The NFL graced millions of Americans stuffing their faces full of turkey with some Thanksgiving Day football.
As far as the Thursday fixtures went, they weren’t exactly the sort of games to keep fans on the edge of their seat. Not to say that the games weren’t interesting and enjoyable to watch, they were just pretty easy to predict.
Detroit Lions 16 d. Minnesota Vikings 13 @ Detroit
Although this rematch might have been exhilarating for Lions and Vikings suppoprters, there wasn’t too much appeal for the average NFL fan. Sam Bradford and Matthew Stafford were expected to play average games, and they did. Bradford threw 31/37 for 224 yards and one very, very costly interception. Stafford threw 23/40 for 232 yards with 1 touchdown.
This NFC North rivalry was pretty even throughout the game. The 13-13 deadlock seemed likely to take the encounter into overtime, but Bradford threw an interception that was beautifully picked off by Darius Slay, setting the Lions up for an easy field goal to take the game.
The Vikings seem to be having a season that is going to end in a resounding thud. They started off strong with a 5-0 run, but have lost five of the last six games. They will face off against Dallas next week, which should be an easy win for the Cowboys. The Vikes will hopefully be able to change the tide when they face the Jacksonville Jaguars in the following week.
The Lions, on the other hand, are starting to look good. With this win, they are sitting atop the NFC North and the rest of the competition doesn’t look too threatening. They will face off against the Saints, Bears and Giants in the coming weeks and have a good shot at hitting a six-game winning streak.
— Detroit Lions Fans ♕ (@CatchLikeCalvin) November 24, 2016
Dallas Cowboys 31 d. Washington Redskins 26 @ Dallas
The Cowboys are the team to watch lately, and this NFC East matchup was probably the best game all day. The game was pretty much dominated by the Cowboys for the first three quarters, but boy, did the Redskins rally in the fourth. Between the two teams, 34 points were scored in the last term. Twenty of those points belonged to the Redskins, but the Cowboys still held onto the lead for a 31-26 victory.
Kirk Cousins played a monster game with 41/53 completions for 449 yards and 3 touchdowns, while rookie sensation Dak Prescott had a more quiet outing, throwing for 195 yards on 17/24 attempts. Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 97 yards and 2 touchdowns. This is the Dallas offense that deserves the media hype, and we got another chance to watch the Dak/Zeke show.
Dallas is the strong leader of the NFC East with a 10-1 record, and if they keep playing like this, they should be able to go 15-1 by New Year’s. It’s 99% official: the Cowboys are going to be coming in strong to the playoffs and there is a strong possibility we’ll see them in the Super Bowl.
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) November 25, 2016
Pittsburgh Steelers 28 d. Indianapolis Colts 7 @ Indianapolis
This was a public burial. The Steelers needed this game for practice and the ranking boost, and the Colts got embarrassed on primetime Thanksgiving time.
Ben Roethlisberger threw 14/20 for 221 yards and 3 TDs, and he’s starting to go into Big Ben late-season mode. Andrew Luck was out and Scott Tolzien got some playing time. In his fill-in role, he threw 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions on 22/36 attempts for 205 yards.
Even with Luck, the Colts would have been spanked so I’m not sure it’s fair to blame the Colts loss strictly on Tolzien.
The Steelers are the leaders of the weak AFC North, which could very well be the Ravens’ division by the end of the season. The Colts still have a shot at being first in the worst division in the NFL, the AFC South.
Laying it all on the line. pic.twitter.com/niPTMjwWw6
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 25, 2016