NFL Thanksgiving grades: Vikings, Kirk Cousins get a prime-time 'A-'; Cowboys, Bills shine in comebacks

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The NFL definitely had a strong Thanksgiving slate in shop this season, that made the yearly vacation video games even much better than a lot of years. Five of the 6 groups had winning records headed into their Thanksgiving Day video games, connecting a league-high set in 2011 and 2014 (the NFL began having 3 Thanksgiving Day video games in 2006). 

The integrated record of the 6 groups playing this Thanksgiving is 39-21, and the .650 win portion in between the groups is the second-highest given that the Thanksgiving schedule went to 3 video games. The greatest win portion was .682 in 2011.

Fans were dealt with to a thriller in the very first video game of the day, as Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills held back the Detroit Lions with a last-second basket in a back-and-forth affair that was a Thanksgiving timeless. In the 2nd video game, the Dallas Cowboys returned from a halftime deficit to sweep the New York Giants behind huge video games from CeeDee Lamb and Ezekiel Elliott. And in the nightcap, Kirk Cousins played well in the prime-time lights — as did Justin Jefferson — as the Vikings beat the Patriots to go to 9-2. Here are our grades for each group that used Thanksgiving:

Buffalo 28-25 over Detroit

Bills-Lions grades by Jeff Kerr (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him understand on Twitter.)

Dallas 28-20 over New York Giants

Giants-Cowboys grades by Bryan DeArdo (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him understand on Twitter.)

Minnesota 33-26 over New England

Patriots-Vikings grades by Tyler Sullivan (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him understand on Twitter.)

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