11.21.16: Thanksgiving Football

Happy Thanksgiving week, Team SQ. Because there will be lots of football to watch this week, we’re starting today off with one of the best plays from the weekend — see: Seattle Seahawks here:

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NFL

Let’s kick things off with this weekend’s NFL highlights  — Coming out of week 11, we saw the Seattle Seahawks defeat the Philadelphia Eagles 26-15 with the help of a trick play (see above) from Doug Baldwin to Russell Wilson for a TD, the New York Giants took down the Chicago Bears 22-16 for their 5th straight win in a game where Eli Manning had 2 TDs, and the Dallas Cowboys got a 27-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens and Ezekiel Elliott set the rookie record for rushing yards a season for the Cowboys.

On Sunday Night Football, the Washington Redskins defeated the Green Bay Packers
42-24 after Kirk Cousins’ big night (3 TD, 375 yards.)

Monday Night Football features the Houston Texans vs. the Oakland Raiders on ESPN at 8:30pm.  Additionally, there will be plenty of football this Thursday on Thanksgiving including:

  • Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions on CBS at 12:30pm
  • Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys on Fox at 4:30pm
  • Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Indianapolis Colts on NBC at 8:30pm

College Football

In week 12 of college football, #1 Alabama continued their dominance, this time over Chattanooga 31-3 while #2 Ohio State narrowly defeated Michigan State 17-16. #3 Michigan rolled against Indiana 20-10 while #4 Clemson got an expected easy win over Wake Forest 35-13.

With this weekend’s result, the new AP rankings has 3 teams from the Big Ten — the first time in 56 years — with Ohio State, Michigan and Wisconsin all getting in with Alabama and Clemson.

All of this sets up next weekend for some top ranked action heading into week 13 — of note, #3 Michigan and #2 Ohio State face off next Saturday at noon on ABC.

College Basketball

Things are heating up in College Basketball land as the season starts to really get underway. This past weekend, #1 Duke overcame last week’s tough loss (and ongoing injuries) to #8 Kansas to get two straight wins and the Tip Off tournament championship after defeating Rhode Island 75-65 on Sunday.

This week, tune in for tons of college hoops as the Thanksgiving holiday tournaments kick off this week. We’ll be watching!

NBA

It may still be on the early side of the NBA season, but here are a few stories to check out this week:

Other

On Tuesday, Leg 1 of the MLS Conference Finals begins. At 8pm EST, Montreal Impact will take on Toronto FC, and at 10pm EST, Seattle Sounders FC will play the Colorado Rapids. Then, on Sunday the 27th, Seattle and Colorado will play again for Game 2, and on Wednesday the 30th, Montreal and Toronto will play their Game 2, before the finals on Saturday, December 10th.

JUST FOR FUN

Let it snow
After Michigan beat Indiana in their last home game of the season, they made snow angels to celebrate

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Making History
The oldest player to play in a D1 football game
Joe Thomas Sr., the 55-year-old RB, played in South Carolina State’s win over Savannah State on senior day

Come together
When DraftKings and FanDuel merge…
As the daily fantasy sports industry is plagued by financial difficulties, the two companies seek to provide services to a larger and stronger client base by working together

“How do we feel about football right now?”
For many, it’s a beloved escape from reality, and it’s an American institution
But, SI questions whether declining ratings and increasing concerns over player perception and player safety are showing that the sport has already peaked

 

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