By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: November 25th, 2014 at 5:04 PM EST
On Thursday, as family and friends gather across the country to give Thanks on Thanksgiving, fans will be able to feast on high school football and pro football all day long. In the middle of the three NFL games, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys will face off for the first time this season.
This game is huge for both teams, as the winner will be the leader in the NFC East. Both teams currently have 8-3 records with .727 win percentages.
Both teams are also coming into the game on win streaks, as well. The Cowboys have won their past two games, while the Eagles just won their last game against the Tennessee Titans following a loss to the Green Bay Packers.
The high-scoring Eagles offense leads the conference with 342 points, which is 50 points higher than second place and the Cowboys’ 292 points. At the moment, the Eagles are third in the NFL with 31.1 points per game, while the Cowboys are seventh at 26.5 points per game.
While the Cowboys play traditionally at home on Thanksgiving, the Eagles will be making their first appearance on this day since November 27th, 2008. The Birds are a perfect 5-0 on Thanksgiving Day games.
In that home game at Lincoln Financial Field, they won 48-20 over the Arizona Cardinals. Donovan McNabb went 27 of 39 for 260 yards and four touchdowns one week after he was benched.
The Cowboys and Eagles last played on Thanksgiving 25-years-ago. This game, which is called Bounty Bowl 1, and one of the signature games in the Cowboys-Eagles rivalry.
The Eagles won this game 27-0, and it still stands as the only time the Cowboys were shut out on Thanksgiving. Randall Cunningham threw two touchdown passes to Cris Carter, and the late Reggie White was awarded the first Turkey Leg Award by Fox Sports following his two sacks.
In 1968, the Eagles defeated the Detroit Lions 12-0. That season, this game was the Eagles first win following an 0-11 record, which was the worst in the team at the time.
They also played on Thanksgiving in 1939 and 1940. First in 1940, the Eagles defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 7-0 with the lone touchdown by running back Dick Riffle on a 17-yard run in the fourth quarter.
This was their lone win of the season, and finished with a 1-10 record. They also had six turnovers in the game.
The year before in 1939, the Eagles defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates (would eventually become the Steelers) 17-14 in their first Thanksgiving battle. The Birds went 1-9-1 that season, and had six turnovers and 294 yards in the game.