NFL Thanksgiving Day grades: Bills earn ‘A-‘ for preventing Lions upset; clock management hurts Detroit effort

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The NFL certainly had a strong Thanksgiving slate in store this year, a rich feast of excellent matchups that makes the annual holiday games better than most years. Five of the six teams had winning records headed into their Thanksgiving Day games, tying a league-high set in 2011 and 2014 (the NFL started having three Thanksgiving Day games in 2006). 

The combined record of the six teams playing this Thanksgiving is 39-21, and the .650 win percentage between the teams is the second-highest since the Thanksgiving schedule went to three games. The highest win percentage was .682 in 2011.

Fans were treated to a thriller in the first game of the day, as Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills held off the Detroit Lions with a last-second field goal in a back-and-forth affair that was a Thanksgiving classic. We’re grading each the three Thanksgiving games — a bit of stuffing to add to the meal. Stay tuned for grades from each.

Buffalo 28-25 over Detroit

Cowboys vs. Giants: Grades to come

Vikings vs. Patriots: Grades to come

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