Highlights, results and all information about the Thanksgiving Games

On Thanksgiving, the Lions welcome the Bears to start with. Can Jared Goff and Co. get their first win of the season? Then the cowboys meet the raiders, and the night the Saints and the Bills conclude.

NFL Previews Thanksgiving 2021

Detroit Lions (0-9-1) – Chicago Bears (3-7) (Thurs., 6:30 p.m. LIVE ON DAZN)

  • Tim Boyle vs. Andy Dalton – the duel of the backup quarterbacks, both of which were still used at the weekend, will probably be spared us at the traditional Thanksgiving start with Lions participation. Jared Goff has apparently recovered in time and will be able to start for the Lions. Boyle hadn’t really been able to use his chance as a starter.
  • On the side of the Bears, however, Dalton will very likely take over again as a starter. Justin Fields injured his ribs against the Ravens and has to pause for the time being. Dalton did well against Baltimore and threw two long touchdown passes. Opportunities for the Red Rifle should open up against the unimpressive pass defense of the Lions.
  • The Lions are of course hoping for their first win of the current season, the game against the Bears should offer the best chance of the season, followed by the Vikings, Broncos, Cardinals, Falcons, Seahawks and Packers. And: The Thanksgiving appearance should be Detroit’s last primetime game of the season, the team will definitely want to use it!
  • Once again, the Lions’ run game is in the foreground. In view of the major problems in the passing game, Detroit should also be back on the run against the Bears. And the conditions could be worse: Khalil Mack won’t play this season, Akiem Hicks will probably miss the Thanksgiving game too. There could be rooms for D’Andre Swift and Co.
  • On the part of the guests, Allen Robinson will probably be out again, so Darnell Mooney should once again be Dalton’s favorite target. In the previous week, the quarterback was looking for the receiver again and again, an opponent who can defend Mooney in one-on-one, at least on paper, the Lions do not have.

Dallas Cowboys (3-7) – Las Vegas Raiders (5-5) (Thursday, 10.30pm)

  • The cowboys also traditionally play at home on Thanksgiving. It is not yet clear which stars the domestic fans will be able to look forward to. Dak Prescott will play, Amari Cooper is out. There is still a question mark behind Tyron Smith and CeeDee Lamb, but there seems to be reason for optimism for both.
  • Dallas could definitely definitely use any help offensively. Last week the engine of the long-praised offense against the Chiefs sputtered, a return from Smith would help a lot. With Maxx Crosby and Yannick Ngakoue, the Raiders have an outstanding pass-rush duo that could pose enormous problems for the hosts’ offensive line.
  • Without Cooper and with a battered Lamb (if at all) Michael Gallup should play a bigger role offensively. The receiver missed large parts of the season due to injury and will have to carry the passing game shortly after his return. Next to him – if Lamb can’t play – Cedrick Wilson will appear.
  • The opposing pass rush could also cause headaches on the other side. Micah Parsons has been a force of nature as Edge Defender, last week he booked more pressures against the Chiefs than any other player this season. Right tackle Brandon Parker wobbled a lot this season, he should have his hands full with Parsons.
  • But the pass protection is not the only question mark in the offense of the guests. In the last few weeks, the Raiders have been much more harmless offensively, the last game with more than 16 points is now more than a month ago. Derek Carr and Co. have to get back to their form as quickly as possible – otherwise Las Vegas will soon be out of the playoff race.



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