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So who’s playing on the big day?
Early Afternoon: Bears @ Lions
- Chicago Bears (5–6) @ Detroit Lions (3–7–1)
- Airing at 12:30pm on FOX
The Detroit Lions, as is tradition, kicks off the action on Thanksgiving Day with a home game against their divisional-rival Chicago Bears. The Bears (5–6), despite two easy giveaways by Mitch Trubisky, managed to fend off the NY Giants and improve to five wins, but their path to the playoffs demands a spectacular collapse from one of the current contenders. If they drop this game against the Lions, the path all but seals shut.
Despite the Bears’ offensive woes, their defense is one of the best in the game. The Lions have gotten points on the board for much of the season, but after a poor showing in Washington, they’ve now dropped to 3–7–1. Detroit’s playoff hopes hinge now on a series of miracles—a perfect end to their season and a nearly perfectly disastrous end for pretty much everyone else in the NFC.
It’s been a rocky year for both teams, and at this point, they’re both playing more likely for pride than anything else. Who will show up and earn their turkey legs?
Late Afternoon: Bills @ Cowboys
- Buffalo Bills (8–3) @ Dallas Cowboys (6–5)
- Airing at 4:30pm on CBS
The afternoon sees the other perennial Thanksgiving team, the Dallas Cowboys (6–5), hosting the upstart Buffalo Bills (8–3).
There’s not a lot of history between these two teams. This is only their third meeting this decade. In addition, the Bills have only played eight games on Thanksgiving before this year, so the historical edge goes to the Cowboys, who have over fifty appearances and a winning holiday record.
The Bills have a commanding hold of the fifth seed in the AFC. If the Cowboys had beaten the Patriots on Sunday, the Bills might be eyeing the top spot in their division. Still, with matchups against the Pats and the Ravens in the final few weeks, the Bills will be looking for a win on Thanksgiving to keep their momentum up as they head into the final stretch of the regular season.
The Cowboys may have lost to the Patriots in their rainy, low-scoring battle on Sunday, but their challengers for the NFC South, the Eagles, went down to the Seahawks, as well. The Cowboys can stay ahead in their division and on path for the playoffs with a good showing on Thanksgiving afternoon.
Evening: Saints @ Falcons
- New Orleans Saints (9–2) @ Atlanta Falcons (3–8)
- Airing at 8:20pm on NBC
When you’re ready for seconds (or thirds), the New Orleans Saints (9–2) will be heading into Atlanta to face their once-mighty divisional rival Falcons (3–8).
At the start of this year, this matchup might have sounded a little more impactful than it does now. The Falcons’ attempt at a late-season surge was stopped by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jameis Winston —in a very Jameis Winston game.
Still, it was only a few weeks ago that the Falcons held the Saints to nine points and earned their second win of the season. In recent years, the rivalry has seen a lot of close games and a pretty even record.
The Saints are coming off a hard-fought last-minute victory over the Carolina Panthers (5–6) and looking ahead to a tough matchup against the San Francisco 49ers (9–1). How much fight will they bring to the table on little rest and in advance of a game against a potential playoff opponent?