By Evan Troxel (Associate Editor of Sports Content)
In case you haven’t been paying attention, the NFL Regular Season is here. Last season, the New Orleans Saints topped the Indianapolis Colts thirty-one to seventeen in Super Bowl forty-four.
This is how the regular season standings currently look like for the American Football Conference (AFC): In the AFC East Division the New York Jets and New England Patriots are tied with a record of seven wins and two losses and both teams have the best record in the AFC. They are two of the three teams who have the best record in the NFL. Meanwhile, the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers lead the AFC North Division with a record of six wins and three losses. The AFC South Division leader is the Indianapolis Colts with a record of six wins and three losses. In the AFC West Division the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs have a record of five wins and four losses.
In the National Football Conference (NFC): The NFC South Division and NFC leader is the Atlanta Falcons who have a record of seven wins and two losses and are also tied for the best record in the NFL. The NFC North Division leader is the Chicago Bears who have seven wins and three losses and beat the Miami Dolphins of the AFC East Division on Thursday Night sixteen to zero. If the Green Bay Packers (also from the NFC North Division) win this upcoming Sunday (November 21, 2010) against the Minnesota Vikings they will be tied with the Bears with a record of seven wins and three losses.
The Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants of the NFC East Division both have a record of six wins and three losses leading their division. The Seattle Seahawks of the NFC West Division have a record of five wins and four losses and lead their division as well. Two other teams from the NFC South Division—the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers—both have a record of six wins and three losses and could also be in the mix for a chance to go to the playoffs later this season.
Thanksgiving Day is just days away now and there’s one thing I always look forward to on Thanksgiving. That is watching the Detroit Lions (of the NFC North Division) and/or the Dallas Cowboys (NFC East Division) playing different opponents in a couple games of football. A third game has been played annually since 2006 with no fixed opponents. Maybe, I’ll change my habits this year and sleep off that turkey in the afternoon instead of watching football.
Both the Lions and Cowboys have a regular season record of two wins and seven losses this season. By the way, they both are playing head-to-head against each other this Sunday. It should be interesting to see who wins and who loses that game. Whoever loses between those two is going to have a tough time even being considered for going to the playoffs this season.
This year, the Lions will play the New England Patriots who are part of the AFC East Division. The Lions currently have a six game losing streak on Thanksgiving Day. The only two times the Lions have won this millennium were against the Green Bay Packers in 2003 and the New England Patriots in 2000. Hey, why not make it three wins for the millennium on Thanksgiving Day. Surprisingly, the Detroit Lions have been around a lot longer than most teams have and never been to a Super Bowl. The Lions currently have a record of 33 Wins, 35 Losses, and Two Ties on Thanksgiving Day.
The Dallas Cowboys meanwhile will host the New Orleans Saints (NFC South Division). The Cowboys currently have a four-game winning streak when playing on Thanksgiving Day. If I am not mistaken, the Saints have never played on Thanksgiving Day before. The Dallas Cowboys have a record of 27 Wins 14 Losses and 1 Tie on Thanksgiving.
The third and final game this season will be the Cincinnati Bengals at the New York Jets. The Bengals also have never played on Thanksgiving before. Super Bowl 45 will be played at the Dallas Cowboys home stadium.