tion if sit­ting Brady cost me points. Well, Brady outscored Romo by 11, and that would have made the dif­fer­ence in the afore­men­tioned 2-point loss, but the real crime was get­ting ab­so­lutely noth­ing from Ri­d­ley and Dob­son. Ri­d­ley fum­bled early and never saw the field again, and Dob­son didn’t catch a pass. Now I know why ev­ery­one hates the Pa­tri­ots.

Week 13 Lineup Time: The last time Matt Flynn faced a bad Detroit sec­ondary, he threw for 6 touch­downs and made roughly a gazil­lion dol­lars be­cause of it. This is a great matchup for Flynn and the Pack­ers’ re­ceivers. ... It would be so Cow­boys for them to lose at home to the Raiders, but even Dal­las can’t screw this up, right? I ex­pect the Cow­boys to win, but I also ex­pect the de­fense to play down to Oak­land’s of­fense, giv­ing a guy like Rod Streater some flex ap­peal. ... Just a hunch, but I think we’ll fi­nally get a high-scor­ing Ravens-Steel­ers game. I like Tor­rey Smith a lot in this matchup. ... On a re­lated note, Josh Gor­don torched the Steel­ers for 237 yards last week; this week he draws the Jaguars. ... Jay Cut­ler is out again, so Josh McCown is a solid play against the Vik­ings. ... De­spite los­ing nine straight games, the Tex­ans have the league’s best pass de­fense. Tom Brady should have a good day against them, but don’t be sur­prised if he gives you less than ex­pected. ... Ev­ery­one on the Giants’ of­fense has had a dis­ap­point­ing sea­son, but fac­ing the Red­skins’ “get right” de­fense will give Vic­tor Cruz and Reuben Ran­dle plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to make plays.

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