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No Thanks – Lions And Cowboys Suffer Narrow Thanksgiving Day Defeats

You can probably forgive Lions and Cowboys fans for perhaps thinking that Thanksgiving Day games next year should involve other teams.

Both went down to narrow losses to their opponents, the Lions losing with the last kick of the game, while the Cowboys went down in overtime, in defeats that don’t do anything to change the Detroit Lions season, but which could have a serious impact on Dallas Cowboys hopes of finishing as the top seed in the NFC.

Then in the third game of Thanksgiving, the Buffalo Bills re-found their mojo as they crushed the New Orleans Saints in Louisiana to get back to winning ways and go level on a 7-4 record with the New England Patriots in the AFC East.

Let’s take a closer look at how each of Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day games panned out.

Thanksgiving Day NFL Round Up

Chicago Bears (4-7) 16-14 Detroit Lions (0-10-1)

It was so close but yet so far for the Detroit Lions as they went down to a last gasp defeat

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to divisional rivals the Chicago Bears, with Bears Kicker Cairo Santos icing the win with the go-ahead field goal as time expired.

Andy Dalton passed for 317 yards and a touchdown plus one interception, as the Lions played hard yet again. Darnell Mooney was his main offensive threat with 123 yards receiving from just five catches.

Jared Goff was once again efficient with 21 out of 25 passes completed for 171 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, but it proved to be a fruitless effort as the Lions defense could not keep out the Bears on that final drive.

Indeed, the Bears had the ball for the final eight minutes of the game as they drove downfield, assisted by some very costly penalties against the Lions defense, to kick the game winning field goal.

The win snaps a five-game losing streak for the Bears, but means that the Lions still wait their first win of the season.

Next up, the Bears face the Cardinals a week on Sunday and on the same day the Lions face another divisional opponent in the Minnesota Vikings.

Las Vegas Raiders (6-5) 33-36 Dallas Cowboys (7-4)

Despite seeing Dak Prescott throw for 375 yards and two touchdowns as well as Ezekiel Elliott adding another on the ground, the Dallas Cowboys late comeback against the Las Vegas Raiders proved fruitless with the visitors winning in overtime.

Michael Gallup and Cedric Wilson both had over 100 yards of receiving in the game for the Cowboys but they came up just short as the Raiders landed their first win in four games in Dallas.

Derek Carr threw for 373 yards and a touchdown and Josh Jacobs and Marcus Mariota added another touchdown each on the ground as the Raiders surprised many with a strong showing at the home of the NFC East leaders.

Hunter Renfrow had 134 yards receiving and DeSean Jackson caught 3 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown for the Raiders as they upset the odds to land a win to move to 6-5. A result which brings them back into contention in the AFC East.

After opening up a 27-19 lead in the third quarter, the Raiders were hauled in by a fierce Dallas revival in the fourth quarter where the home team notched up 14 points, compared to two field goals for the Raiders.

At this point, it looked like the momentum was with the Cowboys, but the Raiders benefitted from a fourth defensive pass interference call against Anthony Brown which moved the ball much closer to the Dallas end zone, there then followed a crazy passage where three penalties stopped the kick, one for the Raiders and two for the Cowboys, before Daniel Carlson landed a 29-yard field goal for the win.

Next up for the Cowboys is a key game against the Saints on Thursday Night, while the Raiders host the Washington Football Team a week on Sunday.

Buffalo Bills (7-4) 31-6 New Orleans Saints (5-6)

After being trounced by the Colts last week, the Buffalo Bills got back to winning ways and produced a dominant display against the New Orleans Saints who struggled mightily on offense against a re-invigorated Buffalo Bills defense.

Trevor Siemian threw for just 163 yards, a touchdown and an interception with Lil’Jordan Humphrey gaining the most yards through the air with just 3 receptions for 47 yards.

The Saints had just 44 yards rushing in total for the entire team as the Bills dominated the game.

Josh Allen hit on 23 out of 28 passes for 260 yards and four touchdowns, plus a couple of interceptions and he also rushed for 43 yards. Stefon Diggs caught passes for 74 yards, while Dawson Knox had two touchdowns for 32 yards.

The two interceptions could have proved costly against better opponents, but he Saints could not get their offense going against the Bills and eventually, the Bills led 24-0 and the game was effectively over.

Worryingly for the Bills, they lost Tre’Davious White to injury with the corner’s knee buckling in a worrying way that suggests he could be out for a lengthy period of time.

Next up for the Bills is a crucial game against the Patriots, while the Saints will face the Dallas Cowboys.

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