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PremierLeague-News.Com - For a few years now, the bird on the table hasn't been the only turkey served up on Thanksgiving.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! "For a few years now, the bird on the table hasn't been the only turkey served up on Thanksgiving. The fourth Thursday of November is synonymous with football, but the US national holiday to commemorate the coming together of the pilgrims and Native Americans has not managed to bring together potential play-off teams too often in recent seasons.When the slate for this year was confirmed, that didn't seem likely to change and, yet, if the season were to end today, five of the six teams on show would be preparing for the postseason.The lone exception? The Detroit Lions, who will welcome the Buffalo Bills in the first of the day's three games.Apart from four seasons during World War Two, Detroit has staged one of these holiday fixtures since all the way back in 1934, losing more often than not including reverses in each of the last five years.Without a title in 65 years – a championship that predates the Super Bowl – and owners of the League’s longest Play-Off victory drought, such losing streaks are, of course, nothing new to the Lions.But having come into this campaign with raised expectations – benefitting from both a 3-3 finish to last year and the usual 'Hard Knocks' buzz – the typically sub-par 1-6 start for Dan Campbell's men had led to speculation that the second-year head coach's seat could be getting warm.Now, though, they – along with the fancied San Francisco 49ers – boast the longest winning streaks in the NFC.This is the first time in five years that the Lions have won three-in-a-row – a run that coincidentally ended with a Thanksgiving loss to the Minnesota Vikings – and this is a young team that seems to be figuring things out as they go, with highly-touted rookie Aidan Hutchinson increasingly making an impact.Their win on the road against the New York Giants last week was, without doubt, their most impressive of the year and even at 4-6 they are not out of the mix for the Play-Offs, with four of their last seven games coming against teams with four or fewer wins.They are still ten-point underdogs against the Bills, a side that were the 'home' team in Detroit's stadium just last week after their game with Cleveland was moved due to heavy snow in western New York.Josh Allen and co. will naturally expect to retake the lead in the AFC East before the Miami Dolphins host the Houston Texans on Sunday but, what earlier in the season would have felt like a foregone conclusion, could still showcase the improvements occurring in the Motor City of late to a national audience.Game of the Week: New York Giants @ Dallas CowboysThe Cowboys haven't looked as good all season as they did in thumping the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night. Indeed, no team has looked as good all season as they did in thumping the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night.Such was the level of dominance in what had appeared the toughest game of the week to call, that owner-cum-president-cum general manager Jerry Jones is positively giddy over the chances of a first Super Bowl since the 1990s and the days of 'The Triplets'.“A resounding yes. Yes. Unequivocally,” Jones told reporters Sunday. “I think we've had adversity. We very easily could have more adversity.“But I sure do think that what I see out here right now is the team like that, you could go get a Super Bowl with.”Of course, the Cowboys still trail the Eagles by two games in the division and are tied with the New York Giants ahead of this Thanksgiving Thursday meeting.
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.Quote of the Week“This...is not OK. Straight up, it is not OK. How many total yards did we have? That's...not going to fly. We got the dudes. It’s time to be consistent. It’s time to win the games we should win."Stat of the WeekAfter his showing in Kansas City's SNF victory over division rival Chargers, Travis Kelce now has the most games with 100+ receiving yards (33) by a tight end in NFL history having broken a tie with Rob Gronkowski.Player I Wish I'd Drafted in Fantasy This Week: Davante AdamsAfter hauling in just one catch for three yards in the Raiders' horrendous shut-out loss to New Orleans Saints at the end of last month, Davante Adams has been on a tear befitting one of the League's very best players. In his first year without Aaron Rodgers as his quarterback, the reunion with his college QB Derek Carr has been far from smooth out in the desert, but Adams has been back to his best through November even if the team still only boasts a 3-7 record.Over the past three games, against the Jaguars, Colts and Broncos, Adams has accounted for 26 catches, 413 yards and five touchdowns, with his last reception an over-time walk off winner against Denver.He won't figure to be left as open as he was last weekend when the Raiders meet the Seahawks on Sunday but, in this mood, Adams cannot be covered.Thursday Night Football: New England Patriots @ Minnesota VikingsThe third game of the Thanksgiving triple-header is another intriguing game, with Minnesota needing to show they are the team that went toe-to-toe with the Buffalo Bills two weeks ago and not the one that was out of it by half-time in a humbling loss to the Cowboys just seven days on.Kirk Cousins was harassed throughout against Dallas while Justin Jefferson was rendered a non-factor in a game when the Vikings could not stop Troy Pollard.New England are naturally not the force they were for the better part of two decades and are struggling mightily on offence but against the Jets last weekend Bill Belichick again showed what he can do with only defence and special teams.Mac Jones is playing himself out of the plan for the future in Foxboro but, as of today, the Patriots would be the AFC's sixth seed." ,"isAccessibleForFree": "True" }
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