Thanksgiving football preview

Wesley Coats, Reporter

Thanksgiving has many traditions. Eating the turkey around a table with your family and taking long afternoon naps are all part of what makes this holiday great. But one tradition that is not to be forgotten is the great football that is on throughout the day.  As always, the Lions and the Cowboys will both be playing, but this year against new foes.

       The first game of the day will be between the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears. This game is between two teams that have had interesting years to say the least. The Lions started off hot this year as through three weeks they were 2-0-1, but since then they have only won a single game.

       The Bears have been a large disappointment to say the least. Coming into the year they were one of the favorites to come out of the NFC. But Mitchell Trubisky continues to struggle and has sent the Bears to the bottom feeders of the NFC North. This game should be interesting to watch as Trubisky might not even be starting for the Bears at this point in time. This would be one to maybe skip though and instead maybe go play football for yourselves.

       The next game up will be between the Dallas Cowboys and the Buffalo Bills. This game will be a must watch. The Bills have a had a surprising season losing only two games through 9 weeks. They are currently the two seed in the AFC playoffs. Josh Allen has had a pretty decent year in his second year starting throwing for 1635 yds. and 10 TD in 8 games according to Pro Football Reference.

       The Cowboys started off hot winning their first three games before losing to the Saints, Packers, and Jets all in back to back. They still remain in first in their division though. This will be the game of the day in my opinion and should be a must watch for all football fans.

       The nightcap will feature the New Orleans Saints playing the Atlanta Falcons. New Orleans season looked like it was hanging in the balance when first ballot hall of famer Drew Brees went down with a Thumb injury. Though Backup Teddy Bridgewater helped to carry the team to a 5-0 record in Brees’s absence.

       The Falcons though have struggled mightily this year and continue to underperform. The Falcons defense is atrocious and the offense isn’t a whole lot better. The talent on the Falcons is incredible with the likes of Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and Devonta Freeman, but they just have not been able to replicate the magic from the 2017 season.

       This game could be interesting though as it is a divisional game, but to me is also a skip game. The Saints are clearly the superior team and with the Falcons defense, they should be able to light up the scoreboard.

       Thanksgiving this year has an unfortunately weak schedule of games. Only one of the games should have playoff implications. Grab your turkey and mashed potatoes, sit down, and watch some football.