What a day of football the NFL served up with Thursday’s Thanksgiving tripleheader – and hopefully you overcame your tryptophan coma to enjoy all three games in their entirety.
The Buffalo Bills defeated the Detroit Lions, 28-25 on a last-second field goal, the Dallas Cowboys completed a season sweep of the New York Giants with a 28-20 decision that wasn’t as close as the final score indicates, and the Minnesota Vikings – four days after getting embarrassed at home 40-3 by Dallas – rebounded with a 33-26 triumph over the New England Patriots. It marked the first time since 1926 that Turkey Day featured a trio of games that all finished with one-score margins.
Yet beyond the quality of the contests and the results on the scoreboard, Thursday offered up more winners and losers like so many Thanksgiving sides.
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Cowboys LB Micah Parsons sacked Giants QB Daniel Jones (8) twice Thursday.
Let’s dig in:
Micah Parsons: The legend continues to grow. The Cowboys’ pass rusher extraordinaire picked up another pair of sacks Thursday, his ninth career multi-sack game tying him with Aldon Smith for the most in any player’s first two seasons. Parsons also joined Smith and Hall of Famer Reggie White as the only players to notch at least a dozen QB takedowns in each of their first two seasons since the stat became official in 1982. Parsons would seem to be on the very short list for 2022 Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Josh Allen: Buffalo’s quarterback is hardly 100% as he continues to recover from the UCL injury to this throwing elbow – and that was apparent at times on a day when he only completed 24 of 42 passes (for 253 yards, 2 TDs, INT passing plus one rush TD). But Allen was at his best in the final 30 seconds, right when the Bills needed him to be. With the game tied 25-25 following a Lions field goal, he rifled a ball 36 yards down the middle to WR…
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Publish date : 2022-11-25 06:12:18
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