Happy Thanksgiving! Good food on the table, good football on TV, and no Zach Wilson this weekend

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope you’re getting some wonderful time with family and friends and taking in everything the holiday has to offer: turkey trots (I’m not ashamed to admit I’m doing one), parades, good food and, oh yeah, a delectable sports schedule that includes NFL, the World Cup, college football and college basketball.

I won’t take up too much of your time, so we have a special, shortened holiday edition of the newsletter today, but I promise it’s a good one.

Let’s get right to it.

Good morning to everyone but especially to…


Ah, Thanksgiving football. There’s nothing like it. We play turkey bowls in the morning and plan our Thanksgiving dinner around it in the evening (I highly suggest in between the early game and the afternoon game). And there’s good reason: There are three intriguing games, each with playoff implications.

Here’s all of the terrific content our NFL team has cooked up:

Honorable mentions

And not such a good morning for…

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For the first time in over a decade, the Jets are in the playoff race at the end of November. And for what seems like the millionth time in franchise history, the Jets have major quarterback issues.

On Wednesday, head coach Robert Saleh announced that Mike White will start this weekend against the Bears, and Zach Wilson will be inactive. The decision comes after the Jets lost to the Patriots, 10-3, after which Saleh described his team’s offense as “dog s–t”. He’s not wrong. The Jets gained two yards in the entire second half.

  • Wilson went 9-for-22 for 77 yards. He dug himself a deeper hole by saying “no” when asked if he felt he let his defense down.
  • It will be White’s first game in over a year. His last start came in a 45-17 loss to Buffalo last year. Joe Flacco — who started the first three games of the year while Wilson recovered from a knee injury — will be White’s backup.

Wilson’s had an up-and-down start to his career, but this is a definite down. Still, Saleh called the decision a “reset” for the young quarterback, and our NFL guru Garrett Podell believes Wilson can get back on the right track.

  • Podell: “If Wilson takes care of business and gets back onto the football field in 2022 like Saleh said, five of the six potential opponents the 23-year-old quarterback would face from Week 13 on currently rank in the bottom half of the NFL in pass coverage, according to Pro Football Focus, meaning the opportunity for a comeback is possible. All Wilson needs to do now is put his head down and get to work.” 

Should the Jets feel the need to go quarterback hunting this offseason, Jordan has options for them to explore in 2023.

Not so honorable mentions

World Cup recap: Japan shocks Germany, Spain scores a touchdown ⚽

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Another day at the World Cup, another stunner: After dominating for 75 minutes, Germany fell to Japan, 2-1, with Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano nabbing late goals. While the players produced the result, Japan’s coach, Hajime Moriyasu, deserves plenty of praise, writes our soccer reporter James Benge.

  • Benge: “This was a game won in the Japan dressing room in the half time interval. …  Switching out winger Takefusa Kubo for Takehiro Tomiyasu… gave his players the maximum opportunity to exploit Germany’s weakness. Moriyasu kept adding fresh legs, not only using the maximum number of substitutes, but also the most moments available to him to add something to the team. Match winner Asano was a pressing dynamo more than willing to chase lost causes… and turn them into something in the case of Japan’s second goal.”

In other Wednesday action…

Early this morning, Switzerland topped Cameroon 1-0 thanks to an historic goal by Breel Embolo. Meanwhile, with Argentina and Germany both going down, Roger Gonzalez has the next teams that should be on upset alert.

What we’re watching Thursday 📺

We’re watching the World Cup. Here’s the schedule.
🏈 We’re also watching all three NFL games. Here’s the schedule.
🏀 No. 8 Duke vs. Oregon State, 3 p.m. on ESPN
🏈 Mississippi State at No. 20 Ole Miss, 7 p.m. on ESPN
🏀 No. 18 Alabama vs. No. 12 Michigan State, 10:30 p.m. on ESPN

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