While many were left without a thanksgiving feast yesterday due to COVID-19, at least two NFL teams were partaking in a feast on the field. In the NFL Thanksgiving doubleheader, the Washington Football Team took on the Dallas Cowboys while the Houston Texans went against the Detroit Lions. While all teams involved are on a downward spiral, there could only be one outcome between the four. As the postseason inches closer and closer, playoff spots are beginning the fill-up. In what may be one of the weirdest NFL seasons due to the pandemic, the Super Bowl is up for grabs for whoever wants it most.
Houston Texans 41 – Detroit Lions 25
Star quarterback Deshaun Watson lead the Houston Texans (4-7) in a slaughtering against the Detroit Lions (4-7). Watson threw for 318 yards, completing 17 of 25 passes. Regarded as one of the best young talents in the league, Deshaun Watson proved the case for that yesterday. With two of his biggest targets out for the game (Randall Cobb and Kenny Stills), Deshaun Watson looked for his vets in Will Fuller and Brandin Cooks. Fuller tore apart the Lions’ defense like the Thanksgiving turkey. Will Fuller went for 171 yards and added two TDs to his stats.
Aside from the highlighting plays, not much could be said about this game. If not for it being Thanksgiving, many fans would not have paid much attention to this game. In the first half, the Lions turned the ball over in three straight drives that would make anyone lose their appetite. Houston wasn’t safe from their own mistakes either. In the first half alone, the Texans committed 8 penalties for a total of 65 yards. Houston did manage to get a pick-six, thanks to Texans J.J. Watt.
Washington Football Team 41 – Dallas Cowboys 16
This one of those games the Cowboys wish they could forget. With Alex Smith leading Washington (4-7), many fans are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Smith threw for only 149 yards, connecting with Logan Thomas for a single touchdown. Alex Smith managed the game in a way that Washington was missing all season. Washington’s defense may have been one of the bright spots leading into the postseason. The defense managed to keep Dallas’ Cowboys (3-8) star wideout Amari Cooper in check most of the game. All around solid effort by the secondary in the backfield.
The biggest standout from this game may have been rookie runningback, Antonio Gibson. The rookie had a breakout game in which he couldn’t be stopped. Gibson managed to get into the endzone three times while rushing 20 times for 115 yards. Cowboys fans will have nightmares of him in their sleep until they meet again. Antonio Gibson has gained nine touchdowns with over 400 yards on the ground. If you didn’t know who he was before, you might want to keep your eyes glued to Washington as they make a push for the wild card.