Thanksgiving Day football simply hits completely different, and this season’s slate of motion will function three video games with six groups vying for the playoffs.
The Buffalo Bills and the Detroit Lions begin issues off within the early afternoon because the appetizer for the day. The Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants will face off for the primary course.
And, for dessert, the Minnesota Vikings will tackle the New England Patriots.
The Lions and the Cowboys are Thanksgiving Day staples like turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and awkward dinner desk conversations. Detroit has hosted a Thanksgiving Day recreation yearly since 1934, and Dallas has hosted a recreation each vacation since 1966 aside from 1975 and 1977.
In 1925, the Chicago Bears and Chicago Cardinals performed to a 0-0 tie at Wrigley Discipline in entrance of a crowd of 36,000. In 1934, the Lions performed the Bears Thanksgiving Day within the first nationally televised broadcast of a soccer recreation. Bronko Nagurski threw a 2-yard landing move to Invoice Hewitt to seal a 19-16 victory of their first assembly.
This yr, the NFL will honor the late John Madden all through the day. Madden died on the age of 85 final yr, only a few days after his documentary was launched. The league mentioned the inaugural “John Madden Thanksgiving Celebration” will function particular tributes on CBS, FOX and NBC all through the slate of video games.
Lions (4-6) vs. Payments (7-3) – 12:30 p.m. ET, CBS
The Lions are within the combine on Thanksgiving as they’re yearly, and they’re getting into a matchup with the Payments seeking to disrupt Buffalo’s playoff hopes. Detroit has received three straight behind Jared Goff, Jamaal Williams and an energized protection.
Buffalo received again within the saddle with a win over the Browns final week. Josh Allen hopes to curtail the mistakes in opposition to the Lions and never sink Buffalo in such a pivotal matchup at this level of the season. Allen can be undefeated on Thanksgiving (2-0). He had 204 passing yards and a landing move in his earlier Thanksgiving recreation in opposition to the Lions
Detroit will hope Jamaal Williams can proceed his tear. He had three speeding touchdowns final week and have become the fourth participant since 2000 with a number of speeding touchdowns in a minimum of 5 of his workforce’s first 10 video games of a season.
The Payments are 5-4-1 all-time on Thanksgiving, and the Lions are 37-43-2.
Cowboys (7-3) vs. Giants (7-3) – 4:30 p.m. ET, FOX
The Cowboys and Giants meet on Thanksgiving for the primary time since 1992. The groups are in utterly completely different spots than after they first met at MetLife Stadium Sept. 26.
Dallas is gaining momentum in its bid for an NFC East title. The Cowboys are seventh in points scored and 14th in yards gained, and their protection is first in factors allowed and ninth in yards allowed. The Cowboys have received 10 out of their final 11 video games in opposition to the Giants.
New York is seeking to bounce again from a defeat at dwelling to the Lions. However getting previous the Dallas protection with an injury-riddled workforce goes to be a tricky job. Particularly when a man like Micah Parsons is getting into Reggie White territory.
Parsons recorded his eighth career game with a minimum of two sacks, tying Shawne Merriman and Reggie White for the “second-most such video games by a participant in his first two NFL seasons since 1982,” in keeping with the NFL.
The Cowboys are 31-22-1 on Thanksgiving. The Giants are 6-4-3.
Vikings (8-2) vs. Patriots (6-4) – 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC
Closing out the Thanksgiving festivities would be the Vikings and the Patriots.
New England is coming off an electrical win over the New York Jets Sunday, because of a punt return touchdown from Marcus Jones. The Patriots have among the best defenses within the league. That Pats are second in factors allowed and fourth in yards allowed. It could be robust for the Vikings to get its offense going.
However, after all, they’ve Justin Jefferson. The star large receiver enters the sport with 4,109 profession receiving yards and will move Randy Moss for essentially the most receiving yards by a participant in his first three seasons in NFL history.
Minnesota is 6-2 on Thanksgiving, and the Patriots are 3-2.