Bills prepare for first Thanksgiving Day game since 1994

Carly Mascitti
Created: November 26, 2019 07:36 PM

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Bills are preparing to play on the national stage against the Cowboys on Thursday in their first Thanksgiving Day game since 1994. 

With a short week to prepare, the guys are leaning on each other to get ready. 


"We just got to lean on the guys that have played before and understand how to go about things during the week,” Bills quarterback Josh Allen said. “I think Coach McDermott's been doing a good job of trying to keep us healthy and going in the right direction."

"Getting your body right for a Thursday night game isn't very fun, but, once you get out there, adrenaline is pumping,” Bills safety Micah Hyde said. “You have momentum and all that stuff. You kind of forget about how your body feels and the competitor comes out."

"It  just comes down to getting your body right and understanding what you have assignment wise,” Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley said, “then studying as much as you can in the short time we have."

But game preparation aside, the guys reflected fondly at practice today on what football and thanksgiving mean to them.

"I remember growing up, waking up on Thursday, going and eating then watching these games all day and that's all I did, stuffing my face with mashed potatoes," Allen said.

"It was two apps in our house. It was food and football, and that's what it was.,” Bills lineman Cody Ford said. “We would turn the game on, start eating, take a break. It might be halftime, it might not. You get back to eating and still watch the games."

"You grow up eating Thanksgiving dinner and watching, usually, the Cowboys play,” Bills lineman Dion Dawkins said, “now, I'm blessed to be in a position to tell a story when I'm old and wrinkly."

Hopefully that story is a good one as this Bills try to buffer up their post-season campaign in the thick of the AFC playoff race.

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