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The NFL Thanksgiving recap: Blowout city

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-- Despite all the glowing headlines and talk of season-salvaging, the Eagles convincing win over the Cardinals last night really doesn't change all that much. Donovan McNabb is still a lame-duck quarterback who will most likely be elsewhere next season and the Eagles are still facing a difficult path to the playoffs thanks to that tie in Cincinnati. A lot can happen, but the clearest path to the playoffs for Philly would be to win out, a lofty task considering the Eagles have to play the entire NFC East over the next month. Anything short of winning out would give Philly, at best, a 9-6-1 record. And in a top-heavy NFC, that probably won't cut it.

-- It's time to recognize the Arizona Cardinals for what they are: a middle-of-the-road team feasting on their putrid division. Outside of the NFC West, the Cards are 3-5.

--Pro Football Talk says that some Titans players think they could have put up 100 points against the Lions. I'm forced to assume that "Titans players" means "Vince Young" and that this insane math theory is proof that his reported Wonderlic scores were accurate. Tennessee was "trying" until at least halftime, and they had a nice 35 points to show for it. Double that and you get 70, a fine total, but at least five scores away from the century mark.

-- Even though the Lions made me rethink my position on whether they should keep their Thanksgiving game, the Seattle-Dallas contest was all the proof you need that selecting good matchups seven months out is nearly impossible. When that game was announced in April, it looked as if it would be a battle between the two top teams in the NFC. Instead, Seattle has bottomed-out, the Dallas storyline was one of reclamation and the game, itself, was largely unwatchable.

-- Joe Buck: Just because a pass from Tony Romo gets completed, it doesn't mean that said pass was "perfect". Buck's Romo-love is getting into Madden-Favre territory.

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