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Cowboys, Vikings, Bills all feast in Thanksgiving Day wins | Plus, previewing Michigan vs. Ohio State

Cowboys, Vikings, Bills all feast in Thanksgiving Day wins | Plus, previewing Michigan vs. Ohio State


Happy Friday, everyone! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Let’s get right to it.

Good morning to everyone but especially to…

THE DALLAS COWBOYS…

The Cowboys‘ offense has been up and down all year. If the last two weeks are any indication, though, they’re headed in the right direction. Dallas had all aspects of its offense working in a crucial 28-20 victory over the Giants.

  • Dak Prescott overcame two first-half interceptions to throw a pair of touchdowns, both to Dalton Schultz. It was Schultz’s third career multi-touchdown game.
  • CeeDee Lamb had six catches for 106 yards and has gone over 100 yards in two of his last three games after not doing so in any of his first eight games this season.
  • Ezekiel Elliott ran for a season-high 92 yards and a score, and Tony Pollard added 60 more yards on the ground.
  • On defense, Micah Parsons had two sacks. It was his sixth multi-sack game this season, most by any player through his team’s first 11 games (since sacks became official in 1982). 

Both Dallas and New York entered this game 7-3, and not only does the win give the Cowboys a one-game lead over the Giants, but they also own the tiebreaker, having swept the season series.

Just as impressively, the Cowboys reversed a couple of recent trends. They won on Thanksgiving after losing four of their last five on Turkey Day, and they won despite losing the turnover battle by multiple turnovers. Entering Thursday, they had been just 2-14 in those games under Prescott.

… AND ALSO A GOOD MORNING TO THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Better late than never… especially for the Vikings defense. After going nearly two entire games without a sack, the Minnesota pass rush came through late to support a strong offensive performance, and the Vikings bounced back with a 33-26 win over the Patriots.

  • With his team leading by a touchdown late and the Patriots driving, Danielle Hunter got a huge sack on a 3rd and 7. The Patriots would get no closer to the end zone, and Ross Blacklock had another sack late.
  • Kirk Cousins had season highs in passing touchdowns (three) and completion percentage (81.1), with scoring strikes to Justin Jefferson, T.J. Hockenson and Adam Thielen, who caught the game winner early in the fourth quarter.
  • After taking seven sacks in a 40-3 loss to the Cowboys last week, Cousins took just one Thursday. He improves to 11-18 in primetime games in his career.
  • Jefferson passed Randy Moss for most…

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