NFL on Thanksgiving: Cowboys lead Giants in NFC East; The Bills beat the Lions




The Dallas Cowboys used a big second half to beat the New York Giants and secure second place in the NFC East — and perhaps the late-season services of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

The Buffalo Bills won in Detroit for the second time this week but watched the superstar outrun rusher Von Miller as he was knocked out of the game with a knee injury.

So he went through the first two thirds of the NFL’s Thanksgiving roster better than usual.

It was a fruitful era for the Cowboys. They scored their first 21 points of the second half to win, 28-20, in Arlington, TX.

The Cowboys, at 8-3, are a game ahead of the Giants, 1½ behind the leading Philadelphia Eagles. Dallas swept the Giants in the season series and won the team’s first Thanksgiving meeting since 1992.

“This is what this team can do when we focus more and finish the way we can,” Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott said after the game.

The victory may have given the Cowboys an advantage in trying to sign Beckham as a free agent. The outstanding receiver is nearing his comeback from the anterior cruciate ligament tear in his left knee that he suffered in the Super Bowl while playing for the Los Angeles Rams. The Cowboys and Giants are believed to be among the teams under consideration by Beckham. If he wants to get on the team that gives him the best chance of another Super Bowl appearance, the Cowboys looked closer Thursday than the Giants did.

Depleted by injuries to the linebacker and all along their offensive line, the Giants nonetheless managed a 13-7 halftime lead. They had a pair of first half interceptions of passes by Prescott. But the Cowboys dominated with two third-quarter touchdown passes from Prescott to tight end Dalton Schultz and a fourth-quarter touchdown run from tight end Peyton Hendershot. The Giants caught a touchdown with eight seconds left to make it a one-point game. But the Cowboys recovered an onside kick and ran out the clock.

The main game came with the Giants trailing, 14-13, in the third quarter. They picked a fourth punt and one from their own 45-yard line. Tailback Saquon Barkley slotted into the right flat for what should have been a first down. But quarterback Daniel Jones’ pass was a little low and somewhat behind Barkley – still easy to reach but somewhat off target. Barkley couldn’t catch. The Cowboys had the ball and moved 44 yards for the second Prescott touchdown to Schultz and a 21-13 advantage.

“We just took over the game,” Prescott said. “This is what we can do, built on the second half. We have to look forward and keep growing.”

The Giants lost two straight games and three of their last four games to fall to 7-4. They still surpassed the accomplishments in Brian DaPaul’s rookie season as the NFL’s head coach. But things are starting to fall apart a bit.

Playing at Ford Field was nice to the Bills. second. Although hardly this time. They rushed the court in the dying seconds of the game to make a field goal that beat the Detroit Lions, 28-25, in the opening game of the day.

The Bills won in Detroit for the second time in a five-day period to improve their record to 8-3, and put them within a half game against the Miami Dolphins for first place in the AFC East. They ended a two-game losing streak with a victory there Sunday over the Cleveland Browns in a game the NFL moved from Orchard Park, N.Y., to Ford Field due to a massive blizzard in western New York.

“I mean, short week, coming off of what happened last week, here playing two straight games — there was a lull in that second half,” Bills quarterback Josh Allen said on CBS after Thursday’s victory. “The guys kept fighting. Proud of our defense for stepping up. We got it.” [wide receiver Stefon Diggs] Going. …those are hard to beat. They take a lot from you. But I’m proud of our men, the effort we’ve made, and the resilience we have.”

The victory could prove costly for the Bills, as Miller left the game with a knee injury. And it came out on the same day that the Bills welcomed back Tre’Davious White; He played for the first time since tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the Thanksgiving game last season.

The Bills are no longer like the dominant Super Bowl favorites they were early in the season. Their performances were mixed while Allen was playing with an elbow injury. That continued Thursday. The Lions had their chances all day. They tied the game at 25 on a 51-yard field goal by kicker Michael Badgley with 23 seconds remaining.

But the Bills can still count on Allen throwing the ball to Diggs. After Badgley’s tying goal, the Bills moved 48 yards in four plays and 21 seconds to a winning 45-yard field goal by kicker Tyler Bass. The drive began with Allen pressing an over the middle pass to Diggs for a 36-yard gain.

“I’d say it’s not me at all,” Diggs said on CBS. “I have the best quarterback in the league. Any time we’re quiet, it’s like his eyes are locked in. He’s focused. I’m trying to be that support system, you know, be his receiver, open up, catch the ball like he always tells me. And that will bring some energy.” You know, get my man go. That’s my man, man. When in doubt, I ride with [No.] 17.”

An Allen-to-Diggs touchdown gave the Bills a 25-22 lead with 2:40 left. But Bass missed the extra point, enabling the Lions to tie the game with a field goal. Detroit’s defense, which ranked last in the NFL, was unable to enter the game into overtime. The Lions’ three-game winning streak ended and fell to 4-7.

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The NFL will stage an unusually attractive set of Thanksgiving games, with five potential teams in the playoffs.

The Buffalo Bills played in Detroit in the early afternoon. The New York Giants met the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas, for an afternoon game. The New England Patriots are in Minneapolis for tonight’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Of those teams, only the Lions are currently placed in the playoffs. And they’ve even been playing Lions-like football lately, going into Thursday’s game with three straight wins.

The NFL declared this the first “John Madden Thanksgiving Celebration”. CBS, Fox, and NBC will broadcast tributes throughout the day to the late Hall of Fame coach, legendary broadcaster, and video game icon. The NFL Foundation will make a $10,000 donation to the youth or high school football program of the player selected as the “Madden Player of the Game” in each of the three games on Thursday. Madden He died in December At the age of 85.

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The Vikings will try to recover from the defeat against the Cowboys. That defeat came one week after their thrilling overtime victory over the Bills at Orchard Park in the most convincing game of the NFL season so far.

The Patriots have won three straight games and five of their past six games to move back into the playoffs. They held the New York Jets to no touchdowns on Sunday and won, 10-3, on a touchdown run on an 84-yard kick return by rookie Marcus Jones with five seconds remaining.

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