While Thanksgiving means turkey and stuffing for most people, it also marks one of the most anticipated Thursday’s for football season. However, this year it looks like the best football game will be at 12:30 with the exciting Minnesota matchup against Detroit. With the rest of the four teams struggling due to injuries or suspensions, this Thanksgiving might just be a bit disappointing.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions – First in the NFC North, the Vikings are looking to extend their winning record from eight to nine. With only two losses this season, Minnesota is riding high with Case Keenum filling in as the starting quarterback and Adam Thielen emerging as one of the best receiving threats in the NFL. The Lions are number two in the same division with a 6-4 record, and are hoping to inch closer to that top spot. Matthew Stafford has been averaging a 63.1% completion rate, 98.4 rating, and has 19:5 touchdown to interception ratio. They too have a deep threat in their receiving corp in the shape of Golden Tate but will need to defeat the legendary Minnesota defense to even have a chance to win the game.
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Dallas Cowboys – The Chargers and the Cowboys are pretty well-matched in the afternoon game, with both teams taking the second place spot in their division. However, Dallas has a hurdle to overcome with two of their key players out for the next few games. Famous second year running back, Ezekiel Elliott, is out on suspension and his loss has gutted the Cowboys’ running game. While linebacker Sean Lee is also out due to injury and it has been proven that his absence has consistently cost the Cowboys some games. In comparison, the 4-6 Chargers have two of the best edge rushers in the league, Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa, as well as one of the best running backs in football, Melvin Gordon.
New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins – Last in the NFC East with a 2-8 record, the New York Giants are praying for a divisional win. With Sterling Shepard doubtful to play, the Giants will be left with almost no receivers again. It should be relatively easy for the Redskins to target Evan Engram, the only player who has shown competence on offense the past few weeks. With the offensive line still falling apart and the defense seemingly collapsing under Ben McAdoo’s leadership, it should be Washington’s game. The Redskins are in third place with a 4-6 record and have been plagued by injuries this season. Yesterday it was reported that the team didn’t have enough players to even practice, in a bit of news to worry Redskins’ fans. Luckily, Josh Doctson has emerged as a deep threat as a receiver and could be a key player in a Washington win tomorrow.
Hopefully there will be a Thanksgiving miracle for some of these football teams because most New York Giants fans will be praying for an upset. In the meantime, make sure to wake up in time to watch the exciting Minnesota vs. Detroit game!