After or while you eat your turkey and whatever else is on your Thanksgiving meal plan, there will be football. It’s been that way for years, as people wind down from the crazy week of travel and preparing, they turn on their TV’s for the Cowboys and Lions games.
This year is no different, as some of Texas high school’s very own are out there once again, for the entertainment of all.
Minnesota At Detroit
The Vikings have begun to be seen as the NFC North favorite and a force to be reckoned with in the NFL. None of that would be possible without the star-studded defense, which has former Texas athletes abound. Starting at safety, Anderson Sandejo (Smithson Valley) and at defensive end Danielle Hunter (Katy Morton Ranch). They’ve got backup Brian Robison of Splendora as well, but the offensive side has been the surprise this year. Abilene’s very own Case Keenum has taken his chance as starter for Minnesota and run with it. He’s helped them to an 8-2 record.
One of those two losses – The Detroit Lions. Detroit has plenty of Texans on the roster, the most recognizable is Matt Stafford. The quarterback from Highland Park is having a great year with 2,760 yards, 19 touchdowns and only five interceptions through 10 games. Defensively, the Lions have struggled. Ranked No. 23 in the league in yards allowed per game, Texans Quandre Diggs, Kerry Hyder, A’Shawn Robinson and D.J. Hayden all have some work to do. If Minnesota is able to expose the weak Detroit defense, they may be able to start their plans to hand the NFC North banners.
Los Angeles At Dallas
The Cowboys could be in trouble. Its quarterback hasn’t been great in recent games, and it’s going to come down to one group being better to help. The receivers, Dez Bryant (Lufkin), Cole Beasley (Little Elm) and Terrence Williams (Dallas W.T. White) all need to step it up. It’s not that they have played poorly, but if Dak Prescott can rely on them to make plays after the catch, he may take less sacks.
For the Chargers, they have their own five Texans who will look to come home and steal one away on Thanksgiving. On offense, Russell Okung will have his work cut out for him against a Dallas defense with 28 sacks on the year. Defensively, the Chargers have a few backups who hail from the Lone Star State. Damion Square and Adrian Phillips will each look to pressure the Cowboy offense that has one touchdown in two games.
New York At Washington
The Giants are coming off a huge win over Kansas City. They will look to take advantage of the short week to shock the Redskins. A healthy Giant team would have a few defensive players on roster from Texas. But injuries and free agency have removed most from the roster. The most prominent would be Davis Webb, should he be needed at the quarterback position.
Washington has some guys from Texas themselves. Nick Rose, Josh Doctosn, Semaje Perine and Trent Williams will all look to step up the Redskin offense. Washington is not out of the playoffs just yet, but a loss would almost certainly eliminate it.
Defensively, Ziggy Hood is all alone in the Texas bloodline but has had a good year. The Redskins and Giants are the last game of the day, kicking off at 7:3o p.m.
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