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Thanksgiving Day Football In Dallas

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Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images.
Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images.

It’s about that time of year. Thanksgiving Day has had American football since 1896, and it continues as one of the NFL’s richest traditions. It’s particularly significant in Detroit and Dallas— each get to annually host a Thanksgiving Day game. The Cowboys have fared well on Turkey Day, having won 28 times, lost just 15 times and tied once.

Tony Romo has enjoyed being part of the tradition as well, posting a 5-1 record in his six Thanksgiving Day starts. The Cowboys have won five of the last seven Thanksgiving Day games, losing only to Washington last season and to the Saints in 2010 — a game that Romo missed due to injury.  There is a lot of history surrounding the Thanksgiving Day game, and here are some reasons why you should watch this Thursday:

  • - It’s Thanksgiving. You have to complete the three Fs of Thanksgiving: family, food, and football!
  • - The throwback uniforms. The Cowboys have been sporting throwbacks since 2001, and it’s always fun to see the old unis.
  • - It’s like NFL Sunday two days early. The NFL added the night game in 2006 after having just two games since 1970. You don’t have work, no reason to do household chores or projects, and there’s about ten hours of football in a row. Take a seat on the couch and enjoy a Sunday-like feel two days early.
  • - The Cowboys will be looking to build off their recent win over the Giants and welcome a struggling Oakland to Dallas. It’s a Thanksgiving Day rematch from 2009, which the Cowboys won 24-7.
  • - Romo loves playing on Thanksgiving. In his six starts, he was won five while completing 65.7 percent of his passes for 1,808 yards, 17 touchdowns and only six interceptions. His lone loss was last season in a battle with RG3 and the Redskins. He’ll look to continue playing well not only on Thanksgiving Day but also this season.
  • - The CBS All-Iron Award Watch. The annual award is given out by Phil Simms to a player in the game that airs on CBS. Recent Dallas winners include DeMarcus Ware, Jason Witten, Miles Austin and Tony Romo. Pre-game All-Iron Award Picks: Dez Bryant and Tony Romo. Sleeper picks: Terrance Williams and Brandon Carr.