NFL gears up for Thanksgiving Day triple-header

by Seth Udinski

Seth Udinski, FISM News


Football fans are looking forward to one of the most enjoyable days of the NFL season, as the annual Thanksgiving Day slate of games approaches with significant playoff implications in play. On Thursday, fans will be able to enjoy almost 11 straight hours of action from the three Turkey Day games.

In line with an NFL tradition going back several decades, the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys will suit up before their respective home crowds in the afternoon window. The winless Lions (0-9-1) look to claim their first victory of the 2021 season as they host their division rival Chicago Bears (3-7) at 12:30 EST, in the only game with no significant playoff implications.

At 4:30 EST, two high-profile franchises clash in Texas. The first-place Dallas Cowboys (7-3) look to bounce back from a loss in Kansas City as they welcome the Las Vegas Raiders (5-5), who are looking to go to the postseason for the first time since moving to Nevada in 2020.

In the nightcap, the Buffalo Bills (6-4) are trying to bounce back from a blowout loss to the Colts as they travel to the Superdome to take on the New Orleans Saints (5-5), who are coming off a shocking loss of their own to the Eagles. Like the Cowboys and Raiders, both of these teams are in the thick of their respective playoff races, and this game is likely to draw a large audience with a prime time 8:20 EST kickoff.