Thanksgiving Tradition: Food Family And The NFL

Lets Kick Off Week 12 Of The NFL Season

One of the fondest memories that We have of the holidays is trying to get all the Food in and get the best seat in the living room for the Annual NFL Games. Since 1978, the NFL’s Thanksgiving Day games have traditionally included one game hosted by the Detroit Lions, and one game hosted by the Dallas Cowboys. Since 2006, with the advent of the NFL’s then-new Thursday Night Football package, a third primetime game has also been played on Thanksgiving. Unlike the traditional afternoon games, this game has no fixed host and has featured different teams annually.

Week 11 of this years NFL Season kicks off from Detroit as the Lions host the Chicago Bears at 1230pm, Chicago could be without quarterback Mitchell Trubisky when the first-place Bears visit the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day. The Bears reported Monday evening that Trubisky suffered a right shoulder injury in Sunday night’s 25-20 victory over Minnesota, which gave Chicago a 1 1/2-game lead over the Vikings in the NFC North. Detroit (4-6) is last, one-half game behind Green Bay (4-5-1). If Trubisky cannot go, Chase Daniel will get the start. Daniel, 32, is a career backup who began his career with New Orleans in 2010 and has completed 65.4 percent of his 78 passes with one touchdown and one interception.

The Dallas Cowboys host the rival Washington Redskins in  the 2nd Thanksgiving game and this will be a very tasty matchup for NFL Fans.  Dallas, for the moment at least, has saved its season with back-to-back road wins at Philadelphia and Atlanta. The Cowboys can pull even with Washington for the NFC East lead with a win on Thursday.

And it will be the ninth time the Cowboys have welcomed the Redskins to town on the fourth Thursday in November. Dallas has won seven and lost just once in the previous eight Thanksgiving meetings between the rivals.

The Atlanta Falcons suffered another gut-wrenching loss Sunday, something to which they have grown accustomed — losing on the last play of the game for the third time this season. But there is no time for Matty Ice to worry about that as the Falcons are in New Orleans tonight to take on Drew Beees and the New Orleans Saints at 820pm.

The Saints are 9-1 and have won nine straight after Sunday’s 48-7 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. The Saints beat Atlanta 43-37 in overtime in Week 3.

Atlanta (4-6) cannot afford to lose any of its final six games and have a legitimate shot to make the playoffs. Optimists point out that Green Bay pulled off the same trick two years ago and reached the NFC Championship Game — where they lost to the Falcons. Realists understand a 10-6 record is no guarantee of making the playoffs.

In other games this weekend….

TOP PASSER: New England quarterback TOM BRADY has 79,133 passing yards and 576 touchdown passes in 300 career games, including the postseason.

Brady, who faces the New York Jets (1:00 PM ET, CBS) on Sunday, needs 147 passing yards and four touchdown passes to surpass PEYTON MANNING (79,279 passing yards and 579 touchdown passes) for the most passing yards and touchdown passes in NFL history, including the postseason.

The players with the most passing yards and touchdown passes, including the postseason, in NFL history:

Peyton Manning Indianapolis, Denver 79,279 579
Tom Brady New England 79,133 576

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CONSISTENT COLTS: The INDIANAPOLIS COLTS rank second in the NFL with only 10 sacks allowed this season and have not given up a sack in five consecutive games.

On Sunday against Miami (4:25 PM ET, CBS), Indianapolis can become the fourth team to allow zero sacks in six consecutive games within a single season since 1963 when team sacks became an official statistic.

The teams with the most consecutive games without allowing a sack in a season since 1963:

Miami Dolphins 1988 12
Washington Redskins 1991 8
Miami Dolphins 1989 7
Indianapolis Colts 2018 5*
*Active streak

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SACK MASTERS: Carolina defensive end JULIUS PEPPERS recorded a sack in Week 11 and has 158.5 sacks during his 17-year NFL career.

With two sacks on Sunday against Seattle (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Peppers would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer KEVIN GREENE (160 sacks) for the third-most sacks since 1982 when the individual sack became an official statistic.

The players with the most sacks since 1982:

Bruce Smith^ Buffalo, Washington 200
Reggie White^ Philadelphia, Green Bay, Carolina 198
Kevin Green^ Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh, Carolina, San Francisco 160
Julius Peppers Carolina, Chicago, Green Bay 158.5
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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ROLLING RIVERS: Los Angeles Chargers quarterback PHILIP RIVERS ties for third in the AFC with 23 touchdown passes this season and has thrown for at least 25 touchdowns in 10 consecutive seasons.

Rivers, who faces Arizona on Sunday (4:05 PM ET, FOX), needs two touchdown passes to tie DREW BREES (11 consecutive seasons) for the second-longest streak of seasons with at least 25 touchdown passes in league annals.

The players with the most consecutive seasons with at least 25 touchdown passes in NFL history:

Peyton Manning Indianapolis 1998-2010 13  
Drew Brees New Orleans 2006-16 11  
Philip Rivers Los Angeles Chargers 2008-17* 10*  
*Active streak

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NORTH STAR: Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS has thrown 26 touchdowns against zero interceptions for a 115.6 passer rating in his past 10 games against the NFC North.

Rodgers, who plays at Minnesota on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC), needs three touchdown passes without an interception to have the most consecutive touchdowns without an interception by a player against any division since 2002.

The players with the most consecutive touchdowns without an interception against any division since 2002:

Aaron Rodgers Green Bay vs. NFC North 2013-15 28
Drew Brees New Orleans vs. NFC North 2009-14 28
Aaron Rodgers Green Bay vs. NFC North 2016-present 26*
*Active streak

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TOUCHDOWN BROWN: Pittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN ties for the league-lead with 11 touchdown receptions in 2018 and has recorded at least one touchdown catch in eight consecutive games.

With a touchdown reception on Sunday at Denver (4:25 PM ET, CBS), Brown would tie Pro Football Hall of Famer LANCE ALWORTH (nine consecutive games in 1963) andA.J. GREEN (nine consecutive games in 2012) for the third-longest streak of games with a touchdown catch within a single season in NFL history.

The players with the most consecutive games with a touchdown reception within a single season in NFL history:

Jerry Rice^ San Francisco 1987 12  
Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch^ Los Angeles Rams 1951 10  
A.J. Green Cincinnati 2012 9  
Lance Alworth^ San Diego 1963 9  
Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 2018 8*  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Active streak

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THREE FOR THOMAS: New Orleans wide receiver MICHAEL THOMAS ranks second in the NFL in receptions (82) and third in receiving yards (1,042) this season. Thomas has 278 catches for 3,424 yards and 22 touchdowns in 41 games during his three-year NFL career.

A look at Michael Thomas’ first three NFL seasons with New Orleans:

2016 92 1,137 9
2017 104 1,245 5
2018 82* 1,042* 8*
Totals 278 3,424 22
*Entering Week 12

Thomas can continue the record-setting beginning to his NFL career on Thanksgiving against Atlanta (8:20 PM ET, NBC):

  • With 58 receiving yards, Thomas would join ODELL BECKHAM, JR. (2014-16) and Pro Football Hall of FamerRANDY MOSS (1998-2000) as the only players in league history to record at least 1,100 receiving yards in each of their first three seasons.
  • With eight receptions, Thomas would join ODELL BECKHAM, JR. (2014-16) as the only players in league annals to record at least 90 catches in each of their first three seasons.
  • With 11 catches, Thomas would surpass ODELL BECKHAM, JR. (288 receptions) and JARVIS LANDRY(288) for the most receptions by a player in his first three seasons in NFL history.

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MAGIC MIKE: Tampa Bay wide receiver MIKE EVANS leads the Buccaneers with 957 receiving yards this season.

Evans, who plays against San Francisco on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX), can join Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (six consecutive seasons) and A.J. GREEN (five consecutive seasons) as the only players in NFL history with at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of their first five seasons.

The players with the most consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards to begin their careers:

Randy Moss^ Minnesota 1998-2003 6  
A.J. Green Cincinnati 2011-15 5  
Mike Evans Tampa Bay 2014-17 4*  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Has 957 receiving yards in fifth season

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