AUTHOR: Ronan Gaine
It is widely known in America that Thanksgiving is about three things: Food, family and of course…. football!!
We may not have the food and family this Thursday but we will have the football, with an NFL feast.
Here’s a quick preview of Thanksgiving day action:
Game 1-Minnesota Vikings @ Detroit Lions (5:30 pm)
The turkey day meeting of Minnesota and Detroit will be the second of the season, the Lions earning a 14-7 victory in week 4. Both teams are challenging for the NFC North Division, the Lions need a victory to stretch away from the Green Bay Packers and edge closer to the Vikings. But Minnesota can cement their place at the top of the division with a win at Ford Field.
Matthew Stafford threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns in the Lions latest victory over the Chicago Bears in week 11. He will certainly be looking to replicate that form this Thursday and not produce a touchdown free performance like in week 4.
Matthew Stafford has made a solid start to the season and we’ll need to be at his best if Detroit are to pick up the win
Game 2-L.A Chargers @ Dallas Cowboys (9:30 pm)
The second game of the day comes from AT&T Stadium, with Dak Prescott and the Cowboys hosting Phillip Rivers and the Chargers. The Chargers are 4-6 heading into Thursdays game and lie second in the AFC West, and coming of the back of a huge 54-24 victory over the Broncos they will be very confident of picking up an away win. The Cowboys on the other hand lie second in NFC East and are coming off the back of a crushing home defeat to NFC rivals the Philadelphia Eagles. The home crowd will certainly be hoping for a return to form in week 12.
Both teams still expect to make the playoffs so we should be in for an exciting game in Dallas.
Game 3-New York Giants @ Washington Redskins (1:30 am)
The third and final live game of turkey day sees the Giants make a trip to Washington to take on Kirk Cousins and the Redskins. The Giants have really struggled this season with injuries to key players hampering their season in a big way, they sit bottom of the NFC East with a record of 2-8. They are out of the playoff question but will still be a threat to Washington. The Redskins lost in over-time last time out, it was a tough defeat to take against the Saints and they will certainly want a return to winning ways.
It is an NFL East match up, so should be an exciting game to finish of Thursday’s football.
Kirk Cousins has struggled in games against the Giants in the past and his performance could decide Thursday nights outcome
It is sure to be a great day of NFL action & all three games are live on Sky Sports Main Event from 5 pm.