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In the long and storied history of this country, it doesn’t get much more American than Thanksgiving and the NFL. And while John Madden isn’t around to give us the pigskin gospel, the combination still feels right. Plates are stacked as high as Phillip Rivers’ passer rating and positions on the couch are claimed at the crack of dawn to be in best view of the television. Granted, nearly everyone is in deep turkey-induced coma midway through the third quarter, but it’s the thought and love which really count.
For the brave few who manage to stay awake and want to talk football, TSS has you covered.
New England @ Detroit — Nestled in their normal Turkey Day slot, the Detroit Lions take on Tom Brady, his Justin Beiber cut, Bill Belichick and the shortest receiving core in the league. Looking at the list of games, this may be the most clear cut with the Pats being one of the premiere teams in the league and the Lions being a year away from posing a threat to anyone. For that, Pats fan everywhere are thankful to the scheduling gods. Then again, they still have to go out and win.
One thing’s for sure though, at least Detroit won’t continue their road losing streak.
New Orleans @ Dallas — New Orleans appears to be knocking on the postseason’s door once again and Dallas’ season is all but over at 3-7. However, since giving Wade Phillips’ his pink slip, Jerry’s boys have looked like a completely different team going 2-0 under Jason Garrett. With Tampa Bay and Atlanta playing out of their minds thus far and last season’s shocking loss to Dallas in their own stadium, don’t think for a second Brees and company are taking this one lightly.
Cincinnati @ New York Jets — If the Cowboys and Vikings are the league’s most disappointing teams, Cincy has to be right there behind them. Last second victories be damned, the Jets look ready to play far into January under the leadership of Mark Sanchez. Can T.O. and Ochocinco finally play like the superheroes they billed themselves to be? Maybe, maybe not. Better yet, can Carson Palmer throw it to someone not wearing #81? Only time will tell.
With New England playing earlier in the day, best believe the Jets aren’t too fond of losing any ground in the division.
So with that, enjoy your Thanksgiving, ladies and gents. Have at it.