If you’re hosting a Thanksgiving dinner party this year and are scrambling to think of ways to keep your guests out of the kitchen while you prepare a Thanksgiving feast, send them to the living room to watch Thanksgiving football games on DISH. The Thanksgiving 2012 NFL schedule promises some exciting football action that should keep your guests entertained for several hours on America’s favorite holiday. If you’re any kind of football fan, you know the NFL traditionally hosts Thanksgiving football games in Detroit and Dallas, and since 2006, there’s been a Thursday night game played at different locations.
This year, the New York Jets will host the evening game. Here’s what grid iron fans have to look forward to this Thanksgiving:
At 12:30 on CBS, the Houston Texans will play the Detroit Lions. After week ten, the Texans are clearly the NFL’s best team. Sunday’s victory against the Chicago Bears leaves the Texans with a record of 9-1 and a plus-107 point differential, second only to the Bears’ plus-109; and except for maybe the game against the New England Patriots in week 14, the Texans are expected to continue winning. This season, the Lions are just too erratic and their offense is not sound, so a win against the Texans is highly unlikely. The Texans are strong—their offense, defense and special teams are all doing well. With a powerful offense, determined defense and excellent special teams, it seems there’s no stopping the Houston Texans (so far) this season.
At 4:15 on FOX, the Washington Redskins will face the Dallas Cowboys. In Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas QB Tony Romo threw two touchdown passes to keep Dallas even through three quarters. The Cowboys then let their special teams and defense run wild in the end zone to clinch a big win and return some life to the NFC East. With Dwayne Harris’ 78-yard punt return TD and Brandon Carr’s returned interception of 47 yards, the Cowboys ended up on top of the Eagles 38-23, putting them in second place in the NFC East, right behind the New York Giants, who lost to Cincinnati earlier in the day.
Playing their next five of six games at home, the Cowboys could be propelled back into the division race. The Redskins (3-6), currently with a three game losing streak against the Cowboys, have the rookie Robert Griffin III at QB to keep this game interesting. With an underrated defense, the Redskins are sure to make this longtime rivalry a real nail biter. Will the unpredictable, sometimes-shaky Tony Romo pull off a fourth straight win against the Redskins of Washington D.C.? Tune in to FOX on Thanksgiving Day to find out!
At 8:20 p.m. EST on the NFL Network (channel 154), the New England Patriots will play the New York Jets. Few rivalries can match the intensity of this long-running grid iron battle of AFC East foes, with both teams finishing in the top 2 for the Division for the past three years. The Jets’ (4-6) Sunday loss to the Seattle Seahawks most likely ruined Mark Sanchez’ 26th birthday and definitely ruined any chance for this team to win over fans’ respect and admiration. If the Jets play as they have all season, the Patriots won’t even break a sweat on Thanksgiving, and Jets fans will have to enjoy their turkey day feast while choking back the tears. It looks like it’s time to give Jets QB Tim Tebow a chance, Coach Ryan!
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