The good, bad and ugly from NFL’s 2021 Thanksgiving games: Bills are back, Cowboys in trouble, Lions listless

Six different NFL teams hit the field on Thanksgiving for early Week 12 action. All three of the visiting squads ended up victorious. And two of the three games ended up going down to the wire. But who won and lost Turkey Day? Who should be making themselves another dinner plate to celebrate their day, and who should be cramming food down their gullet in sorrow? We’re here to tell you.

Let’s identify the good, the bad and the ugly from the NFL’s Thanksgiving action:

The good

The Bills looked a lot like contenders once again, waxing the Saints into the Superdome turf with Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs, Dawson Knox and their defense all showing out. Buffalo still needs more from its ground game, which could help take some pressure off Allen, but this was a big step in the right direction. The Saints are beat up, yes, but to rout them by 25 on the road on a short week? That’ll build confidence.

Josh Allen isn’t out of the MVP conversation just yet. He still forces one too many throws, but he was efficient for most of the Bills’ big win, finishing with four scores through the air and leading Buffalo in rushing.

DeSean Jackson finally made some (good) noise for the Raiders, making the most of his three catches against Dallas: 102 yards and a big score that helped Vegas upset the Cowboys in a much-needed win. Jackson may be a one-trick pony, but when he’s galloping at full speed, this is the damage he can do.

Hunter Renfrow has balled out this year, and that continued against the Cowboys. He’s up to 658 receiving yards — a career high — with six games to go. Him staying healthy will be key for the Raiders’ stretch run.

Derek Carr certainly took a step forward in carving up the Cowboys’ defense. He’s experienced some untimely drop-offs down the stretch in recent years, and that looked to be the case this season. But he was the most confident he’s been in weeks on Thursday.

The Cowboys…


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