The NFL teams on the Thanksgiving schedule all lose
The NFL teams that were ready to play on Thanksgiving may have been caught looking forward to the holiday extravaganza.
All six teams playing on Thursday lost in the run-up to the Thanksgiving game, the first time since 2001 that every team playing on the holiday lost their previous competition.
At the time, there were only two Thanksgiving games, with Detroit hosting Green Bay and Dallas hosting Denver.
This year, six teams — Detroit, Chicago, Las Vegas, Dallas, New Orleans, and Buffalo — are looking to weed out bad taste of losing so they can enjoy their vacation. Four of those are at long distances without a win for at least three games.
Detroit (0-9-1) host Chicago (3-7) in Game One, a game between a team they haven’t won and another in a five-game losing streak. Bears and lions are familiar foes at Thanksgiving with this being their 19th encounter, shy of the record held by Detroit and Green Bay.
That match will be followed by the retreating Raiders (5-5), who lost three in a row, and the visiting Cowboys (7-3), who lost two of three.
The Cup of the Night features another team on a three-game slip, with New Orleans (5-5) hosting Buffalo (6-4).
The last two Thanksgiving games are part of nine records this week among teams with no losing record, the most in NFL history in Week 12 or later.
The Arizona Cardinals became road warriors in the NFL.
The Cardinals have won all six road games this season, with each victory coming by at least 10 points. The last team to do so was the Cowboys in 1968 when they won all seven road games they played that season in double digits.
Arizona is off this week but could match the mark the following week in Chicago.
playing from the front
The Minnesota Vikings were talented at playing the lead.
The Vikings are the 20th team in the Super Bowl era to lead each of their first 10 games by at least seven points. Despite having that kind of protection in every game, Minnesota is still only 5-5 on the season.
The other 19 teams that did so combined for a win percentage of just 0.816 with only the 2015 Giants, 1987 Dolphins and 1967 Giants failing to set a record. Those three teams were also 5-5.
Minnesota could become the 17th team to do so in this week’s first 11 games against San Francisco.
Jonathan Taylor and Austin Eckler had days to remember Sunday.
Taylor scored five touchdown points for the Molts, while Eckler entered the finish zone four times for a Charger, marking the seventh time since 1950 that multiple players scored at least four points on the same day. The last time it happened was on November 18, 2007, when Randy Moss and Terrell Owens did it.
Taylor is in an eight-game streak with at least 100 yards of scrimmage and a TD run, matching the one-season record set by LaDainian Tomlinson in 2006. Lydell Mitchell also had eight straight games over two seasons from 1975-76.
Ekeler was the ninth player in the Super Bowl era to have had at least two TD catches and two TD catches in the same game. The last thing he did before Ekeler was Maurice Jones Drew for Jacksonville against Tampa Bay in 2011.
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