Perhaps more interesting to American sports fans than Romelu Lukaku and his recent success in soccer, the Thanksgiving games in the National Football League have become such a tradition that in many parts of the country, the family meal is scheduled around the game. The Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys have been the traditional hosts of these games, with a third game added hosted by the New York Jets this year. There are playoff implications attached to every game, making for an intriguing Turkey Day lineup. Up first, the New England Patriots come to town to battle the Lions. The Patriots have won eight games against only two losses this year, and the Lions have won only two, but the teams are not as far apart as their records would seem to suggest.
Lions Finally a Competitive Team
The Lions have been competitive this season, with a powerful offense that's actually still been quite good under backup Shaun Hill as starter Matt Stafford has battled two separate shoulder injuries. They have suffered five losses of 7 points or less and have actually won two games against two losses at home. Meanwhile the Patriots posted both of their losses on the road, including one to lowly Cleveland. So it is certainly possible that Detroit could pull the upset.
New Orleans Faces Dallas
Meanwhile the second game of the day features the Super Bowl champion Saints against the Dallas Cowboys who have won two in a row since firing Coach Wade Phillips and replacing him with Jason Garrett. The Saints are in second place in the NFC South and are in playoff contention with seven wins. This game means a lot to both teams, with Dallas looking to build on its positive momentum under Garrett and New Orleans trying to catch up to Atlanta in the South. These Thanksgiving games are very interesting. All of the games mean something and more than just background noise during Thanksgiving dinner.
Cincinnati and NY Jets
The horrible Bengals were supposed to be good this year, but have been pathetic. Meanwhile, the Jets are tied atop the mighty AFC East with New England and are widely considered the best team in the league. But anything can happen on Thanksgiving. This is another one of those Thanksgiving games to watch: will the Jets take the foot off the gas and crash against the Bengals? Or will they keep the pressure on and win this Thanksgiving scuffle? Thanksgiving games are a terrific holiday tradition, and this year's slate is no different. All six teams playing on Thanksgiving have a shot to win, with the Bengals probably facing the longest odds.
Thanksgiving games are a huge hit with fans and a ratings bonanza. So many people just leave their TVs on all day long even through dinner that the networks broadcasting these contests rake in the Neilsons. It is always fun to watch a good old fashioned football game on Turkey Day, especially the Dallas and Detroit locations. Those two cities have long traditions, and though there has been talk that the Lions would lose their game or that it would rotate, it appears safe for now with the addition of the third matchup.
These festivities are a big part of what makes this day so special. Even armchair fans and casual watchers who only watch once a year usually choose this day to do it. The National Football League has a great thing going by including this in the schedule every year. Thanksgiving games are awesome for family auto insurance consumers and other normal people who love to watch a great gridiron matchup while pouring on the gravy back home.