Roger Goodell is grinning ear-to-ear. Whether you fancy high scoring aerial attacks or hard-nosed defensive battles, 2011′s NFL Thanksgiving Day lineup looks to be the best we’ve seen in years. Sit tight, enjoy (or tolerate) seeing the family, eat ignorant amounts of food and enjoy match-ups between four of the NFL’s premier squads (plus Dallas and Miami!).
As always, do chime in with your two cents if you can muster the strength to drag yourself off the couch and onto a computer.
Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions (12:30 PM, FOX)
Not since the days of Barry Sanders has Detroit featured a player that the casual NFL gave two craps about. The Lions are now fielding a squad worthy of national attention, something we can all be thankful for. They have three elite talents and look to be on the cusp of making the playoffs with their current record of 7-3. On the other side of the field lies the best team in football, featuring the Greek God of Quarterbacking, Aaron Rogers. Explosive offenses? Check. Playmakers on defense? Check. Nickleback doing the halftime honors? Check!
Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys (4:15 PM, CBS)
Consider this the intermission between the two marquee games. Miami, admittedly looking better after a horrendous start, takes their talents to Dallas to try to embarrass a Cowboys squad looking very much playoff-worthy. Win or lose, just be glad that you aren’t watching this one with Tins, who’s sure to be a nervous wreck. Memories of Leon Lett on the last time Dallas and Miami met on Thanksgiving still give the poor guy nightmares.
San Francisco 49ers at Baltimore Ravens (8:20 PM, NFLN)
The first-ever Harbaugh Bowl looks to cap what will be an excellent day of football. Two of the NFL’s premier defenses will be tasked with stopping two of the NFL’s premier rushing attacks. Everybody cross your fingers that Ray Lewis makes it to the field; after years of carrying the “Young Ray-Ray” mantle, it would be a shame if we couldn’t see Patrick Willis and the Raven’s captain play the same game. Regardless, this is just as much a must-watch as Green Bay and Detroit.
With that, have a happy Thanksgiving. Leave your comments below, and be sure to check in on Tins after Tony Romo throw the inevitable, game-deciding pick-six.