Cowboys Hoping to Improve Record After Thanksgiving
Three years ago, I wrote a post about the Cowboys’ record after Thanksgiving. What I noted there was that between 1966 and 1984, the Cowboys’ record during the week after Thanksgiving was 16-1.
Between 1985 and 2007, though, the record in those games sank to 10-13. It has not gotten much better. In 2008, Dallas lost to the Steelers in a game that hurt the team’s playoff chances. One year later, the Cowboys had a one-game lead in the NFC East after Thanksgiving, but they lost to the Giants during week 13. In both 2008 and 2009, the Cowboys had won their Thanksgiving Day matchup.
Last season was a bit different. Dallas was unable to hang on to its lead against New Orleans on Thanksgiving and lost 30-27 to the Saints. A week later, Dallas traveled to Indianapolis to face the Colts. The Cowboys pulled out the win in overtime thanks in large part to Sean Lee’s breakout performance.
The last time that Dallas won both the Thanksgiving Day game and the next game was 2007, when the Cowboys beat the Jets on Thanksgiving and then wrapped up the NFC East by beating the Lions.