On Thanksgiving Day, Detroit (7-4) pulled out yet another come-from-behind victory to grab first place in the NFC North. The Lions have won six of their last seven and every game this season has been decided by seven points or less.
One could forgive Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer if, while watching film of the Cowboys this week, he shakes his head and thinks “That should be us.” After all, the Cowboys are running roughshod over the NFL at 10-1 executing a blueprint that is much like what the Vikings had planned for this season.
Monday night’s matchup between Green Bay and Philadelphia serves as a virtual playoff elimination game for the Packers. A loss leaves them three games out of the NFC North lead with five to play and 2.5 games behind the Redskins for the second wild card. Green Bay’s streak of seven consecutive postseason appearances is in jeopardy.
It’s been a drought-busting season throughout major sports. The Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Finals, bringing Cleveland its first title since 1964. The Chicago Cubs ended their historic 108-year run without a championship by winning the World Series.
A three-game losing streak for Green Bay? During head coach Mike McCarthy’s tenure, such a slump was once deemed unthinkable. But that’s their reality in 2016, a Packers team that seems to be struggling with issues as basic as motivation.
New Orleans enters Thursday night's game following a crushing defeat at home. Victory seemed nearly secured following Drew Brees’ 32-yard touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks to tie the score with less than a minute and a half remaining.