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Rick Zamperin: COVID-19 spoils NFL’s Thanksgiving Day triple-header

Running back Mark Ingram II (21) is one of several players on the Baltimore Ravens to test positive for COVID-19. AP Photo/Ed Zurga

Happy American Thanksgiving means more than just scarfing down loads of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and cranberry sauce.

It is also about a gargantuan buffet of NFL football.

But of course, the COVID-19 pandemic just had to mess around with today’s tradition, so it’s not as amazing as in past years.

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After at least seven players on the Baltimore Ravens tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the NFL has announced the Thursday night game between 6-4 Baltimore and 10-0 Pittsburgh will be moved to Sunday.

None of the Ravens players who tested positive, including running backs Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins, will be eligible to play in the game.

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The Ravens-Steelers game was scheduled to be the night cap in a Thanksgiving triple-header of games and is the 13th game this season to be postponed or moved due to COVID-19-related issues.

So with just two games now on the slate, here are my picks for each pigskin feast.

Houston Texans at Detroit Lions (+3) The Texans improved to 3-7 on Sunday thanks in large part to QB DeShaun Watson. The 4-6 Lions, on the other hand, were skunked 20-0 in Carolina and lost to a quarterback who was making his first ever start in the league. Strange things happen on Thanksgiving, but I see a Lions team trending in the wrong direction. Houston 34-28

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Washington Football Team at Dallas Cowboys (-3) Both teams are 3-7, and the winner will remarkably jump into first place in the lacklustre NFC East. Washington and Dallas are both coming off victories last weekend. I think Andy Dalton plays his best game as a Cowboy and America’s Team give their fans something to be thankful for. Dallas 27-20

Rick ZamperinΒ is the assistant program, news and senior sports director at Global News Radio 900 CHML.