Thanksgiving Day Football, 2020. In the second game of the traditional Thanksgiving doubleheader, the Dallas Cowboys host the Washington Football Team.
The 3-7 Cowboys season was devastated when quarterback Dak Prescott had a season ending injury earlier in the year. In the five games since that injury the Cowboys have gone 1-4. Yet, because of how awful the entire division is, the Cowboys remain in the thick of the hunt for a division title in the NFC East. The Cowboys won their first game since Prescott went down last week against the Minnesota Vikings, so I guess you could say they come into this game with some momentum, sort of.
The 3-7 Football Team doesn’t even have a proper name this year. Like every team in the NFC East, the Football Team comes into this game within a half game of the divisional lead. Like the Cowboys, the Football Team comes into the game fresh off a victory, defeating the Cincinnati Bengals last week. The return of quarterback Alex Smith after a career threatening injury has breathed some life into the Football Team, and they may be primed to take a run at the playoffs.
Washington and Dallas have a storied rivalry, once as good as anything in the NFL. They used to duke it out on an annual basis for supremacy in the division. They each won multiple Super Bowls. Their games were must see football. And now it’s come to this. Once again the two teams are contending for a division title, but in no way is either team remotely close to contending for a Super Bowl.
Two 3-7 teams that should by all rights be playing out the string are instead playing to keep hopes of a divisional title alive in the epically terrible NFC East. This is how we wrap up the NFL’s Thanksgiving Day football games in 2020. What a year.
Enjoy the game everybody.