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WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 12

TURKEY DAY TRIUMPH: Week 12 begins on Thursday with a Thanksgiving tripleheader for the 11th consecutive year. Traditional competitors Detroit and Dallas will host games during the day followed by a primetime nightcap.

 

GAME NETWORK KICKOFF
Minnesota Vikings (6-4) at Detroit Lions (6-4) CBS 12:30 PM ET
Washington Redskins (6-3-1) at Dallas Cowboys (9-1) FOX 4:30 PM ET
Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5) at Indianapolis Colts (5-5) NBC 8:30 PM ET

 

All six teams playing on Thanksgiving have a .500 or better record. It is only the second time in NFL history – and first since 1935 – in which the Thanksgiving schedule has at least three games and every team has a .500 or better record.

1935 THANKSGIVING GAMES 2016 THANKSGIVING GAMES
New York Giants (6-3) at Brooklyn Dodgers (5-4) Minnesota Vikings (6-4) at Detroit Lions (6-4)
Green Bay Packers (7-3) at Chicago Cardinals (5-3-1) Washington Redskins (6-3-1) at Dallas Cowboys (9-1)
Chicago Bears (5-3-1) at Detroit Lions (5-3-2) Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5) at Indianapolis Colts (5-5)

 

And, for only the third time in the past 20 years, every team playing on Thanksgiving won its preceding game (1998 and 2011).

— NFL —

RUMBLING ROOKIES: Dallas quarterback DAK PRESCOTT leads NFL rookies in passing yards (2,640), touchdown passes (17) and passer rating (108.6). Prescott can become the­ third NFL rookie to pass for at least 300 yards on Thanksgiving Day.

The rookies with the most passing yards on Thanksgiving Day:

 

PLAYER YEAR TEAM YARDS
Bob Waterfield 1945 Cleveland Rams 329
Robert Griffin III 2012 Washington Redskins 304
Paul Governali 1946 Boston Yanks 282
Matt McGloin 2013 Oakland Raiders 255
Jeff Komlo 1979 Detroit Lions 244

 

Cowboys rookie running back EZEKIEL ELLIOTT leads the NFL with 1,102 rushing yards, the third-most in a player’s first 10 career games, and ranks second in the NFC with 10 total touchdowns. Elliott can become the third NFL rookie to rush for at least 150 yards on Thanksgiving Day.

The rookies with the most rushing yards on Thanksgiving Day:

 

PLAYER YEAR TEAM YARDS
Abner Haynes 1960 Dallas Texans 157
Julius Jones 2004 Dallas Cowboys 150
Barry Sanders 1989 Detroit Lions 145
Nick Pietrosante 1959 Detroit Lions 134
Emmitt Smith 1990 Dallas Cowboys 132

— NFL —

FANTASTIC FITZGERALD: Arizona wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD had six catches last week, bringing his career total to 1,092 receptions and extending his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 189.

With a catch on Sunday at Atlanta, Fitzgerald would tie Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (190) for the third-longest streak in NFL history.

The most consecutive games with a catch in NFL history:

 

PLAYER TEAM(S) CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A CATCH
Jerry Rice San Francisco, Oakland 274
Tony Gonzalez Kansas City, Atlanta 211
Marvin Harrison Indianapolis 190
     
Larry Fitzgerald Arizona 189*
*Active streak    

With three catches against the Falcons, Fitzgerald would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer TIM BROWN for the fifth-most career receptions in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in NFL history:

 

PLAYER TEAM(S) RECEPTIONS
Jerry Rice San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle 1,549
Tony Gonzalez Kansas City, Atlanta 1,325
Marvin Harrison Indianapolis 1,102
Cris Carter Philadelphia, Minnesota, Miami 1,101
Tim Brown Los Angeles, Oakland, Tampa Bay 1,094
     
Larry Fitzgerald* Arizona 1,092
*Active    

— NFL –

30-FOR-30: New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES threw two touchdown passes last week, bringing his season total to 26. Brees has recorded at least 30 touchdown passes in eight consecutive seasons. ­

With four touchdown passes on Sunday against Los Angeles, Brees would tie PEYTON MANNING and Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE for the most seasons with 30+ touchdown passes (nine), and extend his NFL-record streak of consecutive seasons with 30+ touchdown passes to nine.

The most seasons with 30+ touchdown passes in NFL history:

 

PLAYER TEAM(S) SEASONS WITH 30+ TOUCHDOWN PASSES
Brett Favre Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota 9
Peyton Manning Indianapolis, Denver 9
Drew Brees* San Diego, New Orleans 8
Tom Brady* New England 6
Aaron Rodgers* Green Bay 5
*Active    

 

Brees, who has 29 career games with at least four touchdown passes, would also join Manning as the only players in NFL history to throw four or more touchdown passes in at least 30 games.

The most career games with at least four touchdown passes in NFL history:

 

PLAYER TEAM(S) GAMES WITH 4+ TOUCHDOWN PASSES
Peyton Manning Indianapolis, Denver 35
Drew Brees* San Diego, New Orleans 29
Tom Brady* New England 26
Brett Favre Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota 23
Dan Marino Miami 21
*Active
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