NFL Power Rankings After Week 17

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The regular season is over, which means we have come to an end of the power rankings for the 2013 season.  The only appropriate way to send this out is our all time favorite thing to do… A quote column!  Since I am in the middle of my Friday Night Lights binge fest, I felt that I had to choose quotes for this show.  I mean, how could I not?  It’s hard to trim it down to ten.  Heck, I could use all of Coach Taylor’s quotes for the article, but I will mix it up.  Here we go… (Note: All quotes are from Season 1.  I didn’t want to spoil the glory of the show for myself)

Broncos1. Denver Broncos (13-3) LW (1) 

Coach Taylor: “Clear eyes, full hearts.”

Team: “CAN’T LOSE!”

If this isn’t part of Peyton Manning’s pregame speech, I’d be shocked.  Eric Taylor, excuse me Coach Taylor, reminds me of an older Peyton Manning with his motivational speeches.  With the defense down their leader in Von Miller and Peyton down to maybe his last shot at ring #2, I would expect this to be said in the locker room.  Along with, “Texas Forever!”  Except, ya know, Denver.

Seahawks2. Seattle Seahawks (13-3) LW (3)  

Smash Williams: “I seen my granddaddy make better blocks playing checkers.”

The past 3 weeks the Seahawks’ offensive line has allowed 12 sacks.  They were able to overcome it in 2 of those games, but they may not be so lucky come playoff time.  Lucky for them, they have a week off to prepare.  I’m sure that will be on the top of Pete Carroll’s list for the week off before they try to make their run to the Super Bowl.

Niners3. San Francisco 49ers (12-4) LW (2)  

Julie Taylor: “Dude, you need to chill out, I’m not ESPN.”

Last season at this time, ESPN was anointing Colin Kaepernick the next big thing.  He couldn’t be stopped.  The 49ers were a lock to get to the NFC title game.  Well this season has been a roller coaster for the young QB and Coach Harbaugh just wants to show everyone why he chose him as the starting QB. Ignore the critics and just play football young gun.  Playoffs are here and its Kaepernick’s time to shine.

Panthers4. Carolina Panthers (12-4) LW (4) 

Coach Taylor: “A few will never give up on you. When you go back out on the field, those are the people I want in your minds. Those are the people I want in your hearts.”

Remember week 5?  The Panthers sure do.  That was when people were calling this a lost season and wanting Riverboat Ron to be fired.  Well the Panthers faithful never gave up on Ron and Cam Newton and guess what? They were rewarded.  Since then, they have gone 11-1.  Yes, 11-1 and have gotten a first round bye.  Throughout the playoffs, the Panthers just have to stay focused and remember what got them here.  Who knows, that may be the trick to a Super Bowl run.

Patriots5. New England Patriots (12-4) LW (5) 

Announcer: “Feed the dogs, spit the fire, lock up your daughters. Turn on the radio, sit down, and shut up ’cause it is game time, people!”

I can only imagine this has been uttered by the Patriots play-by-play staff once or twice in their time in the booth.  They solidified their spot as the #2 seed in the AFC and are playing the Patriot football we’ve all come to loathe over the years.  If Terrific Tom and Coach Belichick can pull it off this year, it may be their greatest performance of all time and we may be hearing this phrase come Super Bowl Sunday.
Bengals6. Cincinnati Bengals (11-5) LW (6)
Coach Taylor: “Are we not clear that in five days a group of men will be coming down here to destroy you? Is that… is that not clear?”
The Bengals are in and facing off against probably the worst team in the playoffs.  That doesn’t mean they should look past this game.  We are seeing Phillip Rivers 2.0 and while that may not be the most intimidating thing in the world, it still gives a reason to be concerned.  Plus, as seen in week 17, Andy Dalton can implode and throw 4 picks at any time.  And in the playoffs, they may not be quite as lucky to get the win.
Colts7. Indianapolis Colts (11-5) LW (8) 

Coach Taylor: “When Jason Street went down the first game of the season, everybody wrote us off. Everybody. And yet here we are at the championship game. Forty thousand people out there have also written us off. But there are a few out there who still believe in you.”

The Colts started off the year with high expectations after wins over the 49ers, Seahawks, and Broncos, like your Dillon Panthers.  When the team’s Jason Street, Reggie Wayne, went down, things quickly unraveled, until three weeks ago.  Now they are back in fine form and looking to make a run.  It may not be the championship game, but it sure could be in a month’s time.

Saints8. New Orleans Saints (11-5) LW (10) 

Buddy Garrity: “You know what, Eric? I’ll always care about the Panthers. Pam can cut off my head n’ stick it on a pike, but I’ll always care about the Panthers!”

Sean Payton cares about this team more than life itself.  He brought them back.  Saved them after the hurricane.  After all of that, he was suspended for a year.  He could have easily gotten out of town and taken over the Cowboys job, but instead he stuck with the team and brought them back to the playoffs. With Brees at the helm of this prolific offense, they are one scary team come playoff time.

Cheifs9. Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) LW (9)

Jason Street: “I think that if he plays up in Dallas like he played last Friday night, they’re gonna eat him for breakfast.”

Two weeks ago the Chiefs faced off against the Colts and it wasn’t pretty. Andrew Luck torched them and the offense couldn’t get going.  If the Chiefs want to pull off the upset and advance, most likely setting up a third showdown against the Broncos, Jamaal Charles and Alex Smith are going to have to step up.  It’s their time to shine.

Eagles10. Philadelphia Eagles (10-6) LW (NR) 

Smash Williams: “Coach Mac, I…”

Coach Mac: “They made a mistake, son.  Just like me.”

I can imagine this may have been a conversation that Chip Kelly and Riley Cooper had at the beginning of the year.  Riley was filmed making derogatory comments and when he came to Coach Kelly, who was under scrutiny for recruiting violations while at Oregon, he forgave him and moved on with the year. What a difference that has made at this team is now united and possibility the hottest team heading into the playoffs.  Fear the Eagles.

NFL Power Rankings After Week 15

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And we’re back!  A week off has helped me recover and prepare for this weeks rankings.  There was a lot of cleaning up to do.  Not sure if that was a lack of great performances from the top teams in the league, or the “football expert” himself not knowing what he was doing.  Give him a break though guys.  He’s a first timer.*

  1. SeahawksSeattle Seahawks (12-2) LW (2) – Playing Eli Manning sure makes any team feel great.  The Seahawks’ stellar defense picked him off 5 times and controlled the game from the get go.  Being one of the lone top teams to win this week makes them a shoe in for the top spot.
  2. BroncosDenver Broncos (11-3) LW (1) – The resurgence of Phillip Rivers was too much for them to handle.  Peyton looked average, in his terms, this week, and the run game was nonexistent. Looks like the AFC’s best isn’t invincible after all.
  3. CheifsKansas City Chiefs (11-3) LW (7) – After Jamaal Charles just torched the Raiders and single handedly won many fantasy playoffs in this one, the one seed is still up for grabs.  They’ll have to win out and hope that Peyton’s noodle arm makes a comeback in one of the next two weeks.
  4. NinersSan Francisco 49ers (10-4) LW (5) – They own the longest winning streak in the league at 4 and its perfect timing with only two weeks left before the playoffs.  The passing game is back, which was surely aided by the return of Michael Crabtree.  Tough luck though. At best, they’ll be the 5 seed.
  5. PatriotsNew England Patriots (10-4) LW (4) – Tommy Boy sure did miss Gronk this week.  While Amendola and Edleman did indeed step up this week, it wasn’t quite enough as Tommy couldn’t muster another last second win and instead threw a pick in the endzone with 2 seconds left to lose the game.  The Patriots will have to fix those road blues, because at this rate, they’ll only have one home game come playoff time.
  6. SaintsNew Orleans Saints (10-4) LW (3) – What was that?  I mean really?  Kellen Clemmons can’t win football games.  Drew Brees is twice the quarterback that he is.  While the latter statement is true, somehow the first is not.  The Rams put on a show over the Saints and has left Sean Payton looking to make some replacements this upcoming week.  That’s never a good sign.
  7. PanthersCarolina Panthers (10-4) LW (8) – At one point, a 6 seed looked like the best case scenario.  Now, there is the potential of getting the 2 seed and a first round bye.  All they have to do is win out and beat the Saints in the process, which is no easy task.
  8. BengalsCincinnati Bengals (9-5) LW (6) – There chances to move into the 2 seed were quickly squashed, as division rival Pittsburgh dominated the whole game in this one.  An easy week ahead with the Vikings coming to town will hopefully give them some momentum before they faceoff against the defending Super Bowl Champion Ravens in week 17.
  9. CardinalsArizona Cardinals (9-5) LW (10) – 9-5 gets you in the playoffs, right?  Not so fast my friend.  In the NFC it looks like the Cardinals could finish 11-5 and still get left out of the playoffs, while the Bears and Eagles will probably get in with records of 9-7.  That’s rough.
  10. ColtsIndianapolis Colts (9-5) LW (NR) – The most unpredictable team in the league is your very own Indianapolis Colts.  One week, nothing goes right, while the next nothing goes wrong. That’s great and all, but you’d like to think that this team is a Reggie Wayne injury away from being the 2 seed in the AFC.

*He didn’t do too bad did he folks? NFL Power Rankings After Week 14

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NFL Power Rankings After Week 14

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Finally. Nick turns the reigns over to the real football expert. So don’t worry, you won’t see the Colts in this week’s power rankings. And as I write this – you probably won’t see the Cowboys*. But who knows, there’s a lot of game left and I’m running this show. I might feel a little irrational as I start rounding out the Top 10. And because I don’t do this often, I thought I would use some help from an all-time classic. One of the most underrated, possibly best football movie ever. Of course I am not talking about Rudy. I’m talking about The Replacements.

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And without further ado, this week’s Oh’s Knows NFL Power Rankings.. According to me:

Broncos1. Denver Broncos (11-2) LW (2)

McGinty: “You’re looking at a 65-yard field goal here.”
Nigel ‘The Leg’ Gruff: “You just hold the ball, Shane, and I’ll kick the bloody piss out of it.”

If you have a guy on your team who can kick a 64 yarder, you’ve number one in our book. I guess it doesn’t hurt that the Broncos keep winning and keep getting a little bit of help from some other top teams around the league. The Broncos are by far the best team in the AFC and we sure aren’t worried about Peyton playing in the cold. The only question I have about the Broncos – when will Matt Prater turn his jersey number to 64? He has to right?

Seahawks2. Seattle Seahawks (11-2) LW (1)

McGinty: “Like a duck on the pond. On the surface everything looks calm, but beneath the water those little feet are churning a mile a minute.”

What do we make of these Seahawks? If they play at home. They win. If they go on the road – well, who knows. The Colts was a bad loss, but the 49ers are tough division matchup and we might be able to let that one slide. They’ve got to be worried about playing on the road at all during the playoffs so let’s hope whatever happened this past Sunday doesn’t happen again. Because I’d sure like to a chilly Broncos v. Seahawks Super Bowl.

Saints3. New Orleans Saints (10-3) LW (3)

McGinty: “You know what seperates the winners from the losers?”
Falco: “The score.”
McGinty: “No, getting back on the horse after getting kicked in the teeth.”

That might as well have been Sean Payton talking to a slow Drew Brees before the season started. These dudes were given the closest thing one team might see to the Death Penalty. They didn’t care. You know when you give coaches a bunch of time to plan for a game. Sometimes the more time the better for a coach. That coach would be Sean Payton. He had an entire year to dissect the entire NFL. Oh and it also helps he has a not slow Drew Brees tossing the ball to Jimmy Graham. Yeah that helps too.

Patriots4. New England Patriots (10-3) LW (5)

McGinty: “Falco! If I had wanted Cochran to have the ball I would have called it that way!”
Falco: “I read blitz.”
McGinty: “Bullshit! I put the game in your hands… you got scared.”
Falco:  “I READ BLITZ.”
McGinty: “Winners always want the ball… when the game is on the line.”

You know who isn’t afraid to have the game in his hands? Tommy Brady. Holy shit. Did anyone doubt that the Patriots would win that game against Cleveland down 2 scores with about 3 minutes left? I sure didn’t. Yeah they had a onside kick to recover, but let’s be serious – you just knew it would work out for Brady to get the ball in his hands and make magic. It seems like ever since the return of Gronk they are looking like an elite team again.. Now that Gronk is gone? Well we’ll see.

Niners5. San Francisco 49ers (9-4) LW (6)

McGinty: “The truth is, you guys have been given something that every athlete dreams of: a second chance. And you’re afraid of blowing it. We all are. But now our fear is shared, and we can overcome it together.”

The truth is the 49ers think they can make it back to the Super Bowl. And whose to say they couldn’t? They already beat the Seahawks this year, the one stable NFC team that poses the biggest threat. If they continue to feed the rock to Frank Gore, and their big, big scary defense plays well I don’t see any reason why they couldn’t get hot and make it back to the Super Bowl.

Bengals6. Cincinnati Bengals (9-4) LW (8)

Falco: “Hey coach, can I ask you a question?”
McGinty: “Yeah, shoot.”
Falco: “Why me?”
McGinty:  “I look at you and I see two men: the man you are, and the man you ought to be. Someday those two will meet. Should make for a hell of a football player.”

As far as I know the only reason people haven’t crowned the Bengals the best team in the league is because of Andy Dalton. He’s showed signed of greatness. And then he’s showed signs of Brandon Weeden. They’ve got a stellar defense, a Top 5 wide receiver in AJ Green and a nice little dual threat running game in Bernard and the Law Firm. If the current Dalton can meet ought to be Dalton, watch out world.

Cheifs7. Kansas City Chiefs (10-3) LW (7)

McGinty: “Hell of a game, that Sugar Bowl. What’d you lose that by, forty points?”
Falco: “That would be forty-five.”
McGinty: “Sometimes a game like that really sticks with you. You never shake it off.”
Falco: “Got three concussions to prove it.”
McGinty: “That’s why girls don’t play the game.”

It sure won’t be fun to have the 3rd best record in the league and have a 5th seed in the playoffs having to go on the road for any and every chance to make a run to the big one. The Broncos didn’t pummel the Chiefs, but they did make short work of them. And every since that first loss they just haven’t been the same. It’s been a helluva year for Big Red but I sure wouldn’t be planning a trip to New York anytime soon if I was a Chief.

Panthers8. Carolina Panthers (9-4) LW (4)

Falco: “I think I’m just going to lie here for a moment and collect my thoughts.”
Bateman: “Work shit out, right?”

Before Cam Newton and the Panthers mad the trip over to Nawlins, they were the hottest team in the league. After falling back to greatness and getting picked apart by Drew Brees – it’s okay it happens to a lot of people. They Panthers need to collect their thoughts. Cam is a superstar quarterback, and they’ve got some weapons. But something isn’t exactly clicking and they should be collecting something and praying to someone that they win that final Wild Card.

Eagles9. Philadelphia Eagles (8-5) LW (NR) 

Martel: “Nobody can beat Dallas with these losers!”
Falco: “I can.”

Footsteps Falco himself Nick Foles can! Well to be honest anybody can beat Dallas, Josh McCown just proved that to everybody. But if ANYONE can do it, it’s most certainly Nick Foles. To be fair, he might not even have to beat Dallas. And to be more fair he isn’t playing with a bunch of losers. The highly anticipated Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia offense seems to finally be clicking. And as long as they don’t trip, they’ve got the NFC East wrapped up.

Cardinals10. Arizona Cardinals (8-5) LW (NR) 

Falco: “Gentlemen. It’s been an honor to share the field of battle with you.”

I’m not going to lie. The only thing I know about the Cardinals is that they’ve got had a stellar defense before Tyrann Mathieu tore his ACL this past week. Yeah, yeah I know he’s not the whole defense, but he was looking like he might wrap himself up a Defensive Rookie of the Year Award and that’s a big loss. I’m still trying to get over the fact that Carson Palmer is the quarterback of this team. Hell when I heard they had a winning record I thought Kurt Warner made a comeback.

*I definitely jinxed the Cowboys. I am the reason why they got blown out by the Bears. Damnit. 

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Oh Word? The NBA Season Started.. 5 Things We Know

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Jabari+Parker+Duke1. NBA teams don’t know how to tank:  Is it “Riggin for Wiggins”? Or “Sorry for Jabari”? Or even “Too Tart for Smart”? However you spin it, some of these teams forgot what the definition of tanking is. Some of the top teams – that were expected to be at the bottom: Boston, Phoenix, Philadelphia and Washington are above .500 or even leading their Division. Boston clearly is rebuilding, yet are leading the Atlantic. What? Phoenix has a bunch of guys that you’ve never heard of – unless you are a fan of the D-League, but are competing in the West. Who knows what is going on in Philadelphia and until Washington changes their name back to the Bullets, don’t think they will be relevant again. I would imagine these GM’s aren’t entirely thrilled with the way their teams are playing. But Boston has Brooklyn’s picks for the next 50 years there’s a lot of season left for everyone. But the one team who obviously knows how to tank, the Cleveland Cavaliers is at it again. Wait. Didn’t you just have a number 1 pick. Oh 2 in the past 4 years? How’s that working out for you? Have fun in Cleveland Jabari.

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2. The West is good. The East is bad. The Top 3 teams in the West have a combined record of 44-10. The Top 3 teams in the East have a combined record of 40-16. That’s probably not the best way to look at it, because of the fact that the East has arguably the top two teams in the league with Miami and Indiana. Look out for Rip City though. How about the fact that the East only has 2-er 3 teams ABOVE .500. Three freaking teams. The West only has 3 teams below .500! Wow. If the playoffs were to start today, the Charlotte Bobcats (you read that right) would make the playoffs as an 8 seed, with a 8-11 record. Just lovely. 

453856269.jpg3. The Big Apple isn’t doing so hot:  What is going on in New York?  The Knicks have looked absolutely terrible.  The Nets and their millions haven’t been much better.  Both teams had high expectations this year and have done the except opposite.  I mean they are behind the Raptors (what?), the Celtics (what?!) and the 76ers (what?!?) after the first month of the season.  Who would have predicted that?  Injuries have plagued the Nets so there is still hope of a slight turnaround, but with Jason Kidd still on the bench and trying to spill $50,000 drinks on the court, there’s probably no hope.  The Knicks actually have no hope and continue to show that Melo cannot lead a team.  After seeing George Karl on ESPN the other day, it amazes me that a team would choose Kidd and Mike Woodson to lead their teams over him.  If things don’t turn around in the next month, heads will be rolling in the Greatest City in the World.

Derrick-Rose4. Derrick Rose has bad knees: (WARNING: I am comparing Derrick Rose to Brandon Roy. Well I am. But I am not saying that there skill level was ever even close to being the same. Just watch okay.) Poor Derrick Rose. You can’t help but feel bad for the guy. Remember Brandon Roy? Former Rookie of the Year, followed by 3 trips to the NBA All-Star game followed by terrible knees and an exit stage left to retirement after a short 6 and a half year playing career. Brandon Roy could ball. And he almost. Almost made Rip City relevant again. Think if his knees held up? Now. Think of Brandon Roy and times him by 3. Remember when Derrick Rose was torching people in 2011? He was a freak. He was doing things most humans couldn’t and shouldn’t be able to do. Growing up a few hours from Chicago, and a Michael Jordan fan – I’m not 100% sure why I dislike the Bulls so much, (couldn’t be their fans) but I dislike the Bulls. But as much as I disliked them, I loved seeing Derrick Rose play. You had to keep your eye on Derrick Rose at all times. If Derrick Rose was in the game, you wouldn’t go grab a beer or go to the bathroom or move an inch, until he was no longer in the game. Not a lot of guys can make you do that. I know I am talking like the dude died. He didn’t. And he will return to the NBA after two major knee surgeries in the past 2 years. But it just won’t be the same. Just won’t be the same.

5. Wake us up when Christmas rolls around:

Screen Shot 2013-12-06 at 5.24.18 PMWell they looked like good games at the start of the year. Either way – they are unveiling the NEW Holiday “BIG” uniforms. And this is really when things start getting good. Remember the lockout year? Yeah, they should really think about pushing the season back a few weeks and shortening the schedule a bit. Oh you would lose out on millions NBA? Oh. Well it was a thought. BALL NIGHT!

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NFL Power Rankings After Week 13

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There was some great football to be had this long holiday weekend… Just not much on Sunday.  The Thanksgiving special left Adam ecstatic, while Sunday’s early contest all but locked up the AFC South for Nick’s Colts.  The rest of the playoff picture continued to become clearer, as the Seahawks locked up the first playoff birth of the season.

  1. SeahawksSeattle Seahawks (11-1) LW (1) – Well that closes the debate as to the best team in football.  The Seahawks dominated the Monday night matchup against the Saints.  Granted it was at home, but it looks like if any other team wants to come out of the NFC for the Super Bowl, they’ll have to travel to Seattle.
  2. BroncosDenver Broncos (10-2) LW (3) – And it looks like the Broncos will control their fate in the AFC, as they defeated the Chiefs once again and basically locked up their division.  However, a loss would most likely mean all paths would lead through New England.
  3. SaintsNew Orleans Saints (9-3) LW (2) – Are the wheels coming off?  After barely beating the 49ers and Falcons, the Saints were finally unable to pull off the W against the Seahawks.  They will have a quick turnaround too, as Carolina comes into town for part 1 of the division crown showdown.
  4. PanthersCarolina Panthers (9-3) LW (4) – What is going to cause this team to finally lose?  Maybe the Saints? Ask me that even 3-4 weeks ago, I say without a doubt.  Oh how the tides have turned.  Now it looks like the Panthers are the ones with the all powerful momentum on their side in this one.
  5. PatriotsNew England Patriots (9-3) LW (5) – This team might be one of the most confusing in football.  I was ready to anoint them the best of the AFC, but they could barely defeat the worst team in the league and had to do so with two late field goals.  The schedule looks easy the rest of the way, but that may be a trap for this team.
  6. NinersSan Francisco 49ers (8-4) LW (7) – They finally have a shot at redemption.  Last time they faced off against the Seahawks, they were obliterated.  They’ve had some time to find themselves since then and now get the Seahawks at home.  The division crown is all but out of reach, but you know that Harbaugh would love to have some bragging rights over Carroll.
  7. CheifsKansas City Chiefs (9-3) LW (6) – Uh oh.  Three straight losses following the bye cannot have the fans in KC feeling very confident.  Their defense has played sub-par, at best, the past 3 weeks and will need a quick turnaround to help right the ship. Lucky for them their next two are against the lowly Washington football team and the Raiders.  Just what the doctor ordered.
  8. BengalsCincinnati Bengals (8-4) LW (8) – The battle for the 3 seed is on the line this upcoming week.  Cincy gets this one at home, which may be just enough to give them the advantage.  We will soon find out won’t we Big Red!
  9. CowboysDallas Cowboys (7-5) LW (10) – Two weeks in a row?!  That has to be some kind of a record.  Tony Romo looked great, as per usual, and DeMarco Murray showed signs of life from the running game. The rest of the schedule sets up for them nicely before a battle for the East against the Eagles in Week 17.
  10. ColtsIndianapolis Colts (8-4) LW (NR) – And they’re back!  Yes, they do deserve this spot, no matter how much grief I get.  They locked up the South and looked a little rejuvenated with the benching of Trent Richardson.  However, they are going to need to click on all cylinders this week against the Bengals.

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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

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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
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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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