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Thanksgiving football schedule: Redskins vs. Cowboys part of football feast

The Cowboys host the Redskins on Thanksgiving in a must-win for Dallas' playoff hopes.

Larry French

Thanksgiving is for football, and as is annual tradition, the Dallas Cowboys grace the NFL's Thanksgiving Day schedule, hosting the Washington Redskins at Cowboys Stadium.

Dallas has won two in a row to pull to .500 after a rocky 3-5 start to the season. They are now within shouting distance in the NFC East, trailing the New York Giants by one game in the division. Dallas is coming off of a Week 11 overtime victory against the Cleveland Browns, a game in which Dez Bryant came alive, catching 12 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown.

Washington (4-6) needs a win to have any chance at making a late run. The Redskins broke a three-game losing streak with a 31-6 victory against Philadelphia last week. Rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III passed for four touchdowns and will be making his return to Texas after a stellar college career at Baylor.

Dallas, 29th in the league in rushing, will face one of the better rush defenses in the league but should be able to move the ball through the air against a Washington secondary that ranks 29th in the NFL in passing defense and just lost its best player, safety Brandon Meriweather, for the season with a torn ACL.

Game time: 3:15 p.m. CT

TV: FOX

Other Thanksgiving Day NFL action:

Houston Texans at Detroit Lions, 11:30 a.m. CT, CBS

New England Patriots at New York Jets, 7:20 p.m. CT, NBC

Thanksgiving Day NCAA action:

TCU Horned Frogs at Texas Longhorns, 6:30 p.m. CT, ESPN

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.