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How has Washington historically fared on Thanksgiving? Not well

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If it feels like the Washington Football Team has played a lot on Thanksgiving recently, well, it's because they have.

When the Burgundy and Gold kick off against Dallas on Thursday, it will mark the fourth time in five seasons that Washington spends Turkey Day playing football.

Every year when the NFL schedule is released, many Washington fans hope the team avoids playing on Thanksgiving. Why? Well, most of Washington's Thanksgiving tilts have ended in Football Team defeats.

Washington has an all-time record of 3-8 on the holiday, and losers of four of their past five. The team was last victorious on Thanksgiving in 2017, when Washington edged the New York Giants, 20-10.

Over two-thirds of Washington's past Thanksgiving bouts have come against the Dallas Cowboys, who they'll meet once again on Thursday. Each one of those contests has been a home game for the Cowboys, as it's an annual tradition for Big D to host the afternoon Thanksgiving game.

The Cowboys have played considerably well on the holiday, as they have won over 60% of their games on Thanksgiving.

Dallas has fared even better against Washington on Turkey Day, though, as they've been winners eight out of the nine times the two have clashed. Washington's lone Thanksgiving victory over the Cowboys came in 2012 when then-rookie phenom Robert Griffin III threw for four touchdowns for Washington in a 38-31 victory.

None of this matters when the ball is kicked off on Thursday, though.

As rough of a season as both Washington and Dallas have had, the winner of Thursday's game will take over first place in the putrid NFC East and has a clear path to the division title -- especially when considering the Eagles' brutal remaining schedule.


Dak Prescott also won't be in the picture for Dallas on Thursday, as the Cowboys star quarterback is out for the season with an ankle injury. Prescott has dominated Washington since entering the league, winning seven of eight against the Burgundy and Gold while putting up an impressive 13-1 TD to interception ratio.

Backup Andy Dalton will be starting for the Cowboys, a passer who Washington gave fits in their Week 7 victory over Dallas.

Washington can't change its poor history playing on Thanksgiving, but they certainly can improve their 2020 postseason chances with a win on Thursday by sweeping the Cowboys -- something they haven't done in eight years.

That would make for a happy Thanksgiving for every Washington fan.