Six different NFL teams hit the field on Thanksgiving for the early Week 12 action. All three visiting teams won. And two out of three games end up going down the wire. But who won and lost Turkey Day? Who should make themselves another dinner plate to celebrate their day, and who will be the one to stuff food into their mouths in sadness? We are here to tell you.
Let’s identify the good, the bad and the bad from NFLAction of Thanksgiving:
NS Receipt again look a lot like the candidates, merger Saints Enter the Superdome with Josh Allen, Stefan Diggs, Dawson Knox and their defense was all exposed. Buffalo still needs a lot more from its on-court game, which may help ease some of the pressure on Allen, but it’s a big step in the right direction. Defeated Saints, yes, but to beat them 25 years old on the road in a short week? That will build confidence.
Josh Allen still not out of the MVP chat. He still made one too many throws, but he was effective in most of the Bills’ big wins, finishing with four points in the air and leading Buffalo in the charge.
DeSean Jackson finally made some (good) noise for Raiders, made the most of his three catches against Dallas: 102 yards and a big score helped Vegas reverse Cowboys in a much-needed victory. Jackson may be a horse or a donkey, but when he’s galloping at full speed, this is the damage he can do.
Hunter Renfrow broke out this year, and that continues against the Cowboys. He gets to 658 yards – career-high – with six games left. He’s staying healthy will be the key to the long way of Raid.
Derek Carr certainly took a step forward in countering the Cowboys’ defence. He’s suffered a number of ill-timed slumps in recent years, and that seems to be the case this season. But he was the most confident in weeks on Thursday.
Cowboys may be interested overall, but one thing they don’t have to worry about is lack of talent. Not available Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb, they still found a way to win the big shootout, with Cedrick Wilson, Michael Gallup and Dalton Schultz display through the air. With good health, they cannot be ignored.
Matt Nagy could have prevented reinforcement calls for his work by leading Bear undefeated victory Lion, but the boy did it in an ugly, unconvincing way. On a day when Detroit begged Chicago to run away from everything thanks to too many penalties and ill-advised decisions, the Bears needed an on-field goal when time ran out to close the deal.
Cowboys have talent (see above), but they may not be competent. After starting 6-1 and looking like a potential NFC application, they lost 3/4. Worse still: their defense, dominated by stars like Micah Parsons and Trevon Diggs, always letting the Raiders move the ball when they needed to, for the worst 36 points of the season. Suddenly, in the big picture, the Cowboys were no longer the backstop to winning the NFC East.
Bamboo’s white skin leaving the Bills to a big win with a knee injury doesn’t bode well for Buffalo’s defence, especially when it won’t be facing Trevor Siemian and the Saints explode every week. White was suspected of making a quick comeback after departure and was subsequently demoted to relegation.
Bears Couldn’t celebrate for their 16-14 win over the Lions. They can not. And the reason they’re ugly is because there’s no clear light at the end of the tunnel. Thursday’s schedule is not sustainable. You can say the same thing about most of their games this year. Blame Nagy, blame Ryan Pace’s squad building, blame whoever you want. But they nearly fell 3-8 against a rough and blatantly rebuilt opponent, and they weren’t soon built to be much better.
Lions fell to 0-10-1 despite taking a deep lead with the Bears into the fourth quarter. What else must we say here? Dan Campbell, for all his connotative speeches, is increasingly part of the problem in Detroit, where mental troubles are compounding a lack of talent of the caliber. Send help immediately.
Saints still on the hunt for the NFC wild card at 5-6, but where in the world can they look for help when it comes to crime? Bringing Alvin Kamara back will obviously increase their chances. But Trevor Siemian couldn’t bear the weight they were placing on his shoulders, Taysom Hill was either unhealthy or not ready enough to take the midfield role, and the only other option (aside from Philip Rivers’s imminent retirement). ) appears to be rookie Ian Book. Sean Payton is better off getting creative fast.