After a slight departure last season, the NFL's Thanksgiving Day tripleheader is back on the schedule. From the league's inception in 1920, professional football has always been played on Turkey Day and for the past 16 seasons, there have been three games scheduled. Last year saw one moved due to COVID-19 concerns but hopefully that won't be an issue this Thursday.
Here's how (TV channel, online streaming, radio) and when (kickoff time) to catch every game:
The Lions have the longest history with Thanksgiving as this will be the team's 82nd game played on the holiday. One of the two traditional hosts (Dallas is the other), Detroit (37-42-2 in these games) will see a familiar face this year in Chicago. These two division rivals have faced off on Turkey Day 18 times, with the Bears holding a 10-8 edge. Chicago also will be making its 37th appearance on the holiday, which will break the tie with Green Bay for most by a non-host team. More importantly, both teams just want to get a win as the Bears have now lost five in a row, while the Lions haven't been victorious since defeating Chicago 34-30 back in Week 13 of last season.
Even though these teams are in different conferences, this will be the third time they will face each other on Thanksgiving. Dallas won the previous two meetings defeating the then-Oakland Raiders in 2009 (24-7) and 2013 (31-24). Overall, the Raiders are 3-4 on Thanksgiving while the Cowboys are 31-21-1 but looking to snap a two-game losing streak on the holiday. As for this season, Las Vegas is hoping to change its luck as a three-game skid has pushed them to the outer edge of the AFC wild-card chase. Dallas leads Philadelphia by 2.5 games in the NFC East.
This will be New Orleans' fourth game on Thanksgiving and the Saints have yet to lose. That's good since they have dropped three in a row entering this game and don't want to fall below .500. Buffalo is 4-4-1 on the holiday and won its most recent appearance, beating Dallas 26-15 in 2019. The Bills are coming off of a lopsided, 41-15 loss at home to Indianapolis and now find themselves a half-game behind New England (7-3) for the lead in the AFC East.