NFL on Thanksgiving Scores & Standings

NFL on Thanksgiving had three entertaining games to make the day interesting from start to finish: Another dramatic win for the Detroit Lions, this time over the Minnesota Vikings; The Dallas Cowboys winning their 10th in a row against an impressive but not-good-enough Washington Redskins; and the Pittsburgh Steelers handling the injured Indianapolis Colts with ease.

Minnesota Vikings (6-5) 13  Detroit Lions (7-4) 16

Lions beat Vikings

The unexplicable magic fourth quarter performances and comebacks from the Detroit Lions and Matthew Stafford continue, this time with two field goals by Matt Prater in the final 1:45. What’s worse for the Vikings, who lose their fifth game in the last six and lose their co-hold on the top spot in the NFC North (now belongs to the Lions) was that after Prater tied the game at 13-13, Sam Bradford threw a terrible intercetpion, which allowed the Lions to clinch it with 0:00 left on the clock. The Lions good-bad-good-bad run that has carried on since 2012 is on the right side of the scales again, even without playing great football. The Vikings offense seemed like it was playing not to lose, taking minimal risk, and leaving an opening for the Lions to come back all the time. Their defense is excellent, but with such an uninspiring offensive effort, helped by an O-line that isn’t working well, all their great work early in the season is being undone.

Washington Redskins (6-4-1) 26  Dallas Cowboys (10-1) 31

Cowboys beat Redskins

A 10th straight win for the Cowboys, who took advantage of two field goal misses by Dustin Hopkins in the first half to enter the break with a 17-6 lead. From there, it was about keeping just out of reach for the Redskins, thanks to Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott both rushing for touchdowns behind an offensive line that continues to maul everything in its way. Elliott also ran for a touchdown in the first half, while Prescott found Terrence Williams for an elegant touchdown catch. Dze Bryant and Josh Norman were at each other’s throat the entire game and after it as well. While Bryant didn’t have any TD receptions, he made big plays with 5 receptions for 72 yards. Kirk Cousins finished with 443 yards and 3 touchdowns, but impressive numbers don’t always win football games, not when the other team control the clocks and seems to score at will whenever there’s a need for it. With the win, the Cowboys are closer to clinching the NFC East, while the Redskins will now probably have to settle for the wild card spot at best.

Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5) 28  Indianapolis Colts (5-6) 7

Steelers beat Colts

Not a very surprising result considering Andrew Luck was out with a concussion. The win puts the Steelers, at least until Sunday, on top of the AFC North, while the Colts’ chances of catching up with the Houston Texans took a hit. Ben Roethlisberger had plenty of time to throw 3 touchdown passes while completing 14-of-20 passes, finding Antonio Brown on all 3 touchdowns, a first for the All-Pro receiver. Scott Tolzien tried and failed as the Colts quarterback (1 touchdown, 2 interceptions). Pat McAfee completing a 35-yard pass on a fake punt provided the most entertaining moment of the game, celebrating it with the Connor McGregor strut. Not that it helped the Colts come close to winning.

AFC Standings

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
New England Patriots 8 2 0 .800 2–1 6–1 271 180 W1
Miami Dolphins 6 4 0 .600 2–1 5–3 218 216 W5
Buffalo Bills 5 5 0 .500 1–3 2–4 253 215 W1
New York Jets 3 7 0 .300 1–1 3–4 179 243 L2
AFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 5 0 .545 2–1 5–3 266 222 W2
Baltimore Ravens 5 5 0 .500 3–0 5–2 199 187 L1
Cincinnati Bengals 3 6 1 .350 1–1 3–4 199 226 L2
Cleveland Browns † 0 11 0 .000 0–4 0–8 184 325 L11
AFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Houston Texans 6 4 0 .600 3–0 4–3 181 215 L1
Indianapolis Colts 5 6 0 .455 2–2 3–5 270 301 L1
Tennessee Titans 5 6 0 .455 1–3 3–5 281 275 L1
Jacksonville Jaguars 2 8 0 .200 1–2 1–6 193 265 L5
AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Oakland Raiders 8 2 0 .800 2–1 6–1 272 243 W4
Kansas City Chiefs 7 3 0 .700 2–0 5–2 222 187 L1
Denver Broncos 7 3 0 .700 1–2 4–2 241 183 W1
San Diego Chargers 4 6 0 .400 1–3 3–5 293 277 L1

NFC Standings

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys 10 1 0 .909 3–1 6–1 316 213 W10
New York Giants 7 3 0 .700 2–1 5–3 204 200 W5
Washington Redskins 6 4 1 .591 2–2 4–3 280 264 L1
Philadelphia Eagles 5 5 0 .500 0–3 3–5 241 186 L1
NFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Detroit Lions 7 4 0 .636 2–2 5–2 244 238 W3
Minnesota Vikings 6 5 0 .545 1–3 4–5 218 192 L1
Green Bay Packers 4 6 0 .400 2–1 3–4 247 276 L4
Chicago Bears 2 8 0 .200 2–1 2–5 167 237 L2
NFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Atlanta Falcons 6 4 0 .600 3–1 4–3 320 283 L1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 5 0 .500 2–1 4–3 235 259 W2
New Orleans Saints 4 6 0 .400 1–2 3–3 285 285 L2
Carolina Panthers 4 6 0 .400 1–3 4–4 244 247 W1
NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Seattle Seahawks 7 2 1 .750 1–1–1 3–2–1 219 173 W3
Arizona Cardinals 4 5 1 .450 2–1–1 4–3–1 226 190 L1
Los Angeles Rams 4 6 0 .400 2–1 3–4 149 187 L1
San Francisco 49ers 1 9 0 .100 1–3 1–7 204 313 L9
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