NFL Thanksgiving Games, Schedule and Week 12 Games
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Bills (7-3) at Lions (4-6), 12:30 p.m., CBS: The NFL has a tasty trifecta of Turkey Day games this year, and even a matchup involving the Lions looks good: Detroit has won three straight for the first time since 2017. Its overall Thanksgiving record isn’t, however. not favorable, considering the Lions are still playing at home. They are 37-43-2. (Bills are 5-4-1 on holidays.)
Giants (7-3) at Cowboys (7-3), 4:30 p.m., Fox: Ezekiel Elliott’s return from injury gives Dallas a tough punch at running back. Elliott showed he could be used on plays between tackles, short range and pass protection as the Cowboys demolished Minnesota on Sunday. Tony Pollard’s forte is running around the perimeter and rebounding for a touchdown at all times. NFC East teams have a combined winning percentage of .707.
Patriots (6-4) vs. Vikings (8-2), 8:20 p.m., NFL Network: After losing by 37 points to Dallas, Minnesota has a minus two-point differential, the lowest in NFL history by any team to start a season 8-2 or better in 10 games, according to NFL. Research. The previous low was set by the San Diego Chargers in 1987 (with a plus-6), and they missed the playoffs that season.
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Broncos (3-7) at Panthers (3-8), 1 p.m.: Denver management wouldn’t fire coach Nathaniel Hackett on Thanksgiving weekend, would they? Nothing Hackett does works. When Hackett struggled with clock management and in-game decisions, retired special teams coach Jerry Rosburg was brought in to help. Denver has since gone 2-6, with Hackett also handing over call duties to passing game coordinator Klint Kubiak.
Buccaneers (5-5) at Browns (3-7), 1 p.m.: Tampa Bay is riding a modest two-game winning streak after faltering on offense and defense while losing five of six games. The Bucs are at the top of the NFC South, and they have a manageable schedule the rest of the way.
Ravens (7-3) at Jaguars (3-7), 1 p.m.: Oh, to be the Ravens. Although they lead the Bengals by a narrow margin in their division, their next four opponents are currently stuffed like a turducken with records of 3-7, 3-7, 3-7 and 3-7.
Texans (1-8-1) at Dolphins (7-3), 1 p.m.: All is not bleak for the Texans with a victory. They have the first and seventh picks in the 2023 draft, which has three quarterbacks likely to make the top five. This seventh pick comes from Cleveland via the Deshaun Watson trade.
Bears (3-8) at Jets (6-4), 1 p.m.: An injury to Justin Fields and Zach Wilson’s bench could turn this into a “showdown” between Trevor Siemian and Mike White. Fields dislocated his left shoulder last week and was listed as day-to-day. Wilson made no friends among the New York defenders when he replied, “No. No.” when asked if he let down the defense in Sunday’s nasty loss to New England. This led coach Robert Saleh to refuse to commit to him in the middle of the week to start against Chicago, and on Wednesday Saleh announced that Wilson was benched and White would start.
Bengals (6-4) at Titans (7-3), 1 p.m.: Does a team really need anything more than Derrick Henry and a solid defense? Tennessee has won seven of its last eight games (the loss was in overtime to Kansas City) since an 0-2 start. Winning the AFC No. 1 seed seems less likely than when the Titans did it a year ago, but it’s not out of the question.
Falcons (5-6) at Commanders (6-5), 1 p.m.: Washington is down over .500 but still resides at the bottom of the ultra-competitive NFC East. In the first five weeks, Washington’s defense gave up 25.6 points and 345.6 yards per game with just one takeaway. But since Week 6, those numbers have dropped to 15.8 points and 276.7 yards, with 12 takeaways.
Chargers (5-5) at Cardinals (4-7), 4:05 p.m.: The Chargers tried their luck against the Chiefs on Sunday night, but Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce were too many. Los Angeles is the second-best team in the AFC West, but still trails Kansas City by three games after losing twice to the Chiefs by three points.
Raiders (3-7) vs. Seahawks (6-4), 4:05 p.m.: Geno Smith continues to find himself in good company, with a 108 passer rating that trails only Tua Tagovailoa’s 108.4 and tops Mahomes’ 107.3.
Rams (3-7) at Chiefs (8-2), 4:25 p.m.: The Rams look pretty close to bottom: Cooper Kupp is on injured reserve and Matthew Stafford will miss his second game in three weeks after reentering NFL concussion protocol. They could reach it in Kansas City, with the click of the Chiefs attack. Mahomes entered Sunday night’s game with the highest yards per game average of his career (326.2) and went on to finish with 329 yards.
Saints (4-7) at 49ers (6-4), 4:25 p.m.: Perhaps it was reckless to underestimate Jimmy Garoppolo. He had four touchdowns on Monday night for the first time since Week 14 of the 2019 season. This, of course, was the season the 49ers won the NFC title and lost to Kansas City in the Super Bowl.
Packers (4-7) at Eagles (9-1), 8:20 p.m., NBC: A sobering statistics comes from Packers writer Zach Kruse: Aaron Rodgers has played in six games under 20 points from 2019-2021. In 2022, he has already played in six such games. As for his Philadelphia counterpart, Jalen Hurts is 14-2 in his last 16 regular season games with 33 total touchdowns.
Steelers (3-7) vs. Colts (4-6-1), 8:15 p.m., ESPN: Indianapolis coach Jeff Saturday shows up on ESPN in a way no one expected the former commentator to a few weeks ago. In a one-point loss to the Eagles on Sunday, the Indianapolis defense forced two turnovers and did a good job controlling the line of scrimmage.