Thanksgiving Day games: Effects on the Bills

Nov 24, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens cornerback Corey Graham (24) reacts after intercepting a pass in the fourth quarter against the New York Jets at M

There are three games on Thanksgiving this year.  Two of the games have three teams that are going to have an effect on the Buffalo Bills and their playoff hopes.

The second game of the day features the Oakland Raiders and the Dallas Cowboys.  In this game the Bills will need the Dallas Cowboys to beat the Oakland Raiders.  This will send the Raiders to a 4-8 record and put them basically out of playoff contention.  With a loss, the teams in contention will go from 9 to 8, including the Bills.

Offensively, both teams are pretty close statistically, but the Cowboys own the air and the Raiders own the ground.

The Cowboys are fighting with the Giants for the top spot in the NFC East.  The Giants will face off against the Redskins this week so expect both teams to let it all loose.  The Raiders are on their last leg as the Bills are so look for a good game against them.

Since 2000, the Cowboys have played every year on Thanksgiving Day and have a 7-6 record.  They are 2-2 in their last 4 and have won every other with a loss last year.  This year should be a win if tendencies hold up.

The third game on Thanksgiving is going to be the one to watch.  This features the Steelers and the Ravens.  Both teams won this past week and are sitting with a 5-6 record.

The Steelers finish off with the Dolphins, Bengals, Packers, and Browns as their last 4.  The Ravens have the Vikings, Lions, Patriots, and the Bengals.

Statistically, the Steelers have the edge on offense and the Ravens have the edge on defense.  The Bills also have the head to head tie breaker with the Ravens.

Based on toughness of schedule, the Bills need the Ravens to win this week against the Steelers as they meet the Patriot and Bengals in the last two weeks of the season.

The Bills need each of these team to lose 2 of their 5 games remaining and one of the losses will come this week.  The question is who will it be.  A Steelers loss will be more beneficial to the Bills than a win.

Ravens win 24-17.

Cowboys win 31-21.

Topics: Buffalo Bills, Cowboys, Raiders, Ravens, Steelers, Thanksgiving

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