Cowboys-Commanders Game Draws All-Time Massive Viewership

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If anyone is wondering why the Dallas Cowboys are always on the NFL’s Thanksgiving schedule, look no farther than Thursday’s game versus the Washington Commanders.Despite the Cowboys demolishing their NFC East rival in a 45-10 thrashing, the game garnered an incredible number of viewers as millions enjoyed the holiday. According to CBS Sports Public Relations, the game drew 41.438 million viewers on average, the third-highest of any regular-season game in NFL history. It also had a peak audience of 44.265 million viewers.Only a 1990 Monday Night Football game between the New York Giants and the San Francisco 49ers (41.6 million) and last year’s Thanksgiving game between the Cowboys and the Giants (42.1 million) drew a higher average audience count.

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This game is the single most-watched television show on any network since Super Bowl 57 in February, in case it wasn’t clear how astronomically high that number is. It is also the most-streamed game on Paramount+ since the channel launched in 2016 (formerly CBS All Access).The Cowboys have always been a big attraction as the most popular team in the league, but it seems like they’re breaking viewership records left and right this year. According to Sports Media Watch, the Cowboys have appeared in the most-watched game of the week four times in the last 11 weeks (and will do so five times in the next 12). They’ve also been in the week’s second-most-watched game three times.

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It was a memorable day for the Cowboys and their fans. Dak Prescott shredded the Commanders defense for 331 yards and four touchdowns through the air, and DaRon Bland established an NFL record with his sixth pick-six of the season. The fact that so many people witnessed those exploits live just adds to the sense of accomplishment.Viewership figures for the other two Thanksgiving games have not yet been announced, but it’s difficult to imagine them matching the Cowboys’ dominance.

The Cowboys’ light schedule finished on Thanksgiving night with a 45-10 victory over the Commanders.The Cowboys’ opponents over the next six weeks are 41-25. Two of those games will take place in December, in Buffalo and Miami. Washington is the only opponent with a record below.500, and that game is in the regular season finale.If the Cowboys want to win the NFC East and establish to the NFL and its detractors that they are title contenders, they must win the toughest section of the schedule.

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It all starts Thursday, when the Cowboys meet the Seahawks at AT&T Stadium, which has become a safe haven for the teamDallas is the only club in NBA history to win its first five home games by more than 20 points per game. And the Cowboys have won 13 straight home games since 2022, the longest active streak in the NFL.It will be meaningless if the Cowboys lose to the Eagles on December 10. If the Cowboys lose to the Eagles, the doubts about their ability to win the division and even make a significant playoff run become a story they don’t want to talk about.The Cowboys have reached this point in the season with eight victories over opponents with a combined record of 25-55. Two of their three losses have come against winning clubs.

“There’s a difference between a requirement and an accomplishment,” said wide receiver Brandin Cooks. “To be honest, we were expected to win these types of games. Obviously, we’ll take it one week at a time, but the great ones, the teams that know what they want to achieve, the ultimate aim [is to win a Super Bowl]. You must, at the end of the day, win those games. Not to put too much pressure on ourselves, but if we take it one week at a time, we should be hitting our stride and playing our best football.”Coach Mike McCarthy divides the season into quarters. The Seattle game is the final game of the second trimester, followed by December.

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It’s been a successful month for McCarthy as a head coach. He has won more games (46-19) in December than in any other month of his career.McCarthy addressed the one-game-at-a-time theory during a press conference on Friday. He did, however, acknowledge the significance of winning late-season games against opponents fighting for the same stakes as the Cowboys.”It’s just like anything,” he admitted. “When you talk about [late season] football, everyone remembers it because of the games, the intensity of the games.” The importance of where you are in your quest to get to the tournament is undeniable, and clearly the way ours lines up with these teams in front of us. That’s why we need to maintain it clean and simple while focusing on the next one.”

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The Cowboys are playing their best football of the season, led by quarterback Dak Prescott. On Thanksgiving, he achieved a season best with a 142.1 quarterback rating against the Commanders. Prescott has thrown 18 touchdowns and two interceptions in the last six games, completing 70.4% of his throws with a 122.6 quarterback rating.”I believe we have prepared for the most difficult part of the year,” owner and general manager Jerry Jones said. “We’re preparing and have prepared to go into the playoffs, which was always going to be the most difficult part.” As a result, it will be difficult. We have another game against [Washington]. They’ll be difficult. They triumphed over Philadelphia. They’ll be difficult.”

 


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