Eating too much food, putting on your stretchy pants, taking a post-dinner nap and watching football, those are pretty much the most important principles of Thanksgiving on any given year.
Part of that tradition is taking part in watching a Dallas Cowboys or Detroit Lions game, the two teams that play every single Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, this year (any many other years it seems like) both the Lions and Cowboys are down in the dumps but that certainly won’t stop us from watching them take the field on Thursday in between loading up on ham and covering our plates in gravy.
The Cowboys are hosting the Washington Football Team in what should look like your backyard family game on Turkey Day as both teams ride the bottom/top (there is really no distinguishing which it is) of the NFC East. Both teams have some major issues with their squads. The Cowboys have a defense that allows all uninvited guests to come into their home, pull up the rugs and furniture and leave with it like it’s theirs. The Football Team on the other hand couldn’t go to the store and buy enough points to win a game if they tried.
The Cowboys seemed a bit hopeless even when they had Dak Prescott, but since losing him things have gotten much worse. The rank dead last in total scoring, they rank 31st in run defense, 16th in pass defense and 24th on yards per play. Their defense has allowed just about every team they have played to roll them. Mike McCarthy has had a difficult time getting a grasp on this franchise and even with an occasional win like last week, it doesn’t instill much confidence. The offense has struggled with the quarterback roulette the team is playing and although Andy Dalton put up a decent game last week, there is no telling how he will play against a Washington defense with an excellent front.
Washington is down to Alex Smith on the depth chart and points just aren’t benign scored. Had it not been for Joe Burrow going down with a torn ACL and MCL last week, Washington probably loses that football game. The offense ranks 24th or worse in running, passing and total scoring.
Washington Players to Watch:
Washington, Chase Young: This guy was special coming out of Ohio State and he has been special in the NFL. Last week he had a signature moment when he prevented a touchdown and delivered a blow against the Bengals. Dallas employs a good O-line and Zeke so Young will be challenged. He’s put up 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.
Dallas Players To Watch
Dallas Cowboys, Jourdan Lewis: The Cowboys secondary has been run over all season long but they are finally facing a team they can shut down. Lewis will have the task of stopping Terry McLaurin, Washington’s best wide receiver. This is his shot at showing some season progress.
Both teams have been bad all season and it isn’t going to get better anytime soon but we love Thanksgiving Football and I’ll still be watching.
Washington 17 Cowboys 24
By: Matt Lively CruelFan.com