Thanksgiving Day Football

Thanksgiving Day traditionally means plenty of football to watch.  In the NFL, three games on the plate Thursday.  Starting at 12:30PM it’s the Detroit Lions hosting the longtime traditional rival from the NFC North, the Green Bay Packers, who once again will not have their quarterback, Aaron Rodgers available, and will start Matt Flynn, the fourth quarterback that has started for the Pack in the injury dictated situation.  The Lions are tied with the Chicago Bears at 6-5 in leading the division.  The Packers are 5-5-1 after a rare tie with the Minnesota Vikings last week.  That game will be televised by the FOX network.  At 4:30PM, the Dallas Cowboys are at home against the Oakland Raiders.  Dallas now is tied for the NFC East lead with the Philadelphia Eagles at 6-5, after pulling out a 24-21 win at the New York Giants this past Sunday.  The Raiders are 4-7, last in the AFC West, but still in the hunt for a Wildcard in the AFC.  That game will be on CBS.  And Thursday night Pittsburgh is at rival Baltimore for an 8:30 game on NBC.  Both teams are 5-6 and this will be a key game for each of these team’s Wild Card hopes.

Sunday the Carolina Panthers hope to continue their winning streak at home against NFC South Tampa Bay, who have their own three game winning streak.  The Panthers have won seven in a row.  Kickoff is 1:00PM Sunday.  The Wasington Redskins will hope to stop their free fall to the bottom of the NFC East, hosting the New York Giants Sunday night.  Kickoff is at 8:30PM, and there will be live play by play coverage of that game.  The Skins are 3-8, while the Giants aren’t much better at 4-7, after having lost their first six games.

Also Thanksgiving Day, there are two College games of note, that being Mississippi at rival Mississippi State and Texas Tech at Texas.  Both games are due for 7:30PM Kickoffs.  A number of other games will be slated for Friday in the College Ranks.