Can the 3-7 Dallas Cowboys really make a run at the NFC East division title? Perhaps, if they can knock off the unbeaten Carolina Panthers (10-0) in the middle game of Thursday's Thanksgiving Day NFL triple header. Game time is 4:30 p.m. ET on CBS.
The division-leading New York Giants (5-5) have left the Cowboys just enough room to think a miraculous run to the playoffs is possible despite a seven-game losing stream.
Tony Romo has returned for the Cowboys, and Dallas has yet to lose a game this season with Romo at quarterback. In picking the Cowboys to pull off the upset, John Breech of CBS Sports points out that Dallas has won seven straight and is 13-3 in its last 16 games with Romo at quarterback, while the Panthers and Cam Newton are 14-2 during that span. The Cowboys believe that they can still reach the playoffs.
Thursday's game is in Dallas, an obvious boost for Dallas. Oddsmakers aren't discounting the idea that Dallas could win Thursday, as Carolina opened as only a 1-point favorite. Romo, incidentally, is 4-0 in his career against the Panthers.
The possibility of a late-season run by the Cowboys is the reason yours truly advocated hoping the Cowboys didn't win any games without Romo. Even with a really slim margin for error, Dallas still has hope. That will only grow if the Cowboys are able to knock off the Panthers.
Game Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson
Streaming: NFL Game Pass
Radio: Westwood One -- Tom McCarthy, James Lofton, Scott Kaplan (field reporter); SIRIUS -- 88 (WW1), 83 (Car.), 82 (Dal.); XM -- 88 (WW1), 83 (Car.), 82 (Dal.)
Odds: Panthers -1
Panthers blog: Cat Scratch Reader
Cowboys blog: Blogging The Boys