Turkey Bowl Recap
On November 27th of every year America celebrates on of its favorite holidays. Thanksgiving. It’s a time for good food, family, and most importantly Football.
This year we had three great match ups. We had the Chicago bears vs the Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagle versus the Dallas Cowboys, and last not but least the San Francisco 49ers versus the Seattle Seahawks.
Up first was the Chicago Bears (5-7) versus Detroit Lions (8-4)
Detroit came into the game versus their NFC north rivals with a record of 8-3 after suffering a humiliating defeat last week to the New England patriots. A game this writer believed was going to be one of the better games last week. The Patriots showed the holes in the Lions game last week and after a slow start to the game, the lions showed us strength and determination and came back to make it a game. The Lions defense snatched two interceptions from Cutler as well as held the bears running game to only thirteen yards. While on offense the high powered offense continued to show what they could do. Stafford was on fire throwing for just under four hundred yards and completing thirty four of forty five passes with two touchdowns to Megatron Johnson.
The bears on the other hand even after a fast start didn’t seem like their offense could continually beat the high ranked lions defense. Cutler threw two touchdown passes to Alshon Jeffery but the lack of a running game really hurt the bears in the long run. On defense the bears looked as bad as usual this year which forced Cutler to keep slinging the ball trying to play catch up.
Second on the docket we have the Dallas Cowboys (8-4) versus Philadelphia Eagle (9-3)
Mark Sanchez came into thanksgiving known for one of the biggest blunders not just in thanksgiving history but NFL history, joining the ranks of Leon Lett whose stumble in the snow in a thanksgiving game in 1993. The Infamous Butt Fumble where Sanchez who was a NYJ at the time ran and slide into his teammate’s rear end causing a fumble that was recovered by the opposing team.
Sanchez to the dismay of most NFL fans had one of his best games in his relatively short career in terms of accuracy completing twenty of twenty nine passes. However his performance was out done by Shady Mccoy. Mccoy ran for one hundred and fifty nine yards on 25 carries.
The only noteworthy thing that happened to the cowboys in this lackluster game was that Dallas Cowboys Quarterback was unable to throw a touchdown pass for the first time in thirty nine games.
The cowboys looked abysmal on Thursday night’s game.
t seems to this writer that the wheels may have finally fallen off the cowboys after their more than magical start to the season. Will this be how the cowboys 2013-2014 story will be told or will the boys find a way to bounce back and still make a push for a playoff spot. Only time will tell.
Last but not least you have two great defenses battling it out to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Seattle Seahawks (8-4) went against the San Francisco 49ers (7-5). These two teams desperately needed a win to keep up with their division rival Arizona Cardinals but to also keep themselves in the wildcard hunt which seems much more realistic then overcoming the cardinals at this point in the season.
The Seahawks defense has been questioned this year, they haven’t been playing the same way that the team that won it all last year did. Maybe that’s because of the new rule changes or maybe there is something deeper there that is holding them back. Whatever the issue is it did not matter on Thursday. The Seahawks defense was in top form including their outspoken Corner back Richard Sherman. Sherman came away with two interceptions in the contest and the rest of the team were able to sack Kaepernick four times on their way to victory.
The 49ers on the other hand were pretty much powerless to stop Marshawn Lynch who ran for over one hundred yards. The 49ers defense isn’t the story that needs to be told however. It’s the team’s offense that does. Once again the 49ers offense could not get anything going. Through the air or on the ground. Kaepernick threw for just one hundred and twenty nine yards and two interceptions
It seems almost most written in stone the Jim Harbaugh will not be back next year after what was a short stint with the 49ers. Most people believe he will be headed back to the college level at his alma mater Michigan.