Thanksgiving Day is almost upon us, and we took a look at what the NFL has in store for turkey day this year.
One of the most exciting days of the NFL season is just a couple of days away.
It’s almost Thanksgiving Day, meaning that while you spend time with family and friends, and devour delicious turkey and mashed potatoes, you also get to enjoy a full day of NFL football. It’s the perfect holiday, and family, food and football are the perfect mix of wonderful things.
This year’s slate of Thanksgiving NFL games should be pretty fun. None of these games will live up the Monday night thriller the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs just gave us, but we will still get to watch three entertaining divisional matchups, and you can never go wrong there.
Here’s a look at this year’s Thanksgiving Day games…
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions –- 12:30 p.m. ET, CBS
This might not be the NFC North showdown we would’ve preferred. But still, it’s difficult to complain. The Chicago Bears are a really fun team to watch this year, and they are coming off of a huge divisional win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night — a game in which Khalil Mack and the vicious Chicago defense gave Kirk Cousins a very rough night.
That’s what Detroit’s Matt Stafford has to look forward to this Thanksgiving as the first-place Bears look to keep putting space between themselves and the rest of the NFC North.
Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys — 4:30 p.m. ET, FOX
This is the game with the biggest stakes. The Redskins and Cowboys will meet for the second time this season, and this time first place in the NFC East will be on the line. Dallas will have the momentum, having won its last two games, and will look to take advantage of playing on their home field.
The Redskins, on the other hand, will be playing their first game with Colt McCoy at quarterback following Alex Smith’s devastating injury on Sunday. Thanksgiving Day might be the beginning of the end for what was becoming a hopeful season for Washington fans.
Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints –- 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC
Thanksgiving Day will wrap up with an NFC South showdown between the seemingly unstoppable 9-1 New Orleans Saints and the slowly drowning Atlanta Falcons, who are just 4-6. Having dropped their last two games, including one to the Cleveland Browns, it’s unlikely the Falcons will get back in the win column on Thursday.
They are facing a Saints team that has won nine straight games after losing in Week 1, and they even handed the Rams their only loss of the season to this point. Given the fact that this game is in New Orleans as well, this one could get ugly before it’s all said and done.
The Rams barely escaped the Chiefs with a thrilling victory on Monday night to move to 10-1, so Drew Brees and the Saints will need a Thanksgiving Day victory if they hope to keep pace with them.