NFL meets Thanksgiving with screams and punishments

Triple day with flavor of turkey and party within the NFL. Thursday Thanksgiving 2021 was celebrated with two close victories and a looser one within the grids, during the start of week 12, which left Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen as a great figure, as well as the kickers. Las Vegas Raiders and Chicago Bears.

The celebration began at Ford Field Stadium in Detroit, where the Lions went in search of their first win of the season against the Chicago Bears coming off five straight losses. The attack had gone up to 14-13 in favor of the locals, who aspired to a first victory under the command of head coach Dan Campbell, who came to try to rescue the ship as it was the only team in the NFL that he does not know. the triumph in the current season, adding 10 defeats and a draw.

But it was a special team member who decided not to. This is the Brazilian kicker Cairo Santos, who scored a 28-yard field goal in the final minutes to flip the game and finish 14-16 in favor of the Bears, in a duel corresponding to the last two places in the North Division. from the National Conference, where the Green Bay Packers lead.

Following this result, the Bears snapped their five-game losing streak to a 4-7 record, while the Lions remain the worst team of the season and the only team yet to win. Quarterback Andy Dalton started for Chicago in place of rookie Justin Fields, injured in the ribs, and passed for a touchdown and 317 yards, in addition to commanding the winning series that culminated in Santos’ field goal.

The next game was held at AT&T Stadium, where the locals, the Dallas Cowboys, could never take advantage of their home to take the lead against the Las Vegas Raiders until at least in the fourth quarter they could rescue the tie to send the game to overtime.

The Raiders had led 27-19 thanks to an outstanding performance by their quarterback, Derek Carr, and Josh Jacobs’ 22 stellar carries for a touchdown and 87 yards. However, the reaction of Dak Prescott, Tony Pollard, Ezekiel Elliott and company caused that with less than three minutes to go the game was even at 33 points, generating the first overtime on a Thanksgiving Day since 2019 between the Texans and the Lions.

As in regular time, the Raiders were the ones who took the lead for the first and only time thanks to a 29-yard field goal by Daniel Carlson with which they won 36-33, a play that was in suspense for several seconds due to the Cowboys getting three penalties for kicking interruptions.

In total, the game between the Raiders and Cowboys left a cumulative 28 penalties (14 for each team) and 276 yards; A curious fact for Dallas is that in all the previous 10 weeks he had only had four interception penalties and in a single game against Las Vegas he matched that number.

Despite this setback on Thanksgiving, the Cowboys remain in the lead in the Eastern Division of the Northern Conference with a 7-4 record, two wins more than their closest pursuer, the Philadelphia Eagles, while the Raiders won. their first Thanksgiving game since 1968 and went 6-5, just one win less than the Kansas City Chiefs in the AL West lead.

The last game of the night featured the second highest paid player in the NFL today, quarterback Josh Allen, who led the Bills to a lopsided 31-6 victory over the New Orleans Saints.

Allen was successful on 23 of 28 pass attempts, generating 260 yards and four touchdowns, a round performance that knocked out the Saints for three quarters of the game. The arms of the Bills quarterback found their best allies in Devin Singletary’s 15 carries plus Stefon Diggs’ seven catches.

With this victory, the Bills regained the leadership of the Eastern Division of the American Conference for better balance of points scored and against (326-182), since they have the same record as the New England Patriots (7-4). Buffalo’s men are starting to get back on track after a few intermittent last weeks in which their lead faltered when they fell to the Teneesee Titans and even the Jacksonville Jaguars.

For their part, the Saints stayed with a 5-6 record in third place in the South Division of the National Conference, which is led by Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers with 7-3 and followed by the Carolina Panthers, who They are taking a second wind with Cam Newton and are positioned with a 5-6, but better balance of points than New Orleans.


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