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NFL Thanksgiving Day Preview: Cowboys, Giants Shine on Packed Turkey Day

NFC and AFC squads battle to prove they're playoff contenders

One of the best holidays of the year for NFL fans is officially upon us, with three games on the schedule for Thanksgiving Day.

Two out of three games scheduled for Thanksgiving Day could be thrillers with playoff implications, while the other is merely a formality and, thankfully, the first game on the slate.

Buffalo Bills @ Detroit Lions (9:30 AM PST)

Despite being in second place in the NFC North, the Lions have been a disappointment once again this season. However, Jared Goff and company got some buzz to start the season after being on HBO's Hard Knocks and everyone falling in love with their fiery head coach, Dan Campbell.

Unfortunately, Detroit's dream of being playoff-bound this season is bleak, to say the least. The Lions have won three straight games coming into this matchup with the Bills but are facing the daunting task of taking on one of the league's best teams that will be looking to make an example of this squad on the main stage of this holiday showcase.

Buffalo will try to keep up with the red-hot division rival Miami Dolphins (7-4) as the clear favorite to come out on top in this matchup against the lowly Lions.

New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys (1:30 PM PST)

The NFC East has turned out to be one of the best divisions in the NFL this season, with all four teams showing promise. Every team in the division has a winning record (yes, even the Washington Commanders), making for an interesting second half of the 2022 campaign for all parties involved.

On Thanksgiving Day, the two teams sitting behind the division-leading Philadelphia Eagles (9-1) will battle it out in what will almost certainly be the best game of the day.

Dak Prescott and company are flying high after crushing the Minnesota Vikings last week, 40-3. They'll look to follow that up with a win over their bitter division rival in a matchup that will either prove that the Giants are the real deal or solidify Dallas' stance as a legitimate Super Bowl title contender.

New England Patriots @ Minnesota Vikings (5:20 PM PST)

The Patriots are one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now, despite having a shaky situation at the quarterback position. Even though Mac Jones has taken a step back this season after making the Pro Bowl in his rookie year, New England has remained relevant with Bill Belichick working his magic on the sideline.

New England will look to make it seven wins on the season while holding off Minnesota. The Vikings will stick be licking their wounds from an epic defeat to the Cowboys but can get right back on track if able to hold off the Patriots.

This will be a measuring-stick game for both teams, as it may prove whether either team can be taken seriously moving forward. Kirk Cousins' squad will likely be the favorite, but anything can happen after a forgettable collapse in Dallas and the resiliency of this Patriots team.

Both teams will come into this Thanksgiving Day showdown with high hopes of making a statement in the final stretch of the 2022 NFL season.