Lions. Cowboys. Thanksgiving.
It’s tradition — and it’s value celebrating.
Detroit has been personification Turkey Day games given 1934, when a Lions mislaid to a two-time defending-champion Bears in front of 26,000 during University of Detroit Stadium. This competence be tough to believe, though that same Lions group won it all in 1935. (Yes, a Detroit Lions were champs.) Dallas, meanwhile, got a late Thanksgiving diversion in 1966, besting a Browns (who were not 0-11) during a Cotton Bowl, 26-14. That Cowboys group would go on, after that season, to play a Lombardi Packers in a initial of dual uninterrupted famous NFL Championship Games.
For years, nobody wanted to play on Thanksgiving. Detroit had always hosted a game, and afterwards Cowboys VP Tex Schramm suspicion it a good showcase for his comparatively immature organization. Starting in a mid-to-late-’70s, other NFL teams wanted in. Finally, we saw a presentation of a night diversion a decade ago, that will be Steelers during Colts this time around. Andrew Luck’s participation would make all a festivities a diminutive bit cooler, though beggars can’t be choosers.
â Elliot Harrison (@HarrisonNFL)
November 23, 2016
Cool, huh? Those are a ’34 Lions in action. Meanwhile, a ’66 Cowboys quarterback, “Dandy” Don Meredith, lives on in quotes …
@HarrisonNFL “If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, weâd all have a happy Christmas.” -Don Meredith Dallas still usually kick 1 winning team
â AZCHawk (@cockyboy69)
November 22, 2016
You’ve desirous me, Hawk … IF a Cowboys hadn’t beaten a Eagles, Steelers and Ravens, they’d all have winning records, BUT they did.
So, do a Lions win this week? Yeeeeeeesh. That’s hard. How about a Cowboys? See below. As distant as Steelers-Colts, whoever wins will go over .500. As for your team, a outcome is listed, as well. Feel giveaway to send your take: @HarrisonNFL is a place.
Now, let’s get to it!
Elliot Harrison went 11-3 on his predictions for Week 11, giving him a record of 105-54-2 so distant this season. How will he transport in Week 12? His picks are below:
Tight diversion in Chicago this weekend — or should we say,
Titan-ic diversion in Chicago this weekend, providing
Marcus Mariota continues to chuck a round effectively though a disastrous plays. Tennessee’s quarterback has been zero brief of shining in November, save for
the detriment in San Diego, when he incited a round over dual times in a second half. Given the
Titans’ plans — outlandish smashmouth, or whatever we wish to call it — they can’t means giveaways. This is a run-first, throw-off-play-action group that is not designed to play catch-up. Here’s a good news for Tennessee: The
Bears aren’t designed to build an indomitable lead, or even, really, any lead during all.
Jay Cutler seems flattering questionable, despite
what we’re conference from John Fox. And
without Zach Miller and Alshon Jeffery, QB
might not be means to collect detached Tennessee’s secondary, à la
last Sunday. Of course,
Matt Barkley competence not be means to collect detached an NFL secondary, period.
Typing this while examination a 1994
Thanksgiving classical between the
Cowboys, that featured Brett Favre and Jason Garrett. If we are aged adequate to remember that game, we competence remember Favre balling out and Sterling Sharpe scoring 3 touchdowns. Ultimately, Favre’s invulnerability was incompetent to stop a fresh Garrett in a highway loss. We competence see a identical outcome in Philadelphia this weekend, as we design Rodgers to try to lessen a hemorrhaging on invulnerability (given what we saw
last Sunday night). Meanwhile,
Carson Wentz competence be inexperienced, most like Garrett was in ’94, though with this being his 11th start, we design him to improve. Wentz began a deteriorate personification like Joe Montana — then, when defenses held adult to him, a rookie regressed. Through a initial 3 games, Wentz posted a 140.0 passer rating on passes that trafficked 15 yards over a line of scrimmage. Over a final 7 games, Wentz’s rating dipped to 29.9 on those same throws. This is a time of year when, if Wentz is as able as advertised, he will exercise what he’s seen on film a final dual months.
Fun fact (unless we are a Cheesehead): The
Eagles are usually permitting 9.5 points per diversion during home this season.
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