5 major stars from Thanksgiving Day NFL games

These were the players who came up big on Thursday to help their teams secure wins.

Thanksgiving Day 2018 brought a trio of NFL games onto national television. In the opener, the Chicago Bears captured a 23-16 victory over the Detroit Lions. The follow-up saw the Dallas Cowboys with a win by a touchdown over the Washington Redskins. In the nightcap, New Orleans continued their hot run with a 14-point win over the Atlanta Falcons.

1

Dak Prescott - Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys had several big performances on offense in their home game on Thanksgiving. Prescott had some impressive players including his scramble to the end zone for a rushing touchdown. He also got to celebrate in the Salvation Army bucket, thanks to teammate Ezekiel Elliott.

2

Amari Cooper - Dallas Cowboys

Cooper came to the Cowboys just weeks ago via a trade with the Oakland Raiders. On Thanksgiving Day, he feasted on the Redskins' defense with 180 yards and two touchdowns on eight receptions.

3

Drew Brees - New Orleans Saints

The Falcons' Matt Ryan had the better overall yards thrown, but Brees was quite good despite a lower total yardage. Brees threw 15-of-22 completions for 171 yards and four touchdowns in the 31-17 Saints win.

4

Chase Daniel - Chicago Bears

Stepping in for an injured Mitch Trubisky, Daniel had to keep things close enough for the Bears. He did that with two touchdown passes in the game. One of those was just before the half, while the other came early in the fourth quarter. Daniel finished the game 27-of-37 with 230 yards and the two TD passes.

5

Chicago Bears defense

The Bears' victory at Ford Field really came down to their defense making some huge plays. For the game, Roquan Smith led all players with 11 tackles. However, Eddie Jackson's pick six was a difference-maker, and Kyle Fuller took away Detroit's chance at scoring late. This is one of, if not the best, defenses in the NFL right now and it showed on Thursday!

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