IRVING - NOVEMBER 22: Chris Canty #99, DeMarcus Ware #94, Terence Newman #41, and Greg Ellis #98 of the Dallas Cowboys eat pie as they are presented with the Phil Simms All Iron Award during the NFL game against the New York Jets at Texas Stadium on November 22, 2007 in Irving, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Ah, Thanksgiving--family and friends; turkey and stuffing; indigestion and cat naps; the Dallas Cowboys and some woefully over-matched opponent.
In a tale of wonderful scheduling--in the spirit of calling in the lowliest team possible to face you on Homecoming--on the part of the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys and their fans have now enjoyed four consecutive Thanksgivings with little worry over their beloved team, as they summarily stomp the cellar-dwellers if the NFL.
Like the mid-season, mid-montage games in formulaic football movies (this usually comes after the team has solved some initial problem, but before the resolution of the greatest problem, usually a championship game of some sort, has occurred), the Cowboys have run through their Turkey Day opponents in this span with nothing, for the most part, but certainty.
In 2006, the streak began with a 38-10 beat-down of the Bruce Gradkowski-led Buccaneers. In 2007 and 2008, the lowly, Sanchize-less Jets and the Seattle Seahawks fell victim, 34-3 and 34-9, respectively; and in 2009, of course, the Oakland Raiders were carved up like so many delicious turkeys yesterday--led to the slaughter by one Bruce Gradkowski--by a score of 24-7.
Over the four game winning streak, Dallas has outscored its' opponents 130-29.
Interestingly enough--though not at all surprising, considering their recent history--the Detroit Lions have gone in the opposite direction completely, losing their last four Thanksgiving Day games by a margin of 145-58, just a portion of a turkey day losing streak that dates back to George W. Bush's first term as president (or, more accurately, 2003).
Dallas is now 27-14 on Thanksgiving, for a .655 winning percentage.