Mercy Rule: Why The Mismatches On Thanksgiving?

Ryan NelsonCorrespondent INovember 28, 2008

44-10. The worst beating-to-a-pulp in Lions history on Thanksgiving. It was just further proof why tradition was outweighed by the Lions' 0-11 season. I saw a shot of the stands, and there was next to no one at Ford Field. With good reason. The Titans got off to a great start and rolled. 0-16 looks like a coming reality in Detroit.

34-9. Dallas looks dominant again. Well, I guess it depends on who you play. Seattle isn't exactly "Detroit bad," But they're not "New York great." Dallas flexed their newly revived muscle, but they only stacked 34 points on the 29th ranked defense in the NFL. Hasselbeck didn't play up to par. And the running game was, well, grounded.

48-20. Arizona just didn't look...good. Philadelphia looked amazing. Donovan McNabb is again in form, but we'll see if he can be consistent. Andy Reid needs to re-embrace his quarterback. McNabb will not enjoy Philly as long as his coach isn't 100% behind him.

So what's with the mismatches on Thanksgiving? Isn't football on this holiday supposed to be good? I would say it's Detroit's fault, but in the end, it's the fault of the NFL. You don't schedule blowouts on Thanksgiving.

We need evenly matched games. Something like a Green Bay-Chicago game. A close, physical game that is usually decided by less than a touchdown.

On paper, on a good year, Seattle-Dallas would be a good game. But when it comes to 7-4 Dallas versus 2-9 Seattle, it makes no sense for them to play on Thanksgiving.