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Thanksgiving Football Game Schedules for NFL and College

Thanksgiving Football

Thanksgiving Football

Just like you can always count on stuffing your face on Thanksgiving, you also can get your fill of football on Thursday as well. This year's offerings include the NFL's annual Thanksgiving Day tripleheader and a few college games, incluidng one of the sport's top rivalries.

Below is a list of the games you can watch on Thanksgiving Day for those who want to add a little pigskin to their feasting.

Note: All times are ET

Thanksgiving Day Football Schedule

Chicago at Detroit, 12:30 PM (CBS)

The Bears and Lions get the gridiron action started up in the Motor City. This will mark the 17th time these longtime rivals have faced off on Thanksgiving with the holiday series currently dead even at 8-8. Detroit has won the previous three Thanksgiving meetings against Chicago and is 37-29-2 all-time on the holiday. The Bears are 17-15-2 on Turkey Day with their first appearance coming way back in 1920 when they were the Decatur Staleys. Chicago (7-3) increased its lead in the NFC North with a win on Sunday night over Minnesota while Detroit (4-6) is looking to build off of its 20-19 victiory over Carolina.

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Mississippi Valley State at Alabama State, 2:30 PM

For those who pay attention to the FCS ranks, the Delta Devils (1-9, 1-5 SWAC) and Hornets (3-7, 2-4) will get together in Montgomery for their regular-season finale.

Colorado State at Air Force, 2:30 PM (CBSSN)

Mountain West divisional foes will face off in Colorado Springs as the Falcons (4-7, 2-5 MW) look to make it three in a row against the Rams (3-8, 2-5). This a matchup of strength (Air Force's running game) vs. weakness (Colorado State's run defense). 

Washington at Dallas, 4:30 PM (FOX)

The other traditional Thanksgiving host, the Cowboys are an impressive 30-19-1 on the holiday. The Redskins are just 4-7 but did defeat the Giants last Thanksgiving at home. Much of Washington's Turkey Day troubles have come courtesy of Dallas. The Cowboys are 7-1 against the Redskins on Thanksgiving. First place in the NFC East will be on the line in this one as well, with Dallas (5-5) just a game behind Washington (6-4).

Mississippi State at Ole Miss, 7:30 PM (ESPN)

It’s the 115th edition of the Egg Bowl, as in-state archrivals will renew acquaintances in Oxford. The Bulldogs (7-4, 3-4 SEC) are playing for bowl positioning among their SEC brethren and looking to avenge last season's loss to the Rebels. For Ole Miss (5-6, 1-6) this is its bowl game as the Rebels are sitting out of the postseason due to a self-imposed ban. Ole Miss leads the all-time series 64-46-6.

Atlanta at New Orleans, 8:20 PM (NBC)

The NFC South foes are relatively new to the Thanksgiving stage. The Saints won their only appearance (vs. Dallas in 2010) while the Falcons are 1-1, losing at home to the Colts in 2007 and beating the Lions in Detroit in '05. The all-time series between the divisional rivals sits at 52-47 (including playoffs) in favor of Atlanta, but New Orleans won the first meeting this season, 43-37 back in Week 3. Entering Week 12, the Falcons (4-6) have lost two in a row while the Saints (9-1) are the NFL's hottest team with nine straight victories.