NFL on Thanksgiving Day: Food & Football [Preview]

Football is as much a part of Thanksgiving as turkey and awkward family moments. Unfortunately, the two teams required by the 28th Amendment to host games on Thanksgiving, the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys, haven’t provided too many memorable match-ups in recent history. But this Thanksgiving, five out of the six teams in action are in the playoff mix, and at least two of the games should be very entertaining.

Photo by guyfromlargo, CC BY-NC 2.0

Let’s take a look at what’s on tap.

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2011 NFL Season Preview

The dreaded lockout that threatened to shorten the NFL season ended without any significant damage.  The owners and players reached a deal in late July, after nearly 5 months of heated negotiations to preserve the entire 2011 regular season.

Now, after all of the lockout drama and an incredibly boring preseason, the 2011 NFL season is upon us. The rosters have been trimmed down, the final cuts made and all 32 teams are now preparing to begin their quest to hoist the Lombardi Trophy in Indianapolis next February.

Let’s take a look at the three biggest games of the year and why their impact is so great.

1.) Week 1:  (September 8, 2011) Green Bay Packers vs. New Orleans Saints. Lambeau Field, 8:30pmEST

Lambeau Field- Home of Super Bowl XLV champion Green Bay Packers, and site of the the 2011 NFL season opener. Photo by Michael Brown.

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