On Thanksgiving Day, Lions welcome bears to begin with. Can Jared Goff and Co. clinch his first win of the season? Then the cowboys meet the raiders and the night the Saints and Bills conclude.
NFL announces Thanksgiving 2021
Detroit Lions (0-9-1) – Chicago Bears (3-7) (Thursday, 6:30 p.m. LIVE ON DAZN)
- Tim Boyle vs. Andy Dalton – the reserve quarterback duel, both of which were still in use this weekend, will likely be spared us on the traditional Thanksgiving start with the Lions participating. Jared Goff has apparently recovered on time and will be able to start for the Lions. Boyle hadn’t really been able to use his luck as a starter.
- On the Bears’ side, however, Dalton will most likely take over as a starter. Justin Fields suffered a rib injury against the Ravens and needs to take a break for now. Dalton did well against Baltimore and threw two long touchdown passes. Opportunities for the Red Rifle should open up in the face of the Lions’ unimpressive pass defense.
- The Lions are of course hoping for their first victory of the current season, the game against the Bears should offer the best chances of the season, followed by the Vikings, Broncos, Cardinals, Falcons, Seahawks and Packers. And: The Thanksgiving appearance should be the last game of the season in Detroit, the team will definitely want to use it!
- Once again, the Lions racing game is in the foreground. In view of the major problems in the passing game, Detroit should also be back in the race against the Bears. And conditions could be worse: Khalil Mack won’t play this season, Akiem Hicks will likely miss the Thanksgiving game as well. There may be rooms for D’Andre Swift and Co.
- On the guest side, Allen Robinson will likely be out again, so Darnell Mooney should be Dalton’s favorite target again. The week before, the quarterback was looking for the receiver again and again, an opponent who could defend Mooney one-on-one, at least on paper, which the Lions don’t have.
Dallas Cowboys (3-7) v Las Vegas Raiders (5-5) (Thursday, 10:30 p.m.)
- Cowboys also traditionally play at home on Thanksgiving. It is not yet clear which stars domestic fans will be able to hope for. Dak Prescott will play, Amari Cooper is absent. There is still a question mark behind Tyron Smith and CeeDee Lamb, but there seems to be reason to be optimistic for both.
- Dallas could certainly use any assist offensively. Last week, with the engine of the much-acclaimed offense against the Chiefs spat, a return from Smith would help a lot. With Maxx Crosby and Yannick Ngakoue, the Raiders have an exceptional duo that could pose huge problems for the hosts’ offensive line.
- Without Cooper and with a beaten Lamb (if at all), Michael Gallup should play a more important role offensively. The receiver has missed much of the season with injury and will need to pass the passing game shortly after his return. Next to him – if Lamb can’t play – will appear Cedrick Wilson.
- The rush for opposing passes could also cause headaches on the other side. Micah Parsons has been a force of nature as Edge Defender. Last week, he was under more pressure against the Chiefs than any other player this season. Right tackle Brandon Parker has vacillated a lot this season, he should have his hands full with Parsons.
- But pass protection isn’t the only question mark in offending guests. Over the past few weeks the Raiders have been much more harmless offensively, the last game with over 16 points is now over a month old. Derek Carr and Co. need to get back into shape as quickly as possible – otherwise Las Vegas will soon be out of playoff contention.
New Orleans Saints (5-5) – Buffalo Bills (6-4) (Friday, 2:20 a.m.)
- Rehab at Thanksgiving – that’s exactly what the Saints and Bills have in mind in the final game of the holidays. New Orleans was overrun by the Eagles the week before, the Bills did not fare better against the Colts. Now, no more losing streak!
- On the Saints side, the question of the quarterback is once again in the center of attention. After a few solid appearances, Trevor Siemian has revealed against the Eagles why he has so far been used almost exclusively as a substitute in the NFL. Now, of all things, it is against the prevailing rush of bills. Could Taysom Hill get more play than the quarterback?
- In addition, there are still a lot of question marks in the offense: Alvin Kamara will likely also be eliminated against the Bills due to his knee injury, and the Saints now also have to worry about Mark Ingram: the carrier. de ballon could not train on Tuesday. It doesn’t look any better on the offensive line: Ryan Ramczyk will still have to pass, after all, Terron Armstead is about to make his comeback. Against the rush of tickets, it would be worth gold.
- Buffalo disappointed both offensively and defensively this weekend. Josh Allen has so far not reached the level of the year before, the Bills passing game poses similar problems to the Chiefs offense. The hosts’ run defense is – aside from the game against the Eagles – very good, Buffalo will need to focus on the passing game on Friday night.
- Stefon Diggs is expected to meet directly with Marshon Lattimore, the Saints’ top cornerback. Thus, Emmanuel Sanders could play a particularly important role in the duel with his ex-team. The veteran is still capable of making big plays, with Gabriel Davis, Cole Beasley and Dawson Knox, the Bills have no shortage of weapons on offense either.