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NFL Thanksgiving grades: Vikings, Kirk Cousins get a prime-time ‘A-‘; Cowboys, Bills shine in comebacks

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The NFL certainly had a strong Thanksgiving slate up its sleeve this season, making annual holiday games even better than most years. Five of the six teams had record wins heading into their Thanksgiving Day games, tying in 2011 and 2014 (the NFL started with three Thanksgiving Day games in 2006).

The combined record of the six teams playing this Thanksgiving is 39-21, and the .650 winning percentage between the teams is the second highest since the Thanksgiving schedule went to three games. The highest winning percentage was .682 in 2011.

Fans were treated to a thriller in the first game of the day, as Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills held off the Detroit Lions with a last-second field goal in a back-and-forth affair that was a Thanksgiving classic. In the second game, the Dallas Cowboys came from a halftime deficit to sweep the New York Giants behind big games from CeeDee Lamb and Ezekiel Elliott. And in the nightcap, Kirk Cousins ​​played well in the primetime lights – as did Justin Jefferson – as the Vikings beat the Patriots to go 9-2. Here are our numbers for every team that played on Thanksgiving:

Buffaloes 28-25 over Detroit

Bills-Lions Numbers by Jeff Kerr (Love the numbers? Hate the numbers? Let him know on Twitter.)

Dallas 28-20 over New York Giants

Giants-Cowboys Numbers by Bryan DeArdo (Love the numbers? Hate the numbers? Let him know on Twitter.)

Minnesota 33-26 over New England

Patriots-Vikings Numbers by Tyler Sullivan (Love the numbers? Hate the numbers? Let him know on Twitter.)

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