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Watch all three NFL Thanksgiving games on the Yahoo Sports app

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Thanksgiving and NFL football games go hand in hand. The tradition dates back to the league’s first season in 1920. NFL Thanksgiving games predate the Super Bowl by 46 years.

There have been changes. No one was watching on their phones when the Dayton Triangles beat the Detroit Heralds 28-0 on Nov. 25, 1920. Thanks to the glory of technology, you can watch all three Thanksgiving games this season as they’re broadcast live on the Yahoo Sports app. It’s better than arguing with your loved ones about politics.

Here’s a look at the three Thanksgiving games of this 100th NFL season:

Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions, 12:30 p.m. ET

Just imagine the reaction if Mitchell Trubisky got topped by David Blough on Thanksgiving.

Who is Blow? He’s the one who took the practice snaps as Detroit’s quarterback this week. Matthew Stafford is out. Substitute Jeff Driskel is suffering from a hamstring injury. If Driskel can’t play, Blough would take his first NFL shots. Blough played at Purdue, went undrafted and then posted a 72.9 passer rating in the preseason for the Cleveland Browns. The Browns traded Blough to the Lions in a 2022 seventh-round pick trade.

Regardless of whether Driskel or Blough plays for the Lions, the quarterback under the most pressure going into Thursday’s game will be Trubisky. Trubisky was solid last season, then hit a major slump this year. With the Bears struggling, a season after winning the NFC North, Trubisky received the majority of the scorn from Bears fans. A bad Thanksgiving outing, perhaps against an unknown rookie making his NFL debut, would make things much worse for Trubisky.

Buffalo Bills at Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 p.m. ET

The biggest story in Best Thanksgiving Game is clearly Cowboys coach Jason Garrett and his job security. Prepare for a lot of discussions with Garrett during the broadcast.

There’s another team involved in the game, and they’re most likely heading to the playoffs. The Bills have had a great run this season and lead the AFC wildcard field at 8-3. Buffalo’s defense leads this team, although sophomore quarterback Josh Allen is capable of some exciting moments. At least one of Thursday’s Game 2 teams is a good bet to be in the playoffs.

New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons, 8:20 p.m. ET

Midway through the season, the Saints were 7-1. They went 5-0 as Drew Brees recovered from a thumb injury. They looked like the best football team.

Then the Falcons came to New Orleans.

Atlanta, in the midst of a horrible season and with coach Dan Quinn facing constant questions about his job security, pulled off perhaps the biggest upset of the NFL season. They outscored the Saints in a 26-9 victory. The result was unexpected and the way the Falcons got around the Saints was stunning.

The Saints really haven’t looked good in the last three games, starting with the loss to the Falcons. They beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34-17, but with a big assist from Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston and his turnovers. Last week, the Saints barely secured a 34-31 win over the Carolina Panthers, earning a game-winning field goal when time expired. They took a huge break when Panthers kicker Joey Slye missed a short field goal in the final two minutes.

What do we do with the saints now? They are still 9-2 and have a good chance of securing the NFC’s No. 1 seed. A rebound against the Falcons at Thanksgiving would ease some concerns about their recent slump.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is hoping to secure the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs. (AP Photo/Dill Butch)

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Frank Schwab is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Do you have any advice? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

Rams need win over Ravens on Yahoo Sports app

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Before the season, you might have guessed that this “Monday Night Football” game between the Baltimore Ravens and Los Angeles Rams would be the one between a Super Bowl favorite and a team fighting for its life in the playoffs.

It turned out a little different than everyone thought.

The Ravens have been one of the NFL’s surprises and are perhaps the hottest team in the league. They’re 8-2, with an MVP candidate in quarterback Lamar Jackson and a defense that’s peaking. Meanwhile, defending NFC champion Los Angeles Rams haven’t been able to replicate what they did last season. They are 6-4, mostly out of the NFC West race and out looking for a wild card. They need a win over the Ravens on Monday night, a game that can be streamed live on the Yahoo Sports app.

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The Rams aren’t a bad team, but no one has mistaken them for a Super Bowl contender this season.

What went wrong for the Rams?

The Rams looked good at the start of the year. They were 3-0 with a few wins on the road.

Then Tampa Bay revealed some things. The Buccaneers went to Los Angeles and won 55-40 on September 29. It started a three-game losing streak for the Rams, who barely lost to the Seattle Seahawks on a last-second missed field goal and then were demolished by the 49ers at the Los Angeles Coliseum. That 49ers loss was an indication that something was wrong with the Rams.

Maybe if Greg Zuerlein got that last-second basket in Seattle, the team’s prospects would be better. But that’s life in the NFL.

The biggest problem is a significant drop in offense. The Rams defense has actually been much better statistically this season, and that counts the debacle against the Buccaneers. But the attack is far from what it was last season. The Rams are 11th in the NFL in points scored and 13th in yards gained, which isn’t bad. It’s just not what we expect from the Rams.

There are several reasons for the Rams’ offensive decline and they’re likely all related. Jared Goff is in trouble. He’s not the same quarterback he was for most of last season. This season was a follow-up to his poor Super Bowl against the Patriots, with 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Todd Gurley doesn’t have the same back, likely due to his knee issues. He’s been on pace for less than 1,000 rushing yards, while the offensive line has gone from strength to weakness.

Regardless of the primary culprit, the Rams are just an average first-time offense under head coach Sean McVay.

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff, center, is tackled by Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Al Woods, right, and center linebacker Bobby Wagner. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

Rams’ playoff chances don’t look good

The Rams face a tough challenge against the Ravens, and it’s not like they can afford to lose any more ground.

Los Angeles is three games behind the NFC West 49ers, has yet to play a road game in San Francisco and has already lost to its division rival once. If the 49ers slip, the Rams are still two games behind the Seahawks in the division. The 8-2 Seahawks and 7-3 Vikings currently have the NFC wildcard spots, and the loser of the Cowboys/Eagles NFC East battle will also factor into that run.

The Rams also face four winning teams in their last six games: vs. Ravens, Cardinals, vs. Seahawks, Cowboys, 49ers, vs. Cardinals. It’s a brutal schedule for a 6-4 side, especially since 10-6 might not even get a wildcard spot.

If this Rams team was as good as it was last season, maybe a hot streak to end the season would seem realistic. But a lot of things look different, and it looks like the Rams need a semi-miracle to qualify for the playoffs. That would likely require a win over the Ravens on Monday night.

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Frank Schwab is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Do you have any advice? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

Packers and 49ers meet for huge NFC game on Yahoo Sports app

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The NFL Coach of the Year race might be the best of all the post-season awards.

Never mind that the price is a bit silly. He rarely goes to the best coach, which is counterintuitive. If so, Bill Belichick could win every year. Usually it’s the coach whose team finishes farthest ahead of their pre-season expectations.

Sunday evening, a few coaches fit this category. San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is having a stellar season. Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur has settled in well in his first season as head coach. The 49ers and Packers face off in a pivotal NFC game on Sunday night, which can be streamed live on the Yahoo Sports app.

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Maybe the winning coach will win a trophy at the end of the year. Maybe for the coach of the year, and maybe also for the Lombardi Trophy.

Who will win NFL Coach of the Year?

About a quarter of coaches in the league have a decent argument as Coach of the Year.

Sean Payton led the New Orleans Saints to a 5-0 record without quarterback Drew Brees. Jon Gruden has the Oakland Raiders in playoff contention. John Harbaugh has the Baltimore Ravens playing an offense the NFL has never seen before and they’re arguing as the best team in the league.

Mike Tomlin deserves credit for keeping the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoff hunt. Frank Reich would have a case if the Indianapolis Colts made the playoffs after Andrew Luck retired. And, of course, Belichick still has a case.

Both coaches from Sunday night’s game are among the favorites, and they’ve been impressive in different ways this season.

Packers and 49ers battle for playoff positioning

Shanahan must have produced a few wins. His first two 49ers seasons ended with a 10-22 record. There were good excuses for that, but a losing third straight season wouldn’t have been great.

The 49ers have reinvented themselves. They’re a top-notch team, with a stellar defense and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo playing a game director role most weeks. The 49ers started the season 8-0 and enter this week 9-1, the NFC’s best record. And yet, the 49ers are under pressure from the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West race.

The Packers still have hopes of capturing the NFC’s No. 1 seed and likely need a win on Sunday night to keep that alive. Like the 49ers with the Seahawks, the Packers have yet to shake up the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North.

During the offseason, an 8-2 start was not what Packers fans were talking about. There was endless discussion about LaFleur and Aaron Rodgers. There was speculation about how they would get along and how Rodgers would fit into LaFleur’s plan. Although the attack has had its ups and downs, it’s going very well. LaFleur could follow the Sean McVay/Matt Nagy path as a young offensive head coach who wins Coach of the Year in his rookie season.

To win Coach of the Year, LaFleur may have to beat Shanahan on Sunday night. But he’s probably not worried about that price, and neither is Shanahan. Both teams need a win in a wild NFC playoff race.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) greets head coach Kyle Shanahan after a touchdown. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

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Frank Schwab is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Do you have any advice? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

Barkley Giants vs. Elliott Cowboys on the Yahoo Sports app

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Conventional NFL wisdom says you shouldn’t make costly investments in running backs, and we can wonder if the Dallas Cowboys or New York Giants made the right call with their star guards. .

But there’s no denying that Ezekiel Elliott and Saquon Barkley are two of the best in the game.

The Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants face off Monday night, a game that can be streamed live on the Yahoo Sports app. It’s a rare game between two teams that are built around a running back. That’s not the norm in a league that values ​​passing and has devalued running backs.

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Barkley and Elliott are undeniably great, but which one is better?

Saquon Barkley, Ezekiel Elliott among the best

Barkley and Elliott were the few running back prospects each selected in the top five of the draft. Elliott was the fourth pick in the 2016 draft, ahead of future All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey. Barkley was the second overall pick in the 2018 draft, edging out quarterback Sam Darnold.

Both players have been quite productive:

Barkley (21 games): 80 rushing yards per game, 5.0 yards average, 42 receiving yards per game, 7.8 yards per reception, 0.86 touchdowns per game

Elliott (47 games): 98.9 rushing yards per game, 4.6 yards average, 29.3 receiving yards per game, 8.6 yards per reception, 0.85 touchdowns per game

Elliott has more total yards per game, but played with a much better offensive line. Barkley is a terrific receiver, but Elliott can also catch the ball. Elliott hit a career high with 77 catches last season.

Elliott has two rushing titles and could have had a third had he not been suspended at the start of the 2017 season (Elliott led the NFL in rushing yards per game that season). Barkley led the NFL with 2,028 yards from scrimmage in his first NFL season last year.

It would be difficult to choose one over the other. And they will both face each other in NFC East games for a while. Barkley is 22 and Elliott just turned 24.

Ezekiel Elliott and Saquon Barkley swap shirts after a game last season. (Getty Images)

Cowboys, giants built around their backs

The Cowboys signed Elliott to a six-year, $90 million deal after resistance during the preseason. It shows how much the Cowboys appreciate him. Presumably, Barkley will top that. He was a top running back prospect for many, many years and lived up to that billing.

In a better situation, perhaps Barkley could win rushing titles like Elliott. Barkley has an unrivaled skill set, but it’s hard to argue with Elliott’s consistency and production. He is the rare running back who rarely leaves the field and never seems to get injured or burnt out.

There will be a lot of interest in Monday night’s game from fantasy football players. Barkley and Elliott were first-round picks in most drafts. They had the fourth and fifth best-selling NFL jerseys last season. In a league with teams trying to fill running backs with trading options, these two superstars stand out.

It’s hard to choose just one.

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Frank Schwab is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Do you have any advice? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

Watch Free NFL Games in the Marketplace on the Yahoo Sports app

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Yahoo is the home of NFL games for mobile users. Throughout this season, football fans across the country, regardless of their mobile network, can watch games through the Yahoo Sports app and stream market and domestic games throughout the season through the Super Bowl LIV.

To watch, download the Yahoo Sports app available on iOS and Google Play and turn on location services.

Here are the games available through the app for the coming week:

National Games

  • Thursday, October 31 at 8:20 p.m. ET: San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals on FOX / NFLN
  • Sunday, November 3 at 8:20 p.m. ET: New England Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens on NBC
  • Monday, November 4 at 8:15 p.m. ET: Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants on ESPN

Local Games – Localized for each market

  • Sunday, November 3 at 9:30 a.m.ET:
    • Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars on NFLN
  • Sunday, November 3 at 1 p.m. ET:
    • Chicago Bears vs. Philadelphia Eagles on FOX
    • Minnesota Vikings vs. Kansas City Chiefs on FOX
    • Indianapolis Colts to Pittsburgh Steelers on CBS
    • New York Jets at Miami Dolphins on CBS
    • Washington Redskins vs. Buffalo Bills on FOX
    • Tennessee Titans vs. Carolina Panthers on CBS
  • Sunday, November 3 at 4:05 p.m. ET:
    • Detroit Lions vs. Oakland Raiders on FOX
    • Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Seattle Seahawks on FOX
  • Sunday, November 3 at 4:25 p.m. ET:
    • Green Bay Packers at Los Angeles Chargers on CBS
    • Cleveland Browns at the Denver Broncos on CBS

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