THE CASUAL’S GUIDE TO TURKEY DAY FOOTBALL 2019

There are three big days in any die hard football fan’s year. Superbowl Sunday, self explanatory. New Year’s Day with the plethora of collegiate bowl games. And thanksgiving day.

By tradition that goes back decades, the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions always host games on Thanksgiving day. In recent years the league maintained its normal schedule, allowing for a Thursday night game. That game is on a normal rotation, no traditional participant.

If you’re reading this as someone who is a very casual football watcher, let us give you some pointers and things to know about the games on Thursday, to help you interact with your drunk Uncle Roger who is on his 4th shot of whiskey that he’s chased with eight Labatt’s.

Or maybe this is your first thanksgiving with your new boyfriend (or girlfriend) and you’re not REALLY a football fan, but the “in laws” totally are, and you’re looking for a cheat sheet.

For whatever reason, feel free to memorize some stuff, or even better, keep You’re Ducking Right saved to your favorites for easy access as you move through the day.

Turkey

Not gonna lie, I’m so excited. Football. Turkey. Wine. What’s not to love? Mounds of mashed potatoes and gravy as far as the eye can see! Beeeee-autiful.

GAME 1: Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions 12:30 EST

This game is on Fox and the Bears are favored by 4 points. This is a divisional match up as the Bears and Lions currently occupy the basement positions in the NFC Central division. Which is to say both teams kinda suck.

Mitch Trubisky

As of Wednesday afternoon there is still a question as to who is starting at quarterback for the Lions. The normal starter, Matt Stafford has been out the last few weeks with a bad back. In his place back up Jeff Driskel has filled the void. But Driskel’s name popped up on the injury report and if he can’t go then former Purdue Boilmaker David Blough will be the man for the Lions.

The Bears should be so lucky. They know who their quarterback is. That’s the good news. The bad news is that its Mitch Trubisky.

This will be a bad game to watch. But a good opportunity to really get your day drinking going. Start off with something light, a nice chardonnay before moving into the bigger bolder reds as the day moves along.

SOME THINGS TO SAY DURING THE GAME TO MAKE IT SOUND LIKE YOU KNOW WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON: 

  • How bad is Bitchell Trubisky sucking today?
  • Is Mack playing well? He’s been quiet this year
  • Is Matt Patricia gone after the year? Belichick assistants never work out.
  • They let Jordan Howard go to give the keys to Montgomery, are they ever going to use him right?
  • How good would Robinson be with a real quarterback?

Game 2: Buffalo Bills at Dallas Cowboys 4:30 EST

A CBS game where the Cowboys are favored by 6.5 points. The Cowboys are fresh off a loss to the Patriots in the most watched regular season game Fox has had since 1996.

Josh Allen

For the Bills, this is a nice test. They’re currently positioned to be the first Wild Card in the AFC with an 8-3 record. They’ve had a relatively easy schedule though, and a road game against the Cowboys on national television will be a big test for the young Bills squad.

They’re lead by their defense. But the offense has the capability of hitting on some big plays when needed. Second year quarterback has a big arm, and some real nice mobility. He’s developed some nice chemistry with receiver John Brown whom the Bills brought in as a free agent this spring.

For the Cowboys, they have the #1 offense in the league. They foundation of their success is their excellent offensive line, and all world running back Ezekiel Elliott. But they do have a outstanding wide receiver in Amari Cooper who was held catchless last week as he was locked down by the Patriot’s stud corner Stephon Gilmore.

This week won’t be a whole lot easier as the Bills have their own outstanding cover man in Tre’devious White. But ‘dem boys will be at home, and after owner Jerry Jones essentially called out head coach Jason Garrett it can be expected that they’ll rely on their bread & butter running game.

SOME THINGS TO SAY DURING THE GAME TO MAKE IT SOUND LIKE YOU KNOW WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON:

  • Do you think they can pry Lincoln Riley away from Oklahoma to replace Garrett?
  • How many times have they shown the ginger clapper clapping today?
  • We know Lamar Jackson is the best QB from the 2018 class, but is Allen ahead of Darnold?
  • I still can’t believe 108 year old Frank Gore is #3 all time in rushing ahead of Barry Sanders. That’s just wrong
  • Vander Esch not being out there isn’t helping the Cowboys cause at all, Sean Lee is over the hill
  • Tremaine Edwards, and Josh Allen? This Bills young core is underrated.

Game 3: New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons 8:20 EST

The Thursday night match up is on NBC where the Saints are 7 point road favorites.

On the surface this should be a blood bath. The Saints are one of the top handful of teams (currently #5 in this week’s NFL POWER RANKINGS ) in the league. Coupled with the fact that the Falcons’ best player Julio Jones is an iffy game time decision. And the fact that the Falcons, for the most part have been awful this year.

Alvin Kamera

But it was just on November 10th in New Orleans where the Falcons upset New Orleans by a score of 26-9, holding the vaunted Saints offense without a touchdown. So the question is, will this be another tough, close, divisional game? Do the Falcons have some sort of magic formula to beat the Saints? Or will this be a revenge game with a market correction where the Saints show the Falcons who’s the boss?

SOME THINGS TO SAY DURING THE GAME TO MAKE IT SOUND LIKE YOU KNOW WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON:

  • How has Dan Quinn not been fired yet?
  • The Saints actually have a defense, can they get another Superbowl ring out of Drew Brees?
  • The Falcons missed their chance blowing that 28-3 lead
  • Hows the Saints line look with Armstead out?
  • Hot damn, Kamara is explosive
  • Jones banged up, Sanu traded away, Hooper out. If I’m Matty Ryan I’m thankful for Calvin Ridley.
  • Is Teddy Bridgewater gonna stick around again, or will he bolt for a starting gig?
  • I’m drunk, who wants to do the Dirty Bird with me?!

So there you have it, a quick little pocket notes version on how to be show off for friends and family during this Turkey day. So grab a drum stick, overdose on yams, try not to drink more than 3 bottles of wine. Its football time!

 

  • Written by Jason Sullivan
  • Find us and follow on Twitter at @TopDucker or on Facebook at You’re Ducking Right

 

 

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