A turkey dinner is usually the star of the Thanksgiving show, but action on the NFL grid is also key to the festivities, with three games on the docket.
These games will feature five teams in the playoffs, including the 7-3 Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants going head-to-head at AT&T Stadium.
The 7-3 Buffalo Bills are also hoping to keep pace in the AFC East, facing an upstart Detroit Lions team that has recently shown some serious improvement.
The primetime contest pits the Minnesota Vikings against the New England Patriots in the Twin Cities.
This year’s game pays tribute to broadcaster John Madden, who passed away late last year. Madden became famous for his worship of the Thanksgiving Day game, handing out turkey legs to the best player in each contest, and professing his love for a dish known as “turdakken,” a hybrid of turkey, duck and chicken. Did.
Here are three Thanksgiving games this season.
11:30 AM: Buffalo Bills vs. Detroit Lions (CBS)
for 83rd This time around, the Detroit Lions will be playing Thanksgiving, and this year the Buffalo Bills will be at Ford Field.
The Lions have hosted the Thanksgiving game every year since 1945 and really pioneered the concept in the very early days of the NFL. Since 1978, the Lions and Dallas Cowboys have hosted a game each holiday.
Always the Lions are 37-43-2 on holidays.
The Bills actually played their final game in Detroit as well, defeating the Cleveland Browns in a contest that had to be relocated due to heavy snow in Buffalo.
Interestingly, the Bills and Lions have played on Thanksgiving before. In 1975, the Lions beat the Buffaloes, 27-14, and in 1994, the Bills again, 35-21.
Bills has appeared on Thanksgiving in three of the last four seasons. They beat the Cowboys 26-15 in 2019 and the New Orleans Saints 31-6 in prime time last season.
Meanwhile, the Lions haven’t won a Thanksgiving game since beating the Minnesota Vikings in 2016. Since then they have lost him three times to the Chicago Bears, including his 16-14 loss last year.
15:30: New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys (Fox)
Shockingly, this will be the second time that NFC East rivals the Giants and Cowboys will play this holiday season. It’s his only matchup in 1992 when the Cowboys defeated the Giants, he went 30-3.
The Cowboys have regularly hosted Thanksgiving games since 1966, playing a total of 54 games over the holidays. They have a record of 31-22-1 in these contests.
The Giants have played Thanksgiving 15 times, most recently in 2017. I have a record of 7-5-3.
The game will have a big impact on the NFC East race as both teams enter the competition with 7-3 records. The Cowboys earned their first win in the rivalry this season with his 23-16 win at MetLife Stadium.
A win in Dallas on Sunday would give them a tiebreaker against the Giants this season.
7:20 p.m.: New England Patriots vs. Minnesota Vikings (NBC)
The Vikings haven’t played a prime-time Thanksgiving game since the third contest was added to the schedule in 2006, but they still have one of the league’s best records in a holiday game. They have 6 wins and 2 losses in these contests.
The Patriots are also 3-2, but haven’t played in a Thanksgiving game in 10 years. That final Thanksgiving tilt was a big deal for the Patriots as he blew the New York Jets 49-19 and took advantage of Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez’s infamous “bat fumble.” .
The match also has play-off implications for both clubs. The Patriots are currently tied with the Bengals and Jets on his 6-4 record, holding tie-breaks for both teams. They also overtake the Dolphins in the division standings by one game.
The Vikings are battling for a sizable lead in NFL North, already leading the Lions by four games. They also earned the top seed in the NFC, one game behind the Philadelphia Eagles.