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Cincy Jungle staff picks for Thursday Night Football and open thread

Who will come away with a huge win between these two teams in the midst of the NFC playoff race.

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The NFC playoff race is a bit wide-open as far as the Wild Cards spots go. Thursday Night Football will be between the teams in the fifth and sixth spot in that playoff race.

The Dallas Cowboys (8-3) are competing to keep pace with the Philadelphia Eagles, who only have a single loss on the season with one game against the Cowboys left.

The Seattle Seahawks (6-5) have several teams nipping at their heels, however. The Minnesota Vikings are (6-6) in the final Wild Card spot, but there are three other teams at (5-6) waiting for any team ahead of them to slip up.

Seattle also has a slim shot at catching the San Francisco 49ers (8-3) in the NFC West as well.


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The stakes are fairly high at this point in the season for this Thursday Night Football game. The quarterbacks of these teams have been a pretty big deal for their win totals. Dak Prescott already has as many passing touchdowns as he did last season (23) with only six interceptions. He and this offense will have to stay in sync to put this pesky Seahawks team away.

Seattle has won games usually by winning the turnover differential, which explains why sledding has been tough recently for them. Since Geno Smith only had a single interception in the first four weeks (3-1), he has had at least one interception in five of his last seven games (3-4), with seven total interceptions over that span.

This shift in the turnover differential is a big reason for this being a tale of two seasons for the Seahawks. They still remain +2, but it is obvious this team doesn’t have much room for error to come away for a win. Unluckily for them, Dallas only has 10 giveaways on the season, which is tied for the second-fewest in the NFL.

Can the Seahawks defense sneak some turnovers, or will the Cowboys offense roll away with a win?

Here is who our staff picked.

This will also be today’s open thread, so come join the discussion!