NFL Thanksgiving schedule: Raiders-Cowboys, Bills-Saints and NFC North clashes
You can’t really enjoy Thanksgiving if the NFL isn’t on at least one screen in your home, as the two combine for one of the best annual traditions around. In 2021, the world will be treated to a three-game slate as the turkey is carved up and enjoyed in the presence of family and friends. In the lead, an NFC North clash which should start the afternoon on a high note, followed by two interconference battles which should keep the fireworks display until late in the evening.
You won’t want to miss a moment of the action. Here are previews of the three games:
Bears at Lions (Thursday, November 25 at 12:30 p.m. ET on FOX)
Outside of a four-year period in the early 1940s, the NFL has hosted Thanksgiving games every year since 1920. Lions are the richest traditions of Thanksgiving and have participated in it every year since 1934. The Thanksgiving game of the year he last year has been a disappointment. for Detroit fans, as Deshaun Watson and the Texans claimed a 41-25 victory.
The Lions offense has undergone significant changes since the end of the 2020 regular season. Stafford is out and Jared Goff is in. Kenny Golladay and pretty much every other wide receiver in the lineup last season has moved on.
Chicago finished the 2020 regular season with an 8-8 record. Former overall No. 2 Mitchell Trubisky left for Buffalo in free agency, which led to the signing of Andy Dalton. Shortly after posting a social media post proclaiming Dalton as “QB1,” the Bears were aggressive in advancing through the 2021 NFL Draft to select Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, who is now firmly in place as a starting quarterback.
The Bears last appeared on Thanksgiving Day in 2019 when they beat Detroit, 24-20. Chicago played 36 Thanksgiving games – the third-biggest in league history – going 19-15-2 on those occasions.
Raiders at Cowboys (Thursday, November 25 at 4:30 p.m. ET on CBS)
The Cowboys became the second regular Thanksgiving participant starting in 1966. All but two Thanksgiving have included games featuring the Lions and Cowboys since the inclusion of Dallas.
The Raiders will make the franchise’s first appearance at Thanksgiving since 2013. It will be the first since arriving in Las Vegas. The team has compiled a 3-4 record in the previous seven Thanksgiving Day appearances. Las Vegas have made significant changes to their offensive line and defense during the offseason. Kenyan running back Drake has been added to a pool of qualified players including Derek Carr, Josh Jacobs and Darren Waller. Yannick Ngakoue has been added to the defense to bolster the unit’s passing production. Las Vegas finished 8-8 in 2020 and did not make the playoffs.
Dallas’ 2020 season was sent into freefall when quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a season-ending injury. The defensive exit was unacceptable, resulting in a change of coordinator. Former Falcons head coach Dan Quinn is the new defense chief, who added Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons No.12 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Bills at Saints (Thursday, November 25 at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC)
The NFL added a prime-time game to the Thanksgiving Day schedule in 2006. There had been a prime-time game on Thanksgiving Day every year since 2006 until the Steelers-Ravens game was over. postponed during the COVID-19 pandemic last year.
Buffalo is only two years away from a 26-15 Thanksgiving Day win over the Cowboys. The franchise only made nine appearances on Thanksgiving Day and is tied at 4-4-1. Quarterback Josh Allen produced an MVP-caliber season before his bills failed in the AFC Championship against Kansas City. GM Brandon Beane has been one of the league’s most talented rosters and they should be back in the Super Bowl race.
The Saints only played three times on Thanksgiving Day, but the most recent was in 2019 when they took out the Falcons. In fact, New Orleans is an all-time perfect 3-0 Thanksgiving.
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