It is the time of the year where families and friends get together and force themselves to enjoy turkey because they have been conditioned to like it during the holidays. Oh, and to watch football, of course.
This year, as is tradition, the NFL has three matchups throughout the day. First, the Bears and the Lions kick off the afternoon in Detroit, followed by the Raiders visiting the Cowboys, and capped off with the Bills taking on the Saints in New Orleans. However, this isn’t about the games. It’s about the turkeys. And remember, the only good turkey comes from bowling three strikes in a row.
Here are your turkeys for the 2021 NFL season.
Much like Turkey, we have been conditioned to accept the Lions on Thanksgiving because it is tradition. It’s time to stop the suffering. End this tradition now and make this holiday even better for the masses. The Lions enter their annual Turkey Day matchup at 0-9-1. Yup. Zero wins and no hope moving forward. Since the start of the 2018 season, the Lions are 14-42-2 after making the playoffs two out of four seasons under Jim Caldwell. They were 0-2 in both wildcard appearances. In fact, they haven’t won a playoff game since 1991. It is time to give the spotlight to a team that actually matters after September.
Things have not been right with the Bears for quite some time. Reports surfaced earlier in the week that head coach Matt Nagy will be fired following the Bears’ Thanksgiving Day matchup against the Lions. Despite not denying the reports public, Bears owner George McCaskey has told players and coaches that the report is false. Not that it wouldn’t be justified. Since his first season in which the Bears went 12-4, Nagy has led the Bears to back-to-back 8-8 seasons and have stumbled to a 3-7 start this year. They have made the playoffs twice under Nagy but are 0-2. The Bears franchise hasn’t won a playoff game since 2010 with Lovie Smith as their head coach and Jay Cutler as the quarterback. They now have rookie Justin Fields and perhaps the best thing for his development is to move on from Nagy sooner rather than later.
Jason Garrett may ultimately be the scapegoat turkey after his firing but the real dry bird is head coach Joe Judge. His game mismanagement skills were on full display Thursday against the Buccaneers as they slid to 3-7 in his second season as Giants head coach. They were a very mediocre 6-10 in his first year with many of the same issues. It’s not necessarily a talent problem, save for the quarterback position. We can all appreciate Judge has one arm tied behind his back with third-year signal-caller Daniel Jones but that doesn’t excuse the myriad of mistakes he has made in just a short time as the head coach. If he doesn’t make it to a third season, he will be the third straight Giants coach to do so after Tom Coughlin left after 12 seasons and two Super Bowl wins.