Texas, Washington teams win on Thanksgiving


Tre Sangiacomo, Sports Editor

Thanksgiving, a time to celebrate family, and anything else that you may be thankful for in life. Since 1934, where the Detroit Lions hosted the Chicago Bears to a feast and a football game, Thanksgiving Day football forever became a tradition ever since. 

This year instead of three games we only had two games due to a Baltimore Ravens COVID-19 outbreak that has seen a total 20 members of the team test positive. That game was moved to Dec. 2  

The two matchups that we saw this year were the Detroit Lions facing off against the Houston Texans, as well as the Washington Football Team facing off against the Dallas Cowboys. Both were high-scoring games, which made for a great day to watch football.

In the first game, the scoring started off quick with a touchdown by Texans defensive end J.J Watt off of an interception by Matthew Staford. 

The Texans defense made sure to keep Staford off balance all day. After that early score, the Texans did not let up until the game ended. 

Texans quarterback Deshuan Watson threw for four touchdown passes in the game. Two of those touchdown passes came in the fourth quarter, with the Texans already up big towards the end of the game, but Watson threw away any chance of the Lions coming back in this one. Watson threw for 318 passing yards, as well as 17 completions in 25 attempts. 

Watson also extended his streak of games without a pick six, making his streak now six straight games. Watson also has had 15 touchdowns in those last six games. 

Wide receiver Will Fuller had only six catches, but totaled up 171 yards, with three touchdowns to go along with it. 

The second game of the day we saw the Washington Football team go into first place in the NFC East. 

The scoring for Washington was headlined by returning quarterback Alex Smith who has been out for the last season and a half after a gruesome injury almost cost him his right leg and what many thought to be his football career. On Nov. 18, 2018, Smith suffered a compound fracture that broke his tibia and fibula in his right leg that required a total of 17 surgeries just so he could use his leg again. 

While Smith headlined with his return to the field, rookie Antonio Gibson ran through the defense all game, totaling three touchdowns with 115 yards on 20 carries. Gibson also became just the second rookie in NFL history to have three touchdowns on Thanksgiving since Randy Moss did it in 1998. 

With a loss to Washington, the Cowboys fell to last place in the division, and with a Giants win Sunday, Washington is now tie for first in the division.