It’s Thanksgiving day, so it’s time to observe the Dallas Cowboys of their yearly showcase. The truth that they’re successful and making a cost towards one other postseason makes it even higher. And this 12 months’s Turkey Day recreation has larger stakes than this recreation has had in fairly some time. This Thanksgiving day recreation has been dubbed the OBJ Bowl.
Neglect the truth that this has enormous NFC East implications. This one is about influencing Odell Beckham Jr. and his determination on which crew to signal with when he’s able to return in just a few weeks. It’s primarily coming right down to the Cowboys and Giants vying for the affection of Beckham, the identical method Dwight and Andy dueled over Angela in The Workplace.
This showdown will happen at some point after the eight-year anniversary of OBJ’s magnificent catch over Brandon Carr on Sunday Night time Soccer in 2014. Some have known as it the best catch of all time, because it was an excellent show of athleticism. The extent of focus it takes to catch a soccer one-handed whereas falling backward with a defender tugging at your jersey is spectacular.
However this isn’t the identical Odell the Giants or Cowboys can be signing up for. He’s a 30-year-old extensive receiver who’s had two ACL tears within the final two years. The final time we noticed Beckham was within the Tremendous Bowl towards Cincinnati, trying just like the early MVP entrance runner till his knee gave out.
After two unhealthy knee accidents in such a brief period of time, it’s exhausting to foretell what OBJ brings to any crew now. Dallas may use one other receiving threat exterior of CeeDee Lamb. They haven’t gotten a ton out of the remainder of their receiving core this 12 months. Michael Gallup missed the primary few video games recovering from an ACL harm, and since his return, he has simply 19 catches in seven video games. It’s been Lamb or bust for the ‘Boys. Lamb has 58 catches in 10 video games, whereas no different goal (WR, RB, or TE) has greater than 28 receptions. The easy menace of another choice in OBJ may assist Dallas tremendously down the stretch.
For the Giants, it’s slightly trickier — though New York recently lost WR Wan’Dale Robinson to a season-ending ACL injury — as this might be a reunion tour ought to Beckham return to New York. His first stint as a Large didn’t finish effectively, though he did some spectacular issues. The crew finally grew bored with his antics and traded him to Cleveland, the place that finally fell aside. Whereas Beckham is older and extra mature (hopefully), it’s exhausting to see him selecting Daniel Jones over Dak Prescott. Certainly, he’d wish to win, however he nonetheless needs the ball.
Each groups are within the playoff hunt and nonetheless within the race for a division crown behind the Eagles. It’s humorous how this all feels orchestrated by Beckham, understanding the groups performed on Thanksgiving and studies popping out that he’d wish to signal by the top of November. None of this appears coincidental, as Beckham performs puppet grasp on this situation.
Oh, this needs to be a enjoyable recreation with all of the theatrics of a broadway musical. Anticipate OBJ to be talked about no less than as soon as per quarter in the course of the broadcast. The NFL ought to up the stakes and make the choice for everybody. Winner takes all. Whoever wins the sport indicators Odell, no questions requested. In fact, below these circumstances, the Cowboys would undoubtedly discover a strategy to lose since they don’t carry out effectively below strain.