Thanksgiving Day NFL Recap Week 12

Week 12 of the NFL began with the traditional Thanksgiving Day games in Detroit and Dallas, with the Mile High city hosting the nightcap. Would the Lions snap a five game losing streak on Thanksgiving, would Tony Romo and the Cowboys go to 4-0 on Thanksgiving since he’s been the starting QB? And would the Broncos step it up when they need to the most? Let’s go into the recap

Green Bay 34, Detroit 12- Aaron Rodgers threw for 348 yards on 28-39 passing, with three touchdowns, and the thin Green Bay Packer defense picked off Lions’ rookie QB Matthew Stafford four times (two by Charles Woodson) and Green Bay took care of business over Detroit for their third straight win and to stay in control of the Wild Card hunt. The Lions have lost on Thanksgiving for the sixth straight year, and in the process have not beaten the Packers since Mike McCarthy was hired as Green Bay’s head coach (0-8). Donald Driver also had a big day, with seven catches for 142 yards and a touchdown, on a 68 yard strike from Rodgers. The Lions offense that showed promise against the woeful Cleveland Browns was very inefficient against Green Bay, who was without DE Aaron Kampman and CB Al Harris, both out for the years with ACL injuries. Stafford has came a long way and is learning on the go, and has to just bounce back from the rough game. Still hard times ahead for the young Lions. Packers (7-4), Lions (2-9)

Oakland 7, Dallas 24- The Cowboys got their offense back. After only 14 points in the last two games combined, Dallas scored 17 first half points (after scoring zero in the first half of their games last season). Tony Romo went 18-29 for 309 yards and threw a couple of touchdowns, and the ‘Boys easily took care of the Raiders. Felix Jones added a 46 yard TD run for Dallas, giving him 68 on seven carries. Dallas had two 100 yard receivers in this game, as Miles Austin had seven catches for 145 yards and Jason Witten had five catches for 107 yards to give them six wins in their last seven games. going into the month of December, where they have been 5-10 in the past three seasons in Dec. & January. For the Raiders, Bruce Gradkowski had a decent day, going 18-35 for 200 yards and a touchdown to Darrius Heyward-Bey, his first career NFL touchdown in a losing effort. Raiders (3-8), Cowboys (8-3)

NY Giants 6, Denver 26- Knowshon Moreno ran for 88 yards on 19 carries and Matt Prater kicked four field goals, and the Denver Broncos stopped the bleeding of a four game losing streak by outplaying the Giants on both sides of the ball. The Broncos defense forced three turnovers and sacked Giants QB Eli Manning three times. Kyle Orton got the start tonight and was efficient in managing the game, going 18-28 for 245 yards and a 17 yard TD pass to Brandon Stokely. The Broncos stopped the bleeding, and the Giants are on the outside looking in the playoff picture, putting them a half-game behind the Eagles and two full games behind the Cowboys going into their showdown on Sunday. Giants (6-5), Broncos (7-4)

Stay tuned tomorrow for the NFL Recap for Week 12. Hope you had a good Thanksgiving.

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