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Football feast on tap today

Thanksgiving.

Of all the holidays we celebrate, it long has been my favorite.

It means spending a day with family and friends, the people who we most cherish in our lives.

Usually, the weather outside dictates we will spend a lot of the time inside and that means watching football.

Today’s menu brings us five games, three National Football League contests and two college games.

Traditionally, the NFL lineup has consisted of home games for the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys. Given the lack of recent success of those two franchises, we’ve often been subjected to some brutal football.

The matchups today, however, are intriguing ones. Start with the 12:30 p.m. game that will see Detroit host Green Bay. The Lions are stinging from last week’s home loss to Tampa Bay. Green Bay’s season took an immediate nosedive when quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered an injury that has turned the Packers from contenders to pretenders.

But this is the NFL, where parity rules and very few teams totally are out of playoff contention. Both teams need this win today. It’s hard to imagine the Lions playing back-to-back home stinkers, but then again it’s the Lions.

On to Dallas, where Jerry Jones’ Cowboys, despite a lot of struggles, can still win the NFC East.

Dallas drew a patsy in today’s 4:30 p.m. gane in the visiting Oakland Raiders, who have struggled at quarterback. Who would have thought a division composed of the Cowboys, Eagles, Giants and Redskins would struggle to have anyone above .500, but Dallas and Philadelphia are tied for the lead at 6-5.

The best NFL game of the day is the 8:30 nightcap.

The defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens playing host to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Both are 5-6, yet the Steelers are soaring and the Ravens are reeling.

It’s possible the defending champs won’t even make the playoffs. If they’re going to, they almost have to win this one.

The college ranks bring us two in-state rivalries, both at 7:30 p.m. In the Big 12, Texas plays host to Texas Tech.

It’s a big game for embattled Texas coach Mack Brown, who has handled all the speculation surrounding his future with the Longhorns with great diplomacy. He’s a class act and a guy worthy of our support.

The other contest is the annual SEC showdown featuring Ole Miss at Mississippi State, two programs that likely would be successful in any other league but struggle to be competitive in the mighty SEC.

It’s a good lineup. One that should keep us entertained.

Family, friends and football.

For once straight F’s is a good thing.

Contact Dave Poe at dpoe@newsandsentinel.com