On the fourth Thursday of November, Thanksgiving Day in the United States, we play a little more American football than usual. Instead of the traditional Thursday night game, three meetings were on the schedule to begin the 12th day of the NFL’s regular season.
The Buffalo Bills were the first to win, at the Detroit Lions (28-25). The Michigan franchise, riding a three-game winning streak, thought they had done the hard part, tying the game with a three-pointer with 23 seconds left. But, after a nice pass from Josh Allen to Stefon Diggs, Buffalo found itself in good position to attempt a field goal on the turn, and Tyler Bass didn’t back down and gave his team the win. Only downside: Von Miller, the Bills linebacker, is injured in the right knee.
The New York Giants in slow motion
A little later, the Dallas Cowboys won at home against the New York Giants (28-20). At halftime, the Texans led 13-7, but then scored three TDs to pass (28-13). Micah Parsons, the young (23) and talented linebacker from Dallas, shut down Daniel Jones, the New York quarterback, for two sacks. Giants running back Saquon Barkley, one of the best quarterbacks of the season, was limited to 39 yards. Graham Gano, New York’s kicker, was highlighted himself by making a 57-yard field goal early in the game. The Giants are marking time after a good start. They have lost three of their last four games.
The Minnesota Vikings, who were rectified by the Cowboys last Sunday, responded well and beat the New England Patriots (33-26). Mac Jones (24), the QB from New England, managed the best game of his young career yet, with a gain of 382 yards. And Dalvin Cook, the running back from Minnesota, could only gain 42 yards. But the Vikings were able to rely on Justin Jefferson, their outstanding receiver, who collected 139 yards and scored a touchdown. Round 12 will continue on Sunday.