Thanksgiving is without doubt the greatest American holiday.
You wake up. Watch football. Eat food. Drink beer. Throw the pigskin around in the backyard. You watch some more football. East some more food. Drink some more beer. Man, Thanksgiving is fantastic.
This year, we got these three NFL showdowns at Thanksgiving:
- Minnesota Vikings @ Detroit Lions
- Los Angeles Chargers @ Dallas Cowboys
- New York Giants @ Washington Redskins
Lions and Cowboys are Thanksgiving regulars, and the Giants, Vikings and Redskins has made quite a few appearances as well. However, the Chargers hasn’t played on Thanksgiving since 1969. It will be interesting to see Philip Rivers throw the pigskin around on Thanksgiving for the first time in his career.
Minnesota Vikings @ Detroit Lions
Ford Field – Thu 23 Nov, 18:30 CEST
TV: Viasport, Fox
Vikings record: 8-2
Lions record: 6-4
|Minnesota Vikings||Detroit Lions|
|QB: Case Keenum | RB: Latavius Murray | TE: Kyle Rudolph | WR: Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs | OL: Reiff, Easton, Elflein, Remmers, Berger||QB: Matt Stafford | RB: Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick | TE: Eric Ebron | WR: Golden Tate, Marvin Jones | OL: Decker, Glasgow, Swanson, Lang, Wagner|
The Lions has won four straight Thanksgiving games, but Minnesota Vikings has not lost a game since week 4. But, who beat them then, again? Yep, Detroit Lions. This game will definitely be interesting.
Case Keenum just seems to play better and better, and even though a healthy Teddy Bridgewater waits on the sidelines, there’s no point in doing a quarterback change right now. Let Case be Case, and see how far it takes them. It might just take them to their first Thanksgiving win since 2000. Vikings did play Lions last Thanksgiving as well, and Detroit won that game 16-13.
This division rivalry can really go either way, but this Vikings team is really something. Adam Thielen is breaking out as one of the best wide receivers in the league, while the defense is eating opposing quarterbacks with 27 total sacks so far.
The most important duel might be Vikings defensive mastermind Everson Griffen against Lions offensive tackle Taylor Decker. If Griffen wins the duel, and gets to Stafford time after time, Vikings win. If Decker can hold him off, Lions win.
Vikings 24 – 17 Lions
TDs: Thielen x2, Murray. Tate, Riddick.
Los Angeles Chargers @ Dallas Cowboys
AT&T Stadium – Thu 23 Nov, 22:30 CEST
TV: Viasport, CBS
Chargers record: 4-6
Cowboys record: 5-5
|Los Angeles Chargers||Dallas Cowboys|
|QB: Philip Rivers | RB: Melvin Gordon | TE: Antonio Gates, Hunter Henry | WR: Keenan Allen, Mike Williams | OL: Okung, Feeney, Pulley, Wiggins, Barksdale||QB: Dak Prescott | RB: Alfred Morris | TE: Jason Witten | WR: Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Terrence Williams | OL: Smith, Cooper, Frederick, Martin, Collins|
The Los Angeles Chargers finally found themselves this weekend. Ok, maybe Nathan Peterman wasn’t the worst QB they could’ve met, but five interceptions speaks for itself. But it wasn’t all defense. Rivers threw for 251 yards, Keenan Allen had a career day with 159 receiving yards and two touchdowns. They won the game 54-24. Can Dallas really cope with that?
I’m not so sure. Even though Dak Prescott is way better than Nate Peterman, he has been criticized for his play lately. Zeke Elliott serves his suspension, and Alfred Morris just isn’t the same. The Cowboys defense is better than in a long time though, and Demarcus Lawrence is up for the defensive player of the year award.
Defensively, Chargers has one of the best pass rushing duos in the league. The Dallas O-line is good, but is it good enough to hold off Ingram and Bosa? Don’t think so…
It’s all about if the Chargers can keep doing what they did against the Bills, which has a pretty decent defense. I would say Cowboys D is similar, great up front, weaker in the secondary. So what does that mean?
I think that means a fun game where both Rivers and Dak plays their heart out of national TV, while the playmakers Dez Bryant and Keenan Allen will feast on worn out defensive backs. Dallas has lost two in a row, Chargers are heating up – i think LA takes it.
Chargers 31 – 24 Cowboys
TDs: Allen, Gordon, Ekeler, Williams.
Prescott, Bryant, Beasley.
New York Giants @ Washington Redskins
FedEx Field – Fri 24 Nov, 02:30 CEST
TV: Viasport, NBC
Giants record: 2-8
Redskins record: 4-6
|New York Giants||Washington Redskins|
|QB: Eli Manning | RB: Orleans Darkwa | TE: Evan Engram | WR: Sterling Shepard, Roger Lewis | OL: Flowers, Pugh, Jones, Jerry, Hart||QB: Kirk Cousins | RB: Samaje Perine | TE: Jordan Reed | WR: Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder | OL: Williams, Kouandijo, Roullier, Scherff, Moses|
Wow, the Giants are bad, and I did not see it coming. Yes, I really thought they could make it to the Super Bowl this year. Boy, was I wrong. The lack of a run game has given them an almost impossible job offensively, and what happened to the amazing defense from last year?
Redskins lost two players to the IR this last week (Thompson, Pryor), but that shouldn’t keep them from kicking the Giants around. I still don’t understand how a defense with JPP, Harrison and Oliver isn’t dominating, but they’re not getting help from the secondary or linebackers right now.
Kirk Cousins is a good quarterback, and he played great without Pryor and Reed last week. He gets Reed back for this game, and he should have no issues carving up the Giants secondary.
Giants 10 – 23 Redskins
TDs: Engram. Doctson x2.
WRITTEN BY MATTIS HOLT, SPORTS WRITER & VALUELIVE SHOW HOST FOR VALUEWINS
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