Touchdowns and Fantasy Points! Coming to a TV near you! Yesterday’s thanksgiving games were action packed (Just for the winning team)… There were 3 blowout victories on Thanksgiving yesterday and 2 of them sent their own fans with upset stomachs on turkey and a loss. Here’s a recap on all 3 games…
Bears @ Lions: Detroit is yet hosting ANOTHER thanksgiving feast against the Bears! (Fun Fact: This is the Lions 75th Thanksgiving Day game!) The game started off surprisingly strong for Chicago against Detroit’s top notch D. QB Jay Cutler threw 2 TD’s to Alshon Jeffery in that 1st Quarter to take a 14-3 lead. And then everything stopped for Chicago, they only scored 1 more time the whole game on a Robbie Gould FG while Detroit scored 21 unanswered points on 2 Megatron TD’s and a Joique Bell 1 YD TD. The game ended in a 34-17 blowout win for Detroit to help their playoff chances and improve to 8-4, .5 of a game behind the white hot Packers who play the AFC’s best Patriots in the top matchup of Sunday. Detroit is in the playoff picture as of now with the 6 seed but could very well move up with a soft schedule to close out the year.
Matthew Stafford feasted on Chicago’s soft secondary throwing for 390 yards and 2 TD’s. His #1 target Calvin Johnson had 11 catches for 146 yards and 2 TD’s to break out of a 2 week slump after getting shadowed by 2 top corners. Also in this game he reached another milestone and became the fastest player to 10,000 career Receiving Yards! RB Joique Bell got out of a quick slump and went on to rush for 91 yards and 2 TD’s as the only active Lions back to receive a carry.
For Da Bears Jay Cutler threw for 280 yards and 2 picks and TD’s. Their rushing was non existent literally. They combined for 13 rushing yards against the Lions tough run D on 8 carries. The Bears are pretty much out of playoff contention fighting with a 5-7 record.
Cowboys vs. Eagles: Both of teams are in serious division and playoff contention with 8-3 records coming into this game. You really couldn’t tell that when this game was all done when Mark Sanchez put on a clinic for the Eagle Offense. His last Thanksgiving performance was one to remember (but not for him). 2 Years ago while starting for the Jets vs. the Patriots he made a bad season worse when he had his beloved “Butt Fumble” when he ran into his LT’s butt headfirst and fumbled leading to a Patriots TD. Anyway he played great leading the Eagles to a 33-10 win while his D carried the momentum. Tony Romo played like the old Sanchez with a poor game in a really important one. The Cowboys must rise to the occasion on these huge games to save their chances of missing yet another playoff.
Sanchez threw for 217 yards and a TD with no butt fumbles or Pick 6’s :). This was his 1st game with the Eagles this season to not throw for 300+ yards. RB LeSean McCoy ran for 159 yards and a TD despite a fumble. He’s definitely been stepping up his game lately while breaking out of his season slump.
Dallas had a bad day with Romo throwing 2 picks (nearly a 3rd called back by a penalty) and 0 TD’s to stop his TD streak of many games. He was 1 yard short of a 200 yd passing day. DeMarco Murray was shut down only running for 73 yards on 20 carries. But still he’s on pace for an MVP season. Dez Bryant was unable to throw-up-the-X with a 4 catch 73 yard day.
Seattle @ San Fran: Both teams came in with 7-4 records fighting for a playoff spot. But we could definitely see the better team in this low scoring affair. It took San Fran about 45 minutes to score (it was a 40 yd Phil Dawson FG) and they were smashed down to a 19-3 loss. CB Richard Sherman shhhhhh’d the San Fran crowd once again with 2 picks and gave his team serious momentum.
Russell Wilson had a normal day with 236 yards and a TD while rushing for only 35 yards while he’s been averaging a ton of yards on the ground. He also had a beautiful 63 yard pass to TE Tony Moeaki when he made an on the run throw out of the pocket escaping the 9’ers ferocious front 5. Beast Mode had 104 yards on the day against the tough D.
Colin Kaepernick played horrendous throwing for a scarce 121 yards and 2 picks with of course 0 TD’s. Frank Gore continued his major slump with 28 yards on 10 carries. Again, here’s an example of the terrible play calling of the 49’ers not giving the ball to Gore. And when they really do give him 20+ carries, they win.