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As an NFL enthusiast, I have always believed Thanksgiving marks an important point in the season — the beginning of the stretch run. For some teams, it’s time to make a push for the playoffs, while for others, the goals become focused on next season or spoiling opponents’ shots at the postseason.
It’s no secret that certain franchises or coaches can consistently raise their games this time of year, while some struggle down the stretch. When you think of the league’s top teams over the last decade or so, it’s a good bet they played some of their best football during the season’s final month or so.
I have collected all the data for the current head coaches in the league in regard to their late-season or Post-Thanksgiving Day (PTD, which includes Thanksgiving games and beyond) histories. I’ve looked at their performance trends from a variety of angles, including overall, home/road, favorite/underdog and others. I also have detailed their total results.
After the series of charts illustrating the overall data, I’ve put together a list of 15 top PTD trends you’ll want to keep an eye on the rest of the way, along with some specific matchups in which they might apply in the coming weeks.