Bringing home the turkey


The New York Giants’ Justin Tuck (91) chases down Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (12) during game aciton at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. The Giants defeated the Redskins, 20-6. (Tyson Trish/The Record/MCT)

Story by TJ Wall, staff writer

On Thanksgiving Day, the NFL had three games going on throughout the day. Here’s a recap of what went down.

Vikings vs. Lions:

The Minnesota Vikings defeated the Detroit Lions 30-23 in a showdown during the first game of Thanksgiving Day.

The main thing that sticks out is the recent performance of the Vikings’ quarterback, Case Keenum. In the game versus the Lions, Keenum threw for 282 yards and two touchdowns while completing an astonishing 70 percent of his passes.

Keenum is not a one man show, however. He is aided by his receivers Adam Thielen who caught eight passes for 89 yards, Stefon Diggs who caught five passes for 66 yards, and the tight end Kyle Rudolph who caught four passes for 63 yards and two touchdowns.

With an offense that’s looking promising and an elite defense that is a threat to any opposing offense, the Vikings are going to be a huge threat in the playoffs.

Chargers vs. Cowboys:

The Los Angeles Chargers won 28-6 in a game that the Dallas Cowboys seemed to not show up to.

The Cowboys did absolutely horrible. Dallas’ quarterback, Dak Prescott, completed 74 percent of his passes for 179 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. Dallas’ rushing game wasn’t really any better. The Cowboys two backup running backs, Alfred Morris and Rod Smith, ran for a combined 77 yards and one touchdown on 18 attempts. Contrary to popular belief, I believe it is the struggling offensive line, not necessarily the absence of Ezekiel Elliott, that is causing the Cowboys’ offense to falter. Prescott has been sacked at a higher rate this year than last and that’s a huge problem.

On the other hand, the Chargers are looking like the favorite to win the AFC West. Philip Rivers completed 82 percent of his passes for 434 yards and three touchdowns. Additionally, the Chargers’ defense features a talented Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. With the Chargers on the upswing, be watching out for them in the playoffs in a few weeks.

Giants vs. Redskins:

The Washington Redskins defeated the New York Giants 20-10 in a game that turned out as expected.

There’s not too many exciting or outstanding things to say about this game because it’s a matchup between two lower-tier teams. Kirk Cousins, the Redskins’ quarterback, had a pretty decent performance; he completed 61 percent of his passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns. Samaje Perine, the rookie running back for the Redskins, had a decent outing as well; he ran 24 times for 100 yards.

The Giants continued to struggle as they have this whole season. They were expected to lose to Washington and they aren’t expected to do much better the rest of this season. Additionally, their head coach Ben Mcadoo, will most likely be out of a job after this season. Hopefully for Giants fans they can find a new head coach and start to continue where they left off last season.