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deserved lead between the white
Is going to fire towards the
The Montana throw.
he do that?
To the end zone. Court!
We here at the NFL UK offices for
this special because as the season
gets to Thanksgiving all eyes turn
The festival of
the football couldn't be more
American. Thanksgiving and the NFL.
4/80 years the Detroit Lions have
always hosted a game on Thanksgiving
Thursday. The Dallas Cowboys for
over 50 years. In general, it's a
time for family and food and being
Want to hug it out?
appreciate you man.
In football the
bit about being kind is sort of
If Mr McKay, man.
Touchdown! -- gave me a stomach
What have we got going on
today? We got a Rio Ferdinand
What a great feature, what
a great guy. I was a little
starstruck I'll be honest, if I
didn't have you I would have lost my
cool. I was a little... You know, I
didn't have it together.
great dude. We've got an incredible
slate of games for you for the
people out there. We've got the New
York Giants at Washington Redskins,
we've got the Los Angeles Chargers
at the Dallas Cowboys. We've got
your homeboys, your friends...
Minnesota Vikings against...
This is a big week.
Where is Mark
He is down and out, he's
struggling, man. The winter weather
got to him.
You know what else,
we're not going to be too good at
the job because when Mark gets back
he might not have a job.
it together. Let's downplay our
What else? You had a
great things giving two.
bands giving them a shout out to my
friends Andy and Karen, great
Thanksgiving Navidi turkeys. Two
turkeys, three pies, my daughter ate
everything. Great time, great
people, it was everything
Thanksgiving is about.
I can tell
you had a good time, I can see the
stomach coming out.
I got to sit
back here man, keep all the food in.
Man, you know, let's get ready for
this first game, you know. Minnesota
Vikings against the Lions. Let's
check it out.
Hard to stop this friends down here.
-- offense. Second and go, passed to
the back of the end zone, touchdown
for Rudolph. Off of play action,
Rudolph gets to the back of the end
zone, easy touchdown to cap this
drive. Phelan at the top of the
screen. Keenan keeps it looking for
the block. Touchdown Minnesota. Here
Thanksgiving dinner. Eating
Pressure on... The touchdown for
Rudolph, what a throw under heavy
pressure. Kyle Rudolph has got his
second of the game, how good is
that? He knows he's unblocked and
has to hang in there, he's going to
get hit. Can he deliver a perfect
pass to an open Rudolph? Who is no
match for Whitehead. That's really
good. He's got to be smart right
here at this point before the half.
Good job to avoid the rush, floating
its downfield. The pass 's court.
Somehow at the 34-yard line. 1st &
goal. Stafford. It's court, to the
goal-line, Jones, touchdown!
big. It's huge coming away with
points. Before the end of the half.
Especially for the Lions with the
struggles they had offensively.
Excellent job by Matthew Stafford.
This one is caught from a touchdown,
Darren Fells. The ball was moving a
little bit, we'll take a look.
Verified it is a catch for a
touchdown. Oh my, the ball looks
like it's pinned against the ground
by Darren Fells. Guy the ruling on
the field will be changed to an
incomplete pass. 4th down and 11
yards to gain at the 14 and a half
This one down the
sideline. The catch is made.
Touchdown! What a catch. Marvin
Jones Junior. And Stafford is
writhing around in pain on his back
Got his legs taken out
and he immediately grabbed his right
You worry about that when you
get rolled up like that. He's
clearly on the ground in a lot of
pain. It's good to see Matthew
Stafford up and walking around. But
his right ankle taped up. You can
see it around his shoe. 4th down and
eight. Any hope for the Lions riding
on this point. In the air. Picked
off by eurgh. Xavier Rhodes makes
the play on the outside. Comes away
with the interception.
Marvin Jones have an awfully good
day against Xavier Rhodes but when
the game was on the line, Xavier
Rhodes in great position, makes a
play on the ball. That offside.
Being returned. A flag is down on
the play. The crowd going crazy.
Darius Slay came across ahead of the
snap, that is why he was there to
block the kick. Despite all the
hysteria, this is coming back.
Clearly offside but he sure gave
this crowd some excitement.
defensive play on the left side was
in the neutral zone that the snap,
5-yard penalty will create 1st down.
It creates a 1st down the middle
creates Neil Downes and it'll end up
a 7-point game. In the books now
seven straight for Mike Zimmer's
seven straight for Mike Zimmer's
Well, Jason, your boys did it
again, they keep winning.
Keenan is showing he's a legitimate
quarterback. -- the fact is able to
pull this off and play like this,
but competitive at the end but
ultimately he dominated the game.
Tell me about your boy Adam Phelan,
what a receiver, who knew he would
be this bad.
The fact is making
every play, he's fast, he's great,
he runs all the routs good. That's
why Keenum is playing so well.
Ultimately they can't double-team
digs any more. Going into the
playoffs they are a dangerous
That running game, Octavius
Murray... On top of that, that
defense. Your boy Xavier Rhodes was
getting picked on through the game.
In the end, made the game, stealing
interception. What a great player.
We know good corners are guys that
bounce back no matter what's
happening during the game you have
to make the big play when it counts,
that's what the best corners do.
Also coming back, fumbles, doing his
little dance, I like that guy.
Remember he had his shirt up, he had
a baby, he wanted to name the baby.
We all got a shot to name the baby.
He wanted fans to name his baby.
Seppi give me ideas, national Sage,
that's where you do it. -- national
Look how good this was with
Rio Ferdinand, check this out.
Welcome, welcome, welcome. Tadhg are
you all right? What has been your
experience with NFL outside the
I've always loved it.
I've never had one specific team,
I've always just who's been the best
team at the time, a glory hunter
call it over here. But, I let the
players, I've always liked Peyton
Manning, now Brady is the man. Jerry
Rice and people like that before.
Prime time. I love all the big
names, superstars, that's it.
are a superstar yourself. You're
supposed to like only superstars.
love it, it's crazy, the
explosiveness in the sport, the
velocity, especially now, with
technology, you can see stuff a lot
closer, you can hear it all, it
brings you much closer to the game
so it's even better now.
I saw him
do like the punt pass kick things
during Super Bowl. The man has
skills. What position do you think
you would be?
I want to be
quarterback, I want to be the
dictator, I need to set the tone,
set the play, call everything,
that's what I would like to have
been. It's like my position, I see
everything, when I play center back
on the field, I was at my best and
most comfortable when I could see
everything. That's the way I feel
with the quarterback, it's what it
looks like to me. That's where I
feel I would have been best.
you have been champions, big games,
does your mentality change?
that's the big battle you have
within yourself, not to realise the
magnitude of it and not let it get
into your body and mindset where you
think this is such a good big game I
have to perform under pressure
mounts within. When you get out
there the game takes its course. We
got into the Champions League
finals. It's big enough as it is but
you play against an English team
where the bragging rights are huge.
Within that team, their friends and
players that in three days' time I
will play with the national team.
Let me ask you about that because I
find that interesting we don't have
that in the NFL. I play against
Philadelphia Eagles and then a week
later we are on the national team
playing a different country. You
guys have that.
We had a generation
nicknamed the golden generation of
players. Expectations were huge for
us as a national team to go out
there and win something. That is
what held us back, not being able to
separate club ties from
international ties. That is where I
think our failures lie.
retired now, a successful pundit,
what do you do to keep the edge? As
ex-athlete we know we need that
City years I just
chilled, enjoyed life.
Did you get
I've got lucky jeans. I was to
working out but chilling. Someone
came out and said do you want to try
to become a professional boxer. They
didn't even blink I just went, you
know what, that's me.
Let's go, I want to do it. I'm not
scared of failure, they always
believe there will be an element of
failure somewhere, within training,
and you get through it or it might
be at the end if you're having a
fight. I'm going into training
learning everyday, every time I go
to that Jim is learnt something new
every time and it's testament to the
coach and the sport.
so are we, we are pundits. Your
pundit yourself, how do you feel
about having to call out players and
talk about certain things that maybe
you did yourself as a player? But
you still have to call them out, how
do you feel?
You acknowledge your
own failures and own faults and
mistakes, so it makes it more
comfortable for me to call up that
guy's mistake. It's not a real dig
at the person individually, it's
about sport, about the game we're
watching. I've had phone calls from
guys, why did you speak to me, you
could have spoken. Listen, this is
my job, you know that, respectively
that I'm going to tell the truth but
I'm always, I'm not coming for you
Let's talk about playing
over the holidays. I've done it,
you've done it, you've done it.
all hate it. I can assure you guys
are the same. My children now are
saying, you haven't got to go to
work, you haven't got to go to
football at 8:30am on Christmas Day.
As a fan I love it. Because I would
be bored over Christmas in terms of
TV if there was no sport. It's that
Can you believe Rio is
going into boxing? I would not want
to step in the ring with him.
either. I quite want to get in
there, little bit with Rio, see what
he's got. You know what's funny, you
could see the intensity talking to
him. He was still like a very
I like that
character. He still had it.
about to get into the Chargers
against the Cowboys.
Cowboys need to bounce back
offensively and figure it out. They
haven't been the same with Elliott
out. Prescott is fine to lead the
way to victory.
He's been struggling
without Elliott. These are two teams
heading in opposite directions.
Everybody wrote the Chargers for
dead to begin with. Now the Dallas
Cowboys who everybody thought would
be the team without Elliott
struggling. Let's see what happens
in this game.
He looks that way. He finds him, for
Henry. Watch Henry,
another back shoulder. He is
covered, but he throws to the other
side where the defender is not. He
throws Henry open.
All with rhythm.
Well done. Novak comes out for the
point after. He is down.
Anthony Lynn knows he may not be
able to call on him again.
Up the middle.
Oh, what a fake it was!
The flag is out.
Offense, number 77, 10 yard penalty,
replay, third down.
I want to see this one.
That is a huge play in this game.
You're going to see
Smith right there.
You do not dispute that.
You cannot do that one.
Here's a first down throw.
It is caught, plucked out
of the air by Tyrell Williams.
What a throw on the sideline.
Watch this, up the sideline, and
the ball is perfectly over his head.
That is exactly where
you want to throw that,
so he can go right over his head
and Anthony Brown tries
to get his hand in there.
Williams getting it in.
This one here, they just
like to run it to the left
and throw a fade up top.
There is the handoff.
Straight ahead, and
across for the touchdown.
And they are going for two.
A lot has gone wrong
for Dallas this game.
They're in it.
This two-point conversion gives
them a chance to get
into a one score game.
They like to move it a little.
Yeah, Beasley moving around.
To the sidelines.
Over the head of Williams.
This play is big.
And they're going empty and letting
Rivers call the play.
It is man-to-man coverage.
You have a running back
and a linebacker out here.
Rivers knows it is man.
He's going to walk up,
tell him who to block,
bring the running back back in,
slide over to the left line.
Ekeler has been big in the passing
game the last few weeks.
Looking the other way.
The pass back to Allen and no Cowboy
is able to stand up as Allen weaves
past them all for the touchdown.
What an effort by Keenan Allen.
A 42 yard touchdown.
Allen, wow, great route running.
And the finish.
Look at that!
Inside eight minutes.
Prescott, trying to cut
off the angle for King.
King has got a blocker in front.
He's going to take it the distance.
The final score, the Los
Angeles Chargers 28,
and the Dallas Cowboys 6.
I'm going to assume, Jason,
that nobody on the Dallas
Cowboys is your friend.
Based on the way they are playing.
What is going on?
Man, did you see Philip Rivers
dismantle that secondary?
It was crazy, because even though
he had a couple of incompletes
at the beginning, he came back to it
and said, this is what we're
going to do, we're going to attack
these guys, and you see the results.
He had his Thanksgiving meal right
on the Cowboys' field.
He destroyed their football team.
I have never seen them
play so bad on defense.
Offensively, they just
Do you like that?
That is good.
I have been in England for a while,
I have learned English language.
Quite frankly, I did not
think the Dallas Cowboys
were going to fall down this far
without Zeke Elliott.
Who would have imagined
that he meant that much to the team?
I was all about the offensive line
and I thought they could put anybody
back there, but him not being there
has made all the difference
to this football team.
I have got to ask you,
because I'm starting
to hear these words,
little birdies talking
about Dak Prescott, might be
a bust, what do you think?
Not at all.
Quarterbacks have their ups
and downs but ultimately young
quarterbacks always have
help from somebody.
If he had the help of the running
game, he could lean on that.
In this situation, he needs the kind
of wide receivers that get open
so he knows who is open
and he can make those throws.
They are still in second
place in the NFC East,
four games behind the Philadelphia
Maybe by the end of this week
with Philly playing Chicago
they will be five games behind.
What do you think of their chances
of making the play-offs?
I am not sure they are heading
in the right direction just now.
It does not look positive.
Just because they have got a lot
of holes that need to be filled
and it does not look
like it is going to happen.
They have a 0% chance
of making the play-offs,
ladies and gentlemen.
If you missed our Tuesday
show, the NFL This Week,
it is on the iPlayer right now,
but if you want a flavour
of what happened last weekend,
check out these bits.
The New England Patriots
and the Oakland Raiders.
South of the border
and high above sea.
At 7,000 feet in Mexico City,
the reigning Super Bowl champions
going about their rarefied business,
relentless in their
statement of intent.
To all you out there,
if you want the crown,
you're going to have to take
it from us.
Give it up.
You keep it up, man.
We're going to try.
The Philadelphia Eagles
at the Dallas Cowboys,
Dak Prescott hunted down,
the Eagles circling their prey, and
then striking in the second half.
Nigel Bradham, took it
in for a touchdown.
This is a blow out.
My nickname is Sweetpea.
Taking to the air again,
the Philadelphia highflyers.
The Detroit Lions
at the Chicago Bears.
A Great Lakes game.
The Bears, rooted to
the bottom of the NFC North.
The Atlanta Falcons
at the Seattle Seahawks.
The tension that comes
with chasing a game.
Atlanta building their lead
and Russell Wilson leading
the charge in the comeback.
A last chance, in
Blair Walsh's range?
The LA Rams at the
How to avoid being sacked?
He went through my soul.
Keenan to Murray.
The Vikings out in front
of the NFC North.
Washington Redskins at New Orleans.
The Saints on a streak of seven,
deep into the fourth quarter,
and the chances of making
it a straight eight?
But then, Alvin Kamara.
It is caught by Kamara.
In he goes into the end zone.
And a chance for Wil Lutz to keep
the Saints on their roll.
The Kansas City Chiefs
at the New York Giants.
Not at touchdown-fest here.
More Janoris Jenkins
than wide receivers.
a spectacular exception.
And the Giants have earned
their second win of the season.
The Green Bay Packers
at the Baltimore Ravens.
The defense of the Ravens
feasting on Brett Hundley.
He's going to be sacked.
Both teams now five and five,
but whose wild card prospects
are more realistic?
That is a good one, look
at them all together,
it is a good orchestrated dance.
Well, Jason, last game.
The New York Giants, the lowly,
lowly New York Giants,
versus the Washington Redskins.
I mean, this is a team,
the New York Giants,
trying to find their identity,
Washington we already know
has a good quarterback,
suffered some injuries,
but this is a good football team.
The New York Giants,
what is going on with those boys?
They need to figure it out,
they are playing for their jobs.
Right now they get the label
of quitting so they need to step it
up and need a victory.
Let's look at the highlights,
Giants rush forward.
Cousins in trouble.
On the run.
They just have to keep working
on the outside, stepping up
and through was Kirk Cousins
and the one thing that breaks down
zone defenses more than anything
else is quarterback movement
because now you have to be
responsible inside that zone
for five, six different seconds,
and Kirk Cousins finally
wakes up this offense.
Have to get to the 35 to convert.
Swinging out here and it is picked
off down the sideline
goes Janoris Jenkins.
He's inside the ten,
and he will get into the end zone.
Janoris Jenkins, with the pick
and the run back, and an extra
point will tie the game.
Second and eight.
To the end zone.
It is caught for a touchdown.
Watch this play fake.
Kirk Cousins takes such great
pride in his ability
to make those play fakes.
He is the number one quarterback off
of play action passes
in the National Football League,
and the reason, he sells it.
He sold it hard, got
the one-on-one coverage,
and I tell you who else sold it down
the field, Josh Doctson.
Beat Jackrabbit Jenkins on the play.
The Redskins take a 16-10 lead
with three and a half to go.
You have got two 19s.
If you want to kick it,
you have got all three timeouts
plus the two-minute warning
but when you are two
and eight, whatever.
Go for it.
Fourth and three and they will.
Or at least line up to.
Manning is going to get enveloped,
sacked, penalty, lost the ball.
Giants have it but will
lose it on downs.
We will see about the call.
Offense, number 74.
Penalty is declined.
This is exactly why the Giants
are playing the kind
of offense they are,
the conservative style
because they could not
hold up on the outside,
and for Junior Galette,
who has had Achilles issues
for two straight years,
to make a game-winning play
like that, you know it
has to mean something.
Eli hit as he throws.
That will be picked off
at the 14 yard line.
That will be the finish to it.
Kendall Fuller, having a really good
year, will just about end it.
Junior Galette put the pressure
on Manning and hit him as he threw.
McAdoo can only look
on as his team is on the cusp
of going two and nine.
The Redskins can run the clock out.
Is it over?
Is it over?
I just wanted to keep my head down.
You looked crushed.
You should be used it by now
because they have lost
eight games already.
You know you cannot lose hope, man,
you have got to hope for the best,
especially after last week,
you thought they had
maybe found their way.
I am lost for words.
Offensively, they are
a shell of themselves.
I cannot understand how they fell...
It is not like they were
playing well last year.
I cannot understand how
they fell so far this year,
even with Odell Beckham earlier
in the year.
They are worse than last year.
This is a terrible
performance by Eli.
I know he does not have the weapons
around him, but with Odell,
at least they had a little spark
where he would make that play
and get them in the game,
get that emotion up,
but without that, it is like
they are sleepwalking.
I hate using the quitting word,
I am not saying that,
I am not going to say that,
but I feel that.
Defensively, at least
they are showing some signs of life,
but overall, as a football team,
the New York Giants are playing
terrible football this entire season
and who knows what will happen
at the end of the year?
I do not know.
It is not looking good.
A lot of people have to go.
A lot of people have
to get other jobs.
All those games are done.
Let's see what it
means to the tables.
In the AFC East, the New England
Patriots are on top as usual.
I am not sure about
the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Are you serious?
I really like Pittsburgh,
man, but we will see.
AFC South, the
Not the Jacksonville Jaguars,
the Sacksonville Jaguars.
I know that felt good to you.
Yes, it did.
In the AFC West, the Kanas
City Chiefs are on top,
but I have a feeling that
Kansas City will not
be on top for long.
I like the Los Angeles Chargers.
If the play-offs were to start now,
this is what we have.
The top four are always
the divisional winners.
The fifth seed, the Tennessee
Titans, the sixth seed,
the Baltimore Ravens.
These are the teams looking in.
Let's talk about the NFC,
where the real battles are.
Right now and on the East,
the Philadelphia Eagles on top.
In the North, the Minnesota Vikings
with my friends on top.
The South is where
the real battle is.
You have the New Orleans Saints
on top but you have battles
from Carolina and Atlanta.
It is tough.
In the West, you have got
the Los Angeles Rams
with that offense on top.
In the NFC, the play-off
picture looks like this.
Once again, the two teams coming out
of the South are pushing for those
wildcard spots and have the ability
to move forward.
My man, what games are you looking
forward to this week?
We have got some good games,
some divisional matchups.
Miami Dolphins against
New England Patriots.
Miami at New England.
We also have the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers at the Atlanta Falcons.
A tasty divisional game.
Tampa is not playing that well
but it is still a divisional game,
so it should be a great game.
They always play each other tough.
Last but not least,
we have got a tasty game.
We have got the New Orleans Saints
at the Los Angeles Rams.
You know it is crazy,
the battle this week with those two
teams is New Orleans defense
against the Rams offense,
and Marshon Lattimore
got hurt last week.
They need him on the field.
When he went out, you saw
what happened to their secondary.
Their secondary has got to play
tight and communicate
well against the Rams
or they could be dominated.
It should be a little easier
for them because Robert Woods,
the outstanding receiver
for Los Angeles, is not going to be
playing for a couple weeks,
so without Lattimore,
they should be OK.
They should be able
to contain Los Angeles.
We will see what happens.
It will be a tight battle,
it is the game of the week.
Well, ladies and gentlemen,
the next time you will see us
will be on Tuesday, on BBC Two,
11:15, NFL This Week.
My man, I tell you what,
you are impressive.
You like that?
I like the flow.
You really ran this good.
You know in the NFL,
it is the more you can do...
The more YOU can do.
We need our boy, Mark Chapman,
man, sitting right here.
We miss you, man.
Come on back, man.
They will forget you quick.
See you guys next time.