Pickswise News
NFL chevron-left Back

NFL Thanksgiving reaction: Football Team move into first, but how far can they go?

NFL Thanksgiving reaction: Football Team move into first, but how far can they go?

The Washington Football Team jumped into first place in the NFC East with a 41-16 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving. The Football Team became the first team in the East to reach four wins, improving to 4-7 with the Eagles and Giants still to play later in the week.

Washington pulls away late

The game was close throughout the first three quarters, but after settling for a field goal following a dropped touchdown pass by CeeDee Lamb, the Cowboys began to lose the plot. On their subsequent possession, they inexplicably attempted a fake punt on a 4th-and-10 well within their own territory, failing to even get back to the line of scrimmage on the reverse they tried.

Washington ran the ball in for a touchdown on the very next play and took complete control from there, scoring two more times (just seven seconds apart) to grow its lead to 25, winning by nearly four scores in a game it started as a 3.5-point underdog.

Slim hopes still remain in Dallas

The Cowboys’ season has been a disaster, but just one game out of first place they still have plenty to play for moving forward. With matchups against the Bengals, Eagles, and Giants still to come, Cowboys’ fans can still cling to some hope. But the team on the field needs to get its act together following an embarrassing Thanksgiving performance for the second year in a row.

As for Washington, the conversation now turns to how far it can go. If no further games are cancelled, the winner of the NFC East will finish as the fourth seed and will host a playoff game on Wild Card Weekend in January. The Football Team is a heartwarming story, but they’re nowhere near as complete a team as the Seahawks, Rams, or Buccaneers–one of whom will most likely be the opponent of the eventual East winner.

While their run will most likely end come wild-card weekend–if they’re lucky enough to clinch the division–Washington fans should enjoy the ride, however ugly it may be, for the next month. TWFT is chasing its first playoff berth in five seasons and, for better or worse, have as good a shot as any of their division rivals to get there.

Also, let’s not have any more halftime shows when two 3-7 teams are playing.

Pickswise is the home of free NFL Predictions and NFL Odds. Check out the latest NFL Prop Bets and NFL Parlays as well as expert NFL Underdog Picks and NFL Computer Picks.

Last updated: Fri 27th November 2020

Related News

chevron-right
Win a brand new iPhone 12 Pro Max 5G!
FREE TO ENTER
Win a brand new iPhone!
  • Answer one simple question to enter
  • Who won the 2020 Super Bowl? Think you know
  • Hit 'Enter Now' - it's free
ENTER NOW
Entries close at midnight on Sunday, February 7th, 2021 EST. The winner will be drawn at random and contacted via email by Monday, February 8th, 2021. The prize is non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash. One entry per person. 21+.