A three-course pro football feast will be served up on Thanksgiving Day
Throughout the NFL's 100 seasons, one of the few constants has been the league's presence on Thanksgiving. From the NFL's inception in 1920, professional football has always been played on Turkey Day, and there are once again three games to fill fans' appetites for pigskin.
Here’s how (TV channel, online streaming, radio) and when (kickoff time) to catch every game:
Chicago Bears (5-6) at Detroit Lions (3-7-1)
For the second straight season and 18th time overall, these longtime divisional rivals will face each other on Thanksgiving. Chicago leads the Turkey Day series 9-8 after winning last year's meeting 23-16. The Bears have beaten the Lions three straight times overall, the most recent being a 20-13 victory in Week 10. This season hasn't gone according to plan for either team as Detroit is in the midst of a four-game losing streak and Chicago is three games behind Minnesota for the second wild-card spot. This is pretty much a must-win for Chicago if it wants to keep its slim playoff hopes alive.
Buffalo Bills (8-3) at Dallas Cowboys (6-5)
This will be Buffalo's first appearance on Thanksgiving since 1994, which was the season after the Bills' run of four straight Super Bowl appearances. Buffalo is 3-4-1 in Thanksgiving games, compared to traditional host Dallas, who is 31-19-1. This season, the Bills are two games up on everyone else in the AFC Wild Card race, while the Cowboys lead a watered-down NFC East by just one game. Jerry Jones has already made it known he's not happy with his team's showing in New England (13-9 loss on Sunday), so the turkey's not the only one feeling the heat this week in Big D.
New Orleans Saints (9-2) at Atlanta Falcons (3-8)
For the second straight season, these NFC South rivals will finish off the Thanksgiving tripleheader. The Saints won last year's meeting, 31-17, but it was the Falcons who came out on top in the most recent meeting, beating New Orleans 26-9 in the Superdome in Week 10. It has been a rough season for Atlanta, but Dan Quinn's team has won two of its past three games. The Saints have a four-game lead in the division and trail San Francisco by just one game for the best record in the NFC.