Thanksgiving is always a big day for football fans. It’s time to stuff your face and watch some of the biggest games of the year. But this year things will be a little different in the NFL.
The Lions will play the Texans in the first game of the day. The Cowboys will face off against Washington. But fans hoping to see the Steelers play the Ravens will have wait. The NFL has moved that game until Sunday. Seven Baltimore players and several team staff members tested positive for COVID-19.
Here are some of the most notable story lines for Thursday’s slate of games.
Ezekiel Elliott Hopes to Set Thanksgiving Record
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott can become the first player in NFL history to eclipse 100 scrimmage yards in four consecutive Thanksgiving starts, NBC Sports reported. Elliott has 400 yards in the past three Thanksgiving games. Though, he missed the 2017 contest because of a suspension.
He would also tie Hall of Famers Michael Irvin and Barry Sanders for the players with the most 100 yard games on Thanksgiving. Only Emmitt Smith would have more with eight games of 100 yards or more on the holiday, NBC sports said.
This could be a difficult task for the Cowboys running back as the Washington Football Team held him to only 45 yards last time the conference rivals met earlier this season.
NFL Sets New Kickoff Time for Ravens-Steelers Game
“This decision was made out of an abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel and in consultation with medical experts,” the NFL said in a statement.
Players who tested positive for COVID-19 will be ineligible to play on Sunday. That includes running backs Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins, quarterback Trace McSorley, center Matt Skura, guard Patrick Mekari, defensive end Calais Campbell and outside linebacker Pernell McPhee, ESPN said.
Steelers players were livid about the decisions.
The game is rescheduled for Sunday, Nov. 29, at 1:15 p.m. on NBC.