This Thursday is Thanksgiving, a day for amazing food, family time, and, of course, one of the best football days of the year. While people here in the Chicago area might have a hard time suiting up to go play a few downs before they sit down to some turkey due to the frigid temperatures, there’s no stopping them from throwing on their jerseys and settling in to watch some intense Turkey Day Matches.
- Start off your day at 12:30 pm ET with the 16th Thanksgiving meet up of the Chicago Bears @ the Detroit Lions. Historically, the Bears have a slightly better record against the Lions on Thanksgiving, racking up 8 wins since the first Bears v. Lions Thanksgiving game in 1920. The Bears have a Thanksgiving record of 16-14-2 (.533), while the Lions have a record of 34-38-2 (.472), with Matthew Stafford’s career Thanksgiving record of 1-3. While according to Las Vegas the Lions are a sure thing, it is worth mentioning that they have lost the past two games, and that they cannot afford to lose another game this season if they still want a position in the playoffs. Though right behind the Green Bay Packers in the division, we can’t count the Bears out just yet. While powerhouse teams like the New England Patriots and the Green Bay Packers have made quick work of the mediocre Bears defense, the past two weeks have shown us that the Bears defense does much better against weak offenses, like those of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Minnesota Vikings. Though the Detroit Lions are considerably better than these aforementioned teams, the Bears might see this crumbling Lions offense as possible win.
- As the food is starting to hit the plates, sit down and enjoy the battle of Romo vs. Sanchez, with the Philadelphia Eagles @ the Dallas Cowboys at 4:30 pm ET. While Tony Romo holds a better Thanksgiving record than Mark Sanchez (6-1 and 1-1, respectfully), the Philadelphia Eagles are 5-0 for Thanksgiving games. While winning 5 games is nothing compared to the experienced Cowboys Thanksgiving record (29-16-1), this is possibly the Cowboys’ most important holiday match up ever. With Tony Romo having what is, arguably, his best season ever, it is likely that the Cowboys will come out on top. While Mark Sanchez has done an okay job taking over for Nick Foles this season, he still commits major errors, which will be hard to come back from if continued during this Thursday’s match up.
- Ride out the food coma with the battle of the west at 8:30 pm ET: the Seattle Seahawks @ the San Francisco 49ers. While both of these teams started off the season as Super Bowl favorites in the NFC, they are both currently out of the running for the playoffs. This game is an important one, as it will determine which team has a chance of taking the wildcard playoff spot. While the 49ers are favored to win, with the NFL’s best pass defense and the return of Aldon Smith, Russell Wilson has still been able to move the Seahawks offense with his 644 rushing yards this season.
If college football is more your cup of tea, check out LSU @ Texas A&M or Number 5 TCU @ Texas, both at 7:30 pm ET. Northern Illinois fans will have to wait until Friday (NIU @ Michigan, 11:00 am ET), and Northwestern and Illinois fans until Saturday (Illinois @ Northwestern, 12:00 ET.)
Regardless of what team your watching this Thanksgiving, enjoy your holiday weekend and, as always, give thanks for football.