While you may not celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia, I’ve got enough Aussie mates to know that it’s a holiday you’d soon get on board with.
Kill the biggest bird you can find, roast it in the oven, stuff your face until you feel like a worthlessly fat pile of crap and watch football all day.
And in 2014, the Turkey Day line-up features three games with major playoff implications.
First, the Lions hope to snap a two-game slide against the Bears to keep up with the Packers, then Philly and Dallas square up with first place in the NFC East on the line, and finally the Seahawks and 49ers play the much-anticipated rematch from last year’s NFC Championship. The winner stays in the NFC West hunt and the loser…doesn’t.
But hey, I got this to my editor a bit late this week, so as juicy as today’s games are, let’s dive into three can’t-miss showdowns sure to take place AFTER this article is published:
1. Browns @ Bills – Two teams that haven’t tasted the post-season for a while clash in frigid Buffalo. The Bills are far more of a long-shot to sneak into the playoffs than Cleveland but football fans up in northern New York have got to be stoked about their team playing meaningful games this late in the season.
It’s November, the Bills are over .500 and the game is sold out.
— Todd Clausen (@ToddJClausen) November 26, 2014
2. Patriots @ Packers – This could very well wind up being a Super Bowl prelude, except that it would be a hell of a lot warmer in Phoenix than Green Bay.
Mike McCarthy’s got nuthin’ but respekt 4 Coach Belichick:
— @PatriotsExtra (@PatriotsExtra) November 27, 2014
3. Broncos @ Chiefs – This is a Sunday Night Football match-up you won’t want to miss. Kansas City dropped the ball big time last weekend when they fell to the previously winless Raiders, but a victory over their division rival Denver will even up their records and give Jamaal Charles and Company a legitimate shot at dethroning the Broncos in the AFC West.