Ranking The Five Greatest Cowboys Games On Thanksgiving: The Best From A List Of Turkey Day Battles

There are two things the world will always expect to see on Thanksgiving: turkey and the Dallas Cowboys on their television and/or mobile devices. The tradition of seeing the Cowboys play on the final Thursday of November is as long as it is entertaining, even if it doesn't always go their way in the end. This year's matchup will feature them hosting one of the league's other legacy franchises -- the Las Vegas Raiders -- in an interconference matchup that doesn't happen often, and should provide plenty of fireworks from Dak Prescott and Derek Carr (or, at minimum, their defensive counterparts) as you sort through your cranberry sauce and pie.

But before things get under way this Thanksgiving, with both clubs looking to course correct in Week 12, we'd be remiss if we didn't take a look back at the legendary Turkey Day battles of yesteryear. Whether "America's Team" won the holiday or not in any given year, the NFL most often does, and especially thanks to the following five nailbiters. 

If you saw them live, you witnessed a legendary bout in real time. If you haven't, then it's time you got up to speed on just how steeped the Cowboys are in the tradition of Thanksgiving.

Dig in.

1. Cowboys vs. Washington (1974)

Of course one of the top five involves a duel with Washington.

Bitter rivals since the inception of the Cowboys in 1960, an expansion team that would not exist if Washington's ownership had their way -- forcing Dallas to use their fight song against them to extort a 'yes' vote -- the stage was set from the beginning for these two clubs to loathe each other. There was no love lost on Thanksgiving in 1974 when the 7-4 Cowboys hosted their 8-3 enemy in a fight that went to the wire. Legendary quarterback Roger Staubach went down with an injury and that hinted at a coming loss for the Cowboys, but backup Clint Longley stepped in and threw for 203 yards and two touchdowns to zero interceptions, wildly outplaying Washington quarterback Billy Kilmer in the process.

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