Monday Night Football kicks off Thanksgiving week

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter
NFC West / AFC West

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

It’s the official beginning of the holidays, Thanksgiving week! It’s also the beginning of a fantastic week of football, and it all kicks off with Monday Night Football featuring the Los Angeles Rams and the Baltimore Ravens. Let’s take a look at everything coming up this week.

Tonight, the Rams (6-4) take on the red hot (purple hot?) Ravens (8-2)  at home in LA. Now, at the beginning of the season, this would have been touted as one of the best games of the season, but the Rams have struggled more than we thought they would this year, and the Ravens…well they have been killing it.

Baltimore will be looking to win their 7th straight game and continue their 30pt per game pace they’ve had over the last four games. The Rams will have to slow down Ravens QB Lamar Jackson and his offense in order to give Rams QB Jared Goff a chance to keep up. However, the Ravens defense has managed to take down star QBs Russell Wilson and Tom Brady in this season, so Goff will have his hands full.

There are a great number of stories to keep an eye on in this game. Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters looking for revenge against the Rams for trading him. Rams safety Eric Weddle looking to show up and stop his former team. Ravens saftey Earl Thomas playing against his former NFC West rival. Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald working toward his third Defensive Player of the Year title. Football drama at its best.

Thanksgiving Day, once again, brings us a jam-packed day of football. Three games to fill your proverbial plate. First up is the Chicago Bears (5-6) at the Detroit Lions (3-7-1), 12:30 pm ET, FOX. While this might not be the most anticipated game of the day, it’s one that is steeped in tradition and features two teams who are desperate to get a win.

Then at 4:30 pm ET on CBS, the Buffalo Bills (8-3) head to Jerry’s World to take on the Dallas Cowboys (6-5). The Bills are looking to stay on the heals of the New England Patriots and keep their place in the Playoff race. The Cowboys, while on top of their division, need this win to stay a step ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles, who have statistically the easiest schedule going forward.

Wrapping up the night what could be the best game of the day, the New Orleans Saints (9-2) against their bitter divisional rival, the Atlanta Falcons (3-8). Looking at these team’s records, one wouldn’t think this would be a good game, but we can’t forget what happened last time they played. Much to the delight of their fans, the Falcons embarrassed the Saints, beating them 26-9. The Saints will be looking to even that score. This is one of my favorite rivalries in football, and it will make for a lot of fun on Thanksgiving.

So, football fans, enjoy your feast this week. Give thanks for your family, your friends, and for football, as you should be getting some great games during the holiday week.

Follow Dayna on Twitter // @DaynaOG
#SmartWomen #SmartFootball
Shop for NFL Gear Here

Leave a Reply