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Thanksgiving Pre-Gamin’: Vikings at Lions, Chargers at Cowboys, Giants at Redskins – Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Pre-Gamin'

Thanksgiving and professional football have gone hand-in-hand since 1920 when the Chicago Tigers and Decatur Staleys – who you might know better as the team that became the Chicago Bears in 1921 – squared off in a barn-burner. Dutch Sternaman kicked field goals of unknown distances in the third and fourth quarters in a 6-0 win for the Staleys.


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Seriously, Pro Football Reference has the box score right here.

Fast forward to 2017 where Turkey Day and the NFL go hand-in-hand-in-hand … at least, they have since 2006 when the league started playing three games on this day.

Happy Thanksgiving to all! Here’s to consuming all the turkey, sides, desserts, and football your heart (and stomach) desires.

Game Info

  1. Minnesota Vikings (8-2) at Detroit Lions (6-4) – 11:30 a.m., FOX
  2. Los Angeles Chargers (4-6) at Dallas Cowboys (5-5) – 3:30 p.m., CBS
  3. New York Giants (2-8) at Washington Redskins (4-6) – 7:30 p.m., NBC

Odds

  1. Vikings -2.5, Over/Under 44.5
  2. Chargers -2, Over/Under 47.5
  3. Redskins -7, Over/Under 45

Game Thread

Your game thread is down in the comments, so let’s have some good, clean (safe-for-work) fun. It’s Thanksgiving, after all.

Coaches

  1. Vikings Mike Zimmer (34-24) versus Lions Jim Caldwell (59-47 overall, 33-25 with Detroit)
  2. Chargers Anthony Lynn (4-6) versus Cowboys Jason Garrett (63-51)
  3. Giants Ben McAdoo (13-13) versus Redskins Jay Gruden (25-32-1)

Key Players – Vikings at Lions

  • MIN QB Case Keenum – 2,194 passing yards, 12 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, 93.7 passer rating

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  • MIN RB Latavius Murray – 412 rushing yards, 4 touchdowns
  • MIN WR Adam Thielen – 62 catches, 916 receiving yards, 3 touchdowns
  • MIN FS Harrison Smith – 3 interceptions, 1.5 sacks, 8 passes defended
  • MIN K Kai Forbath – 23 field goals made, 26 attempts (88.5%)
  • DET QB Matthew Stafford – 2,760 yards, 19 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, 98.4 passer rating
  • DET RB Ameer Abdullah – 491 rushing yards, 4 total touchdowns
  • DET WR Golden Tate – 59 catches, 691 receiving yards, 3 touchdowns
  • DET CB Darius Slay – 4 interceptions, 15 passes defended
  • DET K Matt Prater – 21 field goals made, 24 attempts (87.5%)

Key Players – Chargers at Cowboys

  • LAC QB Philip Rivers – 2,514 passing yards, 17 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, 89.6 passer rating
  • LAC RB Melvin Gordon – 633 rushing yards, 9 total touchdowns
  • LAC WR Keenan Allen – 56 catches, 755 yards, 3 touchdowns
  • LAC DE Joey Bosa – 10.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles
  • LAC DE/OLB Melvin Ingram – 8.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 2 recovered fumbles, 1 touchdown
  • DAL QB Dak Prescott – 2,139 passing yards, 16 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, 89.8
  • DAL RB Alfred Morris – 260 yards, 0 touchdowns
  • DAL WR Dez Bryant – 50 catches, 541 receiving yards, 4 touchdowns
  • DAL TE Jason Witten – 43 catches, 485 receiving yards, 3 touchdowns
  • DAL DE Demarcus Lawrence – 11.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 2 recovered fumbles

Key Players – Giants at Redskins

  • NYG QB Eli Manning – 2,298 passing yards, 14 touchdowns, 6 interceptions, 87.0 rating
  • NYG RB Orleans Darkwa – 489 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns
  • NYG TE Evan Engram – 41 catches, 452 receiving yards, 5 touchdowns
  • NYG WR Sterling Shepard – 38 catches, 475 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
  • NYG DE Jason Pierre-Paul – 4.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles
  • NYG CB Janoris Jenkins – 2 interceptions 1 touchdown
  • WAS QB Kirk Cousins – 2,796 passing yards, 17 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, 101.8 rating
  • WAS RB Samaje Perine – 327 rushing yards, 2 total touchdowns
  • WAS WR Jamison Crowder – 39 catches, 420 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns
  • WAS TE Vernon Davis – 33 catches, 527 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
  • WAS LB Ryan Kerrigan – 7 sacks, 1 interception, 1 touchdown, 2 forced fumbles
  • WAS FS D.J. Swearinger – 3 interceptions, 7 passes defended, 1 sack

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Luis Medina

Luis is the Lead Writer at The Ten-Yard Line, and you can find him on Twitter at @lcm1986.