I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!
Mine was perfect - family, drinks, food and lots of football!
It was a pretty crazy day in the NFL, with two of the three games turning out to be total blowouts. The Panthers and the Lions ran rampant on the Cowboys and Eagles, respectively. Here's how it went down.
Lions QB Matt Stafford had a huge day on Thursday, as the veteran threw 5 TD passes - including 3 to veteran WR Calvin Johnson - en route to a huge 45-14 beat down of Philadelphia.
The Lions, who always have the honor of playing on Thanksgiving, made good on their tradition this year by smacking around the Eagles. This one was close in the first half, but Calvin Johnson caught 3 TDs in the third quarter and made it a blowout (also, how amazing is that photo? It almost looks fake!).
The Eagles have now completely fallen apart, and have given up 45 points in consecutive games. Their defense has to be one of the worst in the league, and it looks like the offseason move of paying CB Byron Maxwell a huge contract was the wrong decision, as he was torched all afternoon.
Meanwhile, the Lions suddenly have a breath of life in the NFC playoff picture. They're still on the outside looking in, but they have lots of momentum after a huge Thanksgiving win.
The Cowboys suffered a similar fate to their NFC East rivals in Philadelphia, as they got absolutely hammered by the still-perfect Panthers. This one ended 33-14 in favor of Carolina, who moves to 11-0. Dallas, on the other hand, slips to 3-8, effectively ending their playoff hopes.
The Panthers returned two Tony Romo INTs for touchdowns, including one within the first minute of play, and it was never close. The Panthers offense stuttered for much of the night but it didn't matter, as their defense - especially cornerback Josh Norman, who shut down Dez Bryant all game - put in a huge performance and defined the game.
The 'Boys lost Romo for the season toward the end of the game as the QB broke is collarbone and will be shut down with the playoffs basically out of the question. A very disappointing season for Dallas, while Carolina on the other hand continues to fly as high as any team in the league.
I didn't watch the third game, but the Bears shocked the Packers by beating them 17-13 in Green Bay. The Bears move to 5-6 and the Packers are now 7-4. Green Bay has been struggling for a few weeks in a row now and something may be wrong with Aaron Rodgers, who is having his worst season in a while. They've got to figure it out quickly in order to save their season.
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving - enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend!
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