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Late Thanksgiving Day games open thread

The Lions are done, but football is just getting started.

Washington Redskins v Dallas Cowboys sPhoto by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

The Detroit Lions’ Thanksgiving Day Classic against the Chicago Bears is done, but football is just getting started on this American holiday. Up next, the Dallas Cowboys take the stage, and after that the NFL third game of the day takes the nightcap.

The Cowboys will host the Buffalo Bills in a crucial game for both teams. The Bills are surprisingly on the Patriots’ heels in the AFC East with an impressive 8-3 record, but they still have plenty of doubters after their cupcake schedule. A win over the 6-5 Cowboys would give them legitimacy and maybe even an outside chance to contend for the division.

After that, the Saints and Falcons face off on Thursday Night Football for a battle in the NFC South. The Saints are aiming for a first-round bye in a top-heavy NFC, while the Falcons are chasing a top-five pick. It’s a far cry from where this rivalry has been, but all odds are off when NFC South teams play each other. So expect the unexpected.

Enjoy the games, everyone, and Happy Thanksgiving.