RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:
MIKE PESCA: Hi.
MONTAGNE: The first game matches the New England Patriots with the Detroit Lions. Now, Detroit hasn't had a winning season in ten years and the Patriots haven't had a losing season in ten years. So does this mean the game will be a mismatch?
PESCA: Now, I implore you, if you have any interest in this sort of thing, watch the game and watch that mass taking up room in the middle of the Detroit Lions defensive line. He's a large but fast man. I would watch the game to see how Ndamukong Suh puts pressure on the New England Patriots line, harasses their quarterback, causes havoc for the Lions on defense.
MONTAGNE: The other team that plays every Thanksgiving is the Dallas Cowboys. And like the Lions, they're not doing well. They've only won three games. What does that mean for their match up with the defending Super Bowl champion Saints?
PESCA: So we could see a very high scoring and very entertaining game. Or, it could be a blowout.
MONTAGNE: And now to the third game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the New York Jets. Is that worth staying up to watch?
PESCA: The Jets have proven to be an exciting story off the field and a team that you just want to watch if you like last minute excitement in football.
MONTAGNE: And, Mike, you know, I was wondering, do teams see playing on Thanksgiving as a perk, or, as really, you know, a crummy way to spend the day?
PESCA: Now, it would seem that every coach would say, well, it shortens the other guy's schedule, too. But every coach thinks they're the smartest one out there. So they think that if their schedule was shortened and they have less time to prepare, it'll hurt their team more.
MONTAGNE: Mike, thank you for being with us on this day - this Thanksgiving.
PESCA: You're welcome.
MONTAGNE: This is NPR News.
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