The Thanksgiving NFL games have a certain lack of buzz surrounding them this year. Every year, the Thanksgiving NFL games are watched by millions of football fans, all of them hoping that a good and competitive game will take place.
This Thanksgiving, though, there are three games on the NFL schedule, all of them including one team destined for the Playoffs and one that needs to be re-built. The odds-makers don’t really believe that there will be any upsets on Thanksgiving Day, but even the league has to be hoping for an upset or two in order to keep the ratings up.
The three NFL games on Thursday, Nov. 25, are New England vs. Detroit, New Orleans vs. Dallas, and Cincinnati vs. New York (Jets). The Patriots and Jets are tied for the best record in the NFL at 8-2 right now, and the New Orleans Saints are the defending Super Bowl champions, with a 7-3 record so far in 2010. The Dallas Cowboys are 3-7, but both the Cincinnati Bengals and Detroit Lions are 2-8 already. Only Dallas even has a chance to make the NFL Playoffs, but they would need to win their last six games to make that happen. It doesn’t seem very likely, though.
In order for football fans to really enjoy these Thanksgiving games, they might have to set aside the records and tune in to see some of the best the NFL has to offer. The New Orleans Saints are flying high again, and last week beat the NFC West-leading Seattle Seahawks by showing off their great offense. Running back Reggie Bush should be back, and playing the game down in Dallas could serve to make this an extremely entertaining game.
Likewise, the New England vs. Detroit game will show off quarterback Tom Brady and his new-look offense, giving heads up to the rest of the AFC about how they will look in the final weeks of the season.
The NFL fans who will best enjoy these games are those with fantasy football teams, as there is the potential of some extremely great statistics from some of these teams. It’s also professional football, so it is possible that any one of the weaker teams could provide an upset that they can build off of in the 2011 offseason.
Three of the teams playing on Thursday have the makings of a Super Bowl team, so this could also be a great way to introduce NFL fans to what they might be seeing in Dallas this February for the big game.
2010 Thanksgiving NFL Schedule:
*New England vs. Detroit (9:30 a.m. PT / Thursday Morning Game)
*New Orleans vs. Dallas (1:15 p.m. PT / Thursday Night Game)
*Cincinnati vs. New York Jets (5:20 p.m. PT / Thursday Night Game)