For the second straight year, we have a little bit of history to go with your turkey.
Instead of gravy, it’s the New Orleans Saints who will host a divisional contest for the Thanksgiving night prime-time game. They’ll meet the Atlanta Falcons, with whom they battled last season in two thrillers that helped determine playoff seeding, in their first home Thanksgiving game in franchise history.
New Orleans played in a Thanksgiving game once before, edging the Cowboys 30-27 in Dallas in 2010. Atlanta is 1-1 in Thanksgiving contests, topping Detroit 27-7 in 2005 and falling to Indianapolis 31-13 in 2007.
So close! The loss was doubly painful for the Falcons, who saw the dream of avenging their all-time horrific Super Bowl LI loss to the Patriots vanish in the cold Philadelphia air one week after an impressive Wild Card Weekend win over the Rams. Atlanta can set the tone for another title run — not to mention, win a head-to-head tiebreaker — in the first game of the season.
And quarterbacks are often the key to fueling big trades.
(*This is your regular reminder that everyone in the NFL lies this time of year. Thank you. Signed, 10-Point Management.)
A New York Post story from Paul Schwartz late last week speculated the Giants weren’t going to take a quarterback but instead were focusing on Barkley.
The story, posited more as a collection of rumors, may end up being correct. What I can tell you, though, is that few around the league believe it.
Most NFL sources I speak to believe the Giants will take a quarterback with that No. 2 overall pick—or trade out of the spot and take a quarterback lower in the first round.
Thought this video of Jameis Winston working out with receivers DeSean Jackson and Devin Lucien was a good one. Receivers and quarterbacks working together in the offseason is always a good thing.