Like many years in the past, the historic NFL Thanksgiving continues with some key matchups. The card this year begins at 12:30 ET with the Buffalo Bills taking on the Detroit Lions, then the New York Giants will take on the Dallas Cowboys at 4:30 PM ET, and the New England Patriots will take on the Minnesota Vikings for the evening game. It’s the most exciting day for NFL fans and players.
Buffalo Bills (7-3) vs. Detroit Lions (4-6)
There is a heavy schedule this year on Thanksgiving and the first game is no exception to that. The Bills have been on the struggle bus in recent weeks while the Lions are coming in on a three-game win streak. So whether this one comes down to QB play with two former first round picks in Josh Allen and Jared Goff going head to head, or if it comes to which defense comes up with more stops, this might be the might exciting game of the day. It would be hard not to pick the Lions here, however, the Bills will be playing their second consecutive game in Detroit in just five days. The brace is off for Allen, and he has looked fully healthy in practice this week
It includes one of the NFL Thanksgiving mainstays, and in 82 matchups they have amassed a record of 37-43-2. While the Bills will be coming in with a holiday record of 5-4-1.
Prediction: Bills 35, Lions 21
New York Giants (7-3) vs. Dallas Cowboys (7-3)
The Cowboys are another team that always play on Thanksgiving day, this year’s game will not be easy for them though as they take on of the biggest surprises of the season. The New York Giants. Though, the biggest problem for Saquon Barkley and his crew is that they may have their work cut out. The Giants have not scored a touchdown on Thanksgiving day in 84 years. In fairness though they seldom play.
“This is the sixth time that I’ve been part of this game, not necessarily against Dallas – third time against Dallas, I think,” coach Brian Daboll said. “It’s great, it’s a great tribute. You remember when you’re a kid, sitting down and watching television and the games and (John) Madden and turducken and all those types of things. We got a big challenge ahead of us in Dallas and that’s where we’ve got to keep it.”
The Giants are coming off a 31-18 loss Sunday to the Detroit Lions, while Dallas routed the Vikings in Minnesota, 40-3.
The home team (Cowboys) have gone 31-22-1 on NFL Thanksgiving since the holiday tradition started in 1966.
Prediction: Giants 24, Cowboys 17
New England Patriots (6-4) vs. Minnesota Vikings (8-2)
Last but definitely not least, as you are sitting down to eat your turkey, ham, prime rib or any other family tradition you may have, the Patriots will take on the Vikings, who will be looking for revenge after losing 40-3 last week. That revenge seeking will not come easy against Bill Belichek, and if the Pats defense can get to Kirk Cousins early the home team may struggle once again.
The defense has propelled the Pats to the victory over the last three weeks, and Belichek will look for his defense to do the same this week.
The Vikings come in to the game with a 6-2 Thanksgiving day record, while the Patriots are 3-2.
Prediction: Vikings 24, Patriots 21
From our family to yours, we wish you all a very happy thanksgiving.
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