Cowboys, Giants meet as push for Odell Beckham Jr. intensifies
Thursday's game between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants might be the Beckham Bowl. They are among the teams to have an interest in adding free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for the stretch run as he comes back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in the Super Bowl. The Cowboys have not been shy about their recruiting efforts, and Dak Prescott said he has exchanged messages with Beckham.
NFL Thanksgiving Games: History, traditions and best moments
Thanksgiving Day to sports fans is as much about football as it is about the traditional turkey dinner. From high school football in the morning to watching the afternoon game on TV as dinner starts, this tradition is as old as time. Well, almost as old as time.The Detroit Lions have played at home on Thanksgiving every year since 1934 except when games were paused from 1939 to 1944 during World War II. The annual holiday tradition expanded to add a home game for the Dallas Cowboys in the 1960s. These franchises -- and their fans only know football on Thanksgiving. In 2006, the NFL added a third game with no specific host team to the prime-time window.
The Cowboys first played on Thanksgiving in 1966, beating the Cleveland Browns 26-14 at the Cotton Bowl. General manager Tex Schramm wanted more national publicity for the Cowboys -- this was before they were known as America's Team -- and thought the holiday game made perfect sense. The NFL was a bit worried, however, and guaranteed the Cowboys a certain amount of gate revenue. Some 80,259 fans showed up and a tradition was born. The Cowboys have played on every Thanksgiving Day since -- except in 1975 and 1977.
Given how long the series has lasted, it's not a surprise that the Lions have the most wins and losses on Thanksgiving Day. But two other teams that frequent the holiday tradition are the Bears and Packers.
Detroit: (37-43-2) Dallas: (31-22-1)
Green Bay (14-14-2)
CeeDee Lamb could only smile when officials upheld an out-of-bounds call on what the Dallas receiver hoped would be a touchdown on his second one-handed catch of the game. He had to settle for setting up three TDs instead. The victory ended a three-game Thanksgiving losing streak for the Cowboys (8-3), who moved a game ahead of the Giants in the NFC East while sweeping the season series. Philadelphia (9-1) leads the division. Dallas, the NFL leader in sacks coming in, dropped Daniel Jones three times while limiting him to 14 yards rushing after he ran for first downs seven times in the first meeting, a 23-16 Dallas win. Saquon Barkley was held to 39 yards rushing with a 1-yard TD behind a makeshift offensive line missing three starters because of injury in New York's third loss in the past four games.
Week 1: Aug. 13 at Denver L Journeymen Josh Johnson leads Broncos' backups past Cowboys 17-7
Johnson, who's 36 years old and playing for his 14th NFL team, threw a pair of first-half touchdown passes. Cooper Rush got the start for Dallas and was 12 of 20 for 84 yards and an interception. Broncos QB Russell Wilson sat this one out along with Cowboys QB Dak Prescott.
Week 2: Aug 20 at Los Angeles Chargers W Ka'Vontae Turpin has kickoff, punt return TD's: Cowboys beat Chargers 32-18
The Dallas wide receiver became the first player in nine seasons to have kickoff and punt return touchdowns in the same game. the last player to run back a punt and kickoff in the same game — preseason, regular season or playoffs was Detroit's Jeremy Ross on Dec. 8, 2013, against Philadelphia.
Week 1: Sept. 11 vs. Tampa Bay L Brady, Buds throttle Cowboys 19-3 as Prescott injures hand
Tom Brady and Mike Evans connected on a punctuating touchdown, Leonard Fournette ran for 127 yards. - A rough night for Prescott got worse after his right hand struck a defender when throwing a pass in the fourth quarter.
Week 2: Sept. 18 vs. Cincinnati W Maher lifts Rush, Cowboys over Burrow, Bengals, 20-17
Brett Maher kicked a 50-yard field goal as time expired. Rush is now 2-0 as an NFL starter. The Cowboys sacked Burrow six times in the first three quarters. The Bengals are the first defending AFC champion to start 0-2 since Denver.
Week 3: Sept. 26 at New York Giants W Lamb's 1-handed TD catch gives Dallas 23-16 win over Giants
Lamb finished with eight catches for 87 yards, but also dropped a potential 52-yard TD pass. Rush threw for 210 yards. Jones finished 20 of 37 for 196 yards and ran nine times for 79 yards. Barkley finished with 81 yards on 14 carries.
Week 4: Oct. 2 vs. Washington W Backup QB Rush wins again, as Cowboys beat Commanders 25-10
The three Rush-led victories this season for the Cowboys (3-1) have been the defending NFC East champs lost their opener to Tampa Bay. Washington outgained Dallas 297 yards to 279 but had several promising drives stalled by penalties, and flags
Week 5: Oct. 9 at Los Angeles Rams W Dominant D puts Cowboys past Rams 22-10 for 4th straight win
The Cowboys' impressive start to the season without Dak Prescott is also very real and not even the defending Super Bowl champions could slow them down. Cooper Rush remained unbeaten as the Cowboys' fill-in starter despite passing for just 102 yards
Week 6: Oct. 16 at Philadelphia L Eagles improve to 6-0, Hurts key in 26-17 win over Cowboys
Jalen Hurts threw for 155 yards and two touchdowns, C.J. Gardner-Johnson had two of Philadelphia's three interceptions. Rush threw two interceptions in the first half that led to 10 points for the Eagles
Week 7: Oct. 23 vs. Detroit W Cowboys lean on defense in Prescott's return, top Lions 24-6
Dallas touchdowns, starting with Trevon Diggs third interception of the season on a diving play inside the Dallas 20 with the Lions leading 6-3. Jared Goff was responsible for four other Detroit turnovers with two interceptions and two fumbles.
Week 8: Oct. 30 vs. Chicago W Cowboys' Prescott, Parsons rumble to 49-29 win over Bears
Prescott threw for two touchdowns and ran for another score, and Tony Pollard had 131 yards rushing and a career-best three touchdowns. Parsons scored his first TD. Fields threw for two touchdowns and ran for a score for Chicago (3-5).
Week 9: Nov. 7 Bye
Week 10: Nov. 13 at Green Bay L Rogers rally Packers past McCarthy's Cowboys 31-28 in OT
Rodgers threw three touchdown passes to rookie Christian Watson. Watson caught four passes for 107 yards against Dallas, including touchdowns of 58, 39 and 7 yards. Dallas’ CeeDee Lamb finished with 11 catches for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Pollard ran for 115 yards and a score. Prescott went 27 of 46 for 265 yards, three TDs and two interceptions.
Week 11: Nov. 20 at Minnesota W Cowboys crush Vikings' 7-game win streak with 40-3 romp
Tony Pollard had two touchdown catches for a career-high 189 yards from scrimmage. Ezekiel Elliott rushed for two scores. Brett Maher made four field goals, including a 60-yarder for Dallas - Vikings Cousin went 12 for 23 for 105 yards. Justin Jefferson, coming off a career-high 193 receiving yards against the Bills, had 33 yards on three catches
Week 12: Nov. 24 vs. New York Giants W Lamb sets table on Thanksgiving as Cowboys beat Giants 28-20
Lamb finished with six catches for 106 yards. Elliott had a season-high 92 yards rushing. Dallas pass-rushing star Micah Parsons had his sixth two-sack game of the season, accounting for all of his team-leading 12. - Giants Saquon Barkley was held to 39 yards rushing with a 1-yard TD
Week 13: Dec. 4 vs. Indianapolis Week 14: Dec. 11 vs. Houston Week 15: Dec. 18 at Jacksonville Week 16: Dec. 24 vs. Philadelphia Week 17: Dec. 29 at Tennessee Week 18: Jan. 7 or 8 at Washington
Giants-Cowboys most-watched NFL regular-season game on record
The Thanksgiving afternoon game between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys set the mark for the most-watched NFL regular-season game on record. The Cowboys' 28-20 victory on Fox averaged 42 million viewers, according to Nielsen, surpassing the 41.55 million average for the Dec. 3, 1990, Monday night game between the Giants and San Francisco 49ers on ABC. Average viewer record numbers date to 1988. The average viewership for the three Thanksgiving Day games Thursday was 33.5 million, surpassing the previous high of 32.9 million in 1993, when two games were aired.The average was also up 6% over last year's average of 31.6 million.
Giants, Cowboys or Bills: Where will Odell Beckham Jr. land?
The Odell Beckham Jr. derby is heating up, with the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants believed to be at the front of the pack. But don't count out the Buffalo Bills. Beckham is scheduled to meet with the Bills on Friday, though the Giants and the Cowboys seem most likely to land the coveted free agent. The two division rivals are pitted against one another off the field after the Cowboys dominated the Giants in the second half on Thanksgiving. Beckham is believed to be close to full health after tearing the ACL in his left knee in the Super Bowl win with the Los Angeles Rams in February. It has been nine months since the injury, and he's expected to sign with a new team in the next few weeks.