Monday was a Wednesday. Today is a Thursday. Tomorrow is a Friday. There is no Saturday this week. And Sunday comes on Thursday. Got it?
The Cowboys are used to this routine, annually playing a game on Thanksgiving Day. But it is a change in their routine.
Instead recovering from Sunday’s 35-19 victory over the Lions, the Cowboys spent Monday preparing for the Saints.
“[It’s] a quick week,” interim coach Jason Garrett said. “We have to process that game [Sunday] quickly and move on to the Saints. We installed some stuff [Monday morning] in our meetings, and we had a walk-through practice [in the afternoon] on the Saints. Like I tell our guys, we’re within 72 hours of playing this game, so the Saints will be here quickly, and we need to be ready for them.”
The Saints gave their players off Monday. The Cowboys won’t see their first off day this week until Friday, when they’ll begin a three-day break.
The preparation for the game is compressed, though, making for a long start to a short week.
“Obviously we played them last year, so we’re familiar with their offense somewhat, but it’s not a division opponent where you know their offense, you know what you’re getting from them,” linebacker Keith Brooking said. “You have to be very cognizant of that and get the extra work mentally in the film room and get into your playbook and be ready to play at your best.”
The Cowboys have hosted a Thanksgiving game for 42 of the past 44 years. They are 27-14-1 on Turkey Day.
“I like these kind of games, the Thursday games,” said quarterback Jon Kitna, who spent three seasons in Detroit, which has had an annual Thanksgiving Day game longer than the Cowboys. “…It doesn’t give you a chance to overanalyze and overthink the game. You just go play.”
-- Charean Williams