Thanksgiving Football Game Schedules for NFL and College

Along with teams, TV channels and times

Thanksgiving and football are about as synonymous with the holiday as turkey and dressing. And once again, fans can get their fill of food and football on Thursday with an NFL tripleheader and a couple of college games, including 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 p.m. (FOX)

This will be the 18th time and second straight season these longtime division rivals have faced off on Thanksgiving. The Bears lead the holiday head-to-head meetings 9-8 and have beaten the Lions three straight times overall, including a 20-13 victory in Week 10. In total, Detroit is 37-30-2 on Thanksgiving, while Chicago is 18-15-2. As for this season, the Lions (3-7-1) enter this game looking to snap a four-game losing streak, while the Bears (5-6) really need a win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

 

Prairie View A&M at Alabama State, 3 p.m. (ASU All Access)

The only game from the FCS ranks pits a pair of SWAC rivals. Neither the Panthers nor Hornets will be a part of the SWAC Championship Game on Dec. 7, but a winning record for the season is on the line, as both teams enter this game at 5-5.

 

Buffalo at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. (CBS)

The Cowboys are certainly no stranger to playing on Thanksgiving, as they and Detroit serve as the NFL's traditional hosts. But this will mark the Bills' first appearance on the holiday since the days of Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Andre Reed, Bruce Smith, and head coach Marv Levy. Overall, Buffalo is 3-4-1 on Thanksgiving, while Dallas is an impressive 31-19-1. The Cowboys (6-5) could certainly use some home cooking, as Sunday's 13-9 loss to New England didn't exactly sit well with owner Jerry Jones. Dallas still leads the NFC East, but that's only because the rest of the teams are a combined 9-24 this season. Meanwhile, Buffalo (8-3) is two games up on the rest of the pack in the AFC Wild Card chase.

 

Ole Miss at Mississippi State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)

It's the 116th edition of the Egg Bowl, as in-state archrivals will renew acquaintances in Starkville. This year's meeting carries a little extra significance, as the Bulldogs (5-6, 2-5 SEC) are playing for bowl eligibility. Mississippi State won last year's matchup in Oxford (35-3), giving the Rebels (4-7, 2-5) even more incentive to play spoiler. Ole Miss leads the all-time series, 62-47-6, if you include forfeits and vacated wins.

 

Related: Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State — The Nation's Most Unsung (and Perhaps Bitterest) Rivalry

 

New Orleans at Atlanta, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

For the second straight season, these NFC South rivals will meet on Thanksgiving. The Saints won last year at home, 31-17, but the Falcons got a little payback in Week 10 this season, stunning New Orleans 26-9 in the Superdome. That game was a surprising outcome for both teams, as the Saints (9-2) have a four-game lead in the division and are battling San Francisco for the top seed in the NFC, while the Falcons (3-8) have struggled throughout this season. But Atlanta has won two of its past three games and would like nothing more than to sweep New Orleans for the first time since the 2016 season when the Falcons made it to the Super Bowl.

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