A very Cowboys Thanksgiving!

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With Thanksgiving comes mashed potatoes and gravy. Friends and family, possibly yelling at each other. Green been casserole, stuffing, pumpkin pie and if you are lucky, a 12 pack of beer all to yourself. And of course The Dallas Cowboys. Oh and Turkey.PHO-07Nov22-95113

Did you know that since 1966 The Dallas Cowboys have played 45 games on Thanksgiving day? Did you also know that in 1975 the NFL thought it would be a good idea to make the St. Louis Cardinals (not the baseball team) the Thanksgiving Day host? That wasn’t a popular decision and in 1978 they quickly made the Cowboys the host team again. Forever.

Good call.

Since 1966, the Cowboys have a record of 29 Wins, 15 Losses and 1 Tie on those Thanksgiving Day games. Not to shabby.

If you were born after 1990 you probably don’t know that the Cowboys actually use to be a pretty dominant team. Earning them the name “America’s Team, earning them that very prolific Thanksgiving day game. The Cowboys use to be a perennial playoff contender. Not as of a late. But I promise they were.. Kid who just bought his first legal beer.

The Dallas Cowboys have 30 career Playoff Appearances. They have won the NFC East 21 times and have 10 Conference Championships as well as 5 Super Bowl Championships. Which was a league best until those pesky Steelers won their 6th just a few years ago.

The Dallas Cowboys have played a lot on Thanksgiving, that is for sure. But what does playing on Thanksgiving have to do with there playoff success? Well, we had a lot of time on our hands and wanted to find just that out. We went back and took a look at every Thanksgiving game that took place in the same year that the Cowboys made the playoffs. Take a look:

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1966 – Dallas Cowboys beat the Cleveland Browns, 26 to 14

  • NFL Eastern Champion

1967 – Dallas Cowboys beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 46 to 21

  • NFL Capitol Champion
  • NFL Eastern Champion

1968 – Dallas Cowboys beat the Washington Redskins, 29 to 20

  • NFL Capitol Championfirst-landing-pilgrims-hus1-57

1969 – Dallas Cowboys tie the San Francisco 49ers, 24 all

  • NFL Capitol Champion

1970 – Dallas Cowboys beat the Green Bay Packers, 16 to 3

  • NFC East Champion
  • NFC Conference Champion

1971 – Dallas Cowboys beat the Los Angeles Rams, 28 to 21

  • NFC East Champion
  • NFC Conference Champion
  • Super Bowl Champion

1972 – Dallas Cowboys lose to the San Francisco 49ers, 31 to 10

  • NFC East Champion

1973 – Dallas Cowboys lose to the Miami Dolphins, 14 to 7

  • NFC East Champion

1975 – No Thanksgiving Day Game

  • NFC Conference Champion

1976 – Dallas Cowboys beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 19 to 14

  • NFC East Champion

1977 – No Thanksgiving Day Game

  • NFC East Champion
  • NFC Conference Champion
  • Super Bowl Champion

1978 – Dallas Cowboys beat the Washington Redskins, 37 to 10

  • NFC East Champion
  • NFC Conference ChampionThanksgiving-Day-football-Houston-vs-dallas

1979 – Dallas Cowboys lose to the Houston Oilers, 30 to 24

  • NFC East Champion

1981 – Dallas Cowboys beat the Chicago Bears, 10 to 9

  • NFC East Champion

1982 – Dallas Cowboys beat the Cleveland Browns, 31 to 14

1983 – Dallas Cowboys beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 35 to 17

1985 – Dallas Cowboys beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 35 to 17

  • NFC East Champion

1991 – Dallas Cowboys beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 20 to 10

1992 – Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Giants, 30 to 3

  • NFC East Champion
  • NFC Conference Champion
  • Super Bowl Champion2726430-COWBOYS-LETT-11_25_1993

1993 – Dallas Cowboys lose to the Miami Dolphins, 16 to 14

  • NFC East Champion
  • NFC Conference Champion
  • Super Bowl Champion

1994 – Dallas Cowboys beat the Green Bay Packers, 42 to 31

  • NFC East Champion

1995 – Dallas Cowboys beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 24 to 12

  • NFC East Champion
  • NFC Conference Champion
  • Super Bowl Champion

1996 – Dallas Cowboys beat the Washington Redskins, 21 to 10

  • NFC East Champion

1998 – Dallas Cowboys lose to the Minnesota Vikings, 46 to 36

  • NFC East Champion

1999 – Dallas Cowboys beat the Miami Dolphins, 20 to 0

2003 – Dallas Cowboys lose to the Miami Dolphins, 40 to 21

2006 – Dallas Cowboys beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 38 to 10

2007 – Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Jets, 34 to 3

  • NFC East Champion

2009 – Dallas Cowboys beat the Oakland Raiders, 24 to 7

  • NFC East Champion

So what does that all mean?

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Who knows. But I do know that the Cowboys beat the Oakland Raiders this past Thanksgiving Day 31-24. And the last time the Cowboys beat the Raiders on Thanksgiving Day, they went on to win the NFC East.

Yes.

And in those 30 playoff appearances, the Cowboys won 20 Thanksgiving Day games. So if my college math serves me right, that means  when the Cowboys win on Turkey Day, they have a 67% chance of making the Playoffs.

Yes.

And that currently, the Cowboys have a commanding lead (1/2 a game plus tie breakers) in the NFC East. With 21 Division Championships, the Cowboys won 14 times on Thanksgiving Day games. Using my long division table I saved from middle school, that means when the Cowboys win on Turkey Day, they have a 67% chance of winning the NFC East.

Yes.

Also, when you date back to 1966, the Cowboys very first Thanksgiving Day game, they have 10 Conference Championships. Out of those 10 Conference Championships, the Cowboys only played on Thanksgiving 8 times., but racked up an impressive 7 wins and only 1 loss. Which I think means that if the Cowboys win on turkey Day, they have a 88% chance of winning the NFC.17_1995_Irvin_Michael_12

Yes.

What about the Super Bowl you ask? What about the Super Bowl! The 5 time World Champion Dallas Cowboys only played 4 times on the Day we give our Thanks. And, out of those 4 games, they went on to win 3 games which I don’t even remember – I’m sure they were great though. What does that mean you ask? Well if I can count my fingers correctly, that means that when the Cowboys win on Turkey Day, they have a 75% chance of winning the Super Bowl.

Oh yes – New York here we come!

Now if you have half a brain, you’ve realized – that those odds are not correct. Well, technically they are correct because even your little sister could tell you that 3 out of 4 is 75%, as long as she had a dollar worth of quarters. What I mean is that isn’t exactly how you calculate the odds of the Cowboys making it to the playoffs and winning games. I don’t know how you actually calculate them. This isn’t ESPN. Sorry man, I got a C in college math just like you did.

My brother is the mathematician, but he’s still hungover from his Black Friday day of shopping.

Okay we don’t care. Seriously man what does that all mean? I’ve come this far you’ve got to have some grand finish to this right?

No not really. All I know is that if you take a look at how the Cowboys have done historically on the day we celebrate a bunch of Europeans landing on Plymouth Rock, it just means good things happen. So I’ve got a good feeling about how the rest of the season is going to shape up and you should too.f785f0393cff79358fadbf0e230f9b955f3f5603

What’s that you say? Oh, Jerry Jones still runs the team? And Jason Garrett is still head coach? Oh and your defensive coordinator may or may not have been alive for the past 6 weeks?

Oh. Yeah. About that.

Well we may be 2-7 in the playoffs since our last Super Bowl victory. But anything is possible. The NFC East is a joke. And and if we can get healthy and stop giving up 40 first downs to teams, who knows. We may just get hot and make a run in the playoffs.

Or lose in the first round.

Either way. Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving!

Go Cowboys.

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