We all know the Cowboys have a distinct advantage playing Thanksgiving. On a short week they get to play at home and the proof is in the results: 29-16-1.
That advantage, obviously, is maximized when the Cowboys get to play at home on the Sunday before and rest while their Turkey Day opponents travel. Or is it?
Strangely enough, history indicates that the Cowboys play better on Thanksgiving after a road game rather than a home game. As in, on Thanksgiving Day after a road game they are 15-6-1, compared to only 14-10 after a home game.
While that could mean a positive result for next Thursday against the Eagles in Arlington, history doesn’t bode well for this Sunday against the Giants. In road games before Thanksgiving, the Cowboys are only 11-11, compared to 19-5 at home on the game before Turkey Day.
And whatever happens Sunday in New York, history says there’s a good chance of it repeating four days later. Of the Cowboys’ 46 two-game Thanksgiving scenarios, a whopping 33 times (72 percent) they’ve either won both (24) or lost both (9).
Bottom line: While playing at home on Thanksgiving is definitely an advantage, and their combined record in the game before/on Turkey Day is 59-32-1. But playing on the road four days prior is merely a 50/50 proposition.
COWBOYS THANKSGIVING TWO-STEP
On road before Thanksgiving: 11-11
At home before Thanksgiving: 19-5
On Thanksgiving after road game: 15-6-1
On Thanksgiving after home game: 14-10
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.