NFL Football and Thanksgiving-induced food comas go so well together. And thanks to a particularly fine schedule this year, you’ll have even more reason to fight off the itis than you did back when the Lions didn’t have a team worth watching. So sit back and enjoy the pigskin festivities with us, knowing that we at TSS are probably in the exact same position as you: knocked out on the couch, TV on, laptop open.
Texans at Lions (12:30 PM EST, CBS): Detroit isn’t exactly where it was a year ago, but blame their 4-6 record on playing in what might be the toughest division in football (combined record for NFC North teams: 24-16) rather than a regression. Calvin Johnson and co. definitely have what it takes to put the heat on the rest of the NFC; a win against 9-1 Houston, at home on their most well-known stage would be a great way to usher in a come-from-behind second half run.
Redskins at Cowboys (4:15 PM EST, FOX): So many story lines to discuss, the most interesting being RGIII’s first game in Dallas. Cleveland’s Brandon Weeden put a scare in the Cowboys last weekend, so the prospect of Griffin stepping on the field should downright frighten Jason Garrett. At the very least, expect some offensive fireworks; would it really surprise anybody if the Redskins quarterback put on a show for the whole country to see?
Patriots at Jets (8:20 PM EST, NBC): End your day with this AFC East showdown and rejoice in the fact we get a primetime Thanksgiving game on basic cable instead of the NFL network. This storied rivalry will captivate and… eh, f*ck it. New England slaughtered the Colts last weekend, and even without Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots should find little problem in dropping point after point on one of the most dysfunctional teams in the league. Still, Rex Ryan teams are as unpredictable as they come, so this game will provide the perfect amount of entertainment to cap your holiday.