Thanksgiving NFL games: Here’s where to watch both games
For football fans, Thanksgiving isn’t just about giving thanks & eating comfort food. Instead, avid NFL fans get to enjoy watching football all day long with back-to-back games. It’s especially a great day for Detroit Lions & Dallas Cowboys fans, as both teams are the traditional hosts of the Thanksgiving Day games.
Every year since 1978, both teams have hosted a Thanksgiving Day game, giving fans some of the best & most memorable plays in football. With a whole day surrounded by family, eating delicious food, giving thanks, and watching football, what more can a football fan ask for?
Even though Thanksgiving might be marred for many due to social distancing and the CDC’s recommendation to hold people back from traveling, thankfully, there’s still some American football to enjoy. Here’s a rundown of every game happening on Thanksgiving and why the third game had to be postponed at the last minute.
Lions vs. Texans
The Detroit Lions, the oldest & longest-held traditional host on Thanksgiving, will play against the Houston Texans on Thanksgiving. There won’t be any fans at the game due to COVID-19 concerns, but you can watch the game on CBS starting at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time, or 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time. For those without a TV, you can stream the game on fuboTV or on Yahoo! Sports.
According to ESPN, the Texans are more likely to win, but both of their records are questionable, as the Texans have won only three out of their ten games, while the Lions have won four out of their ten games.
Cowboys vs. Washington
Meanwhile, the Cowboys, the other traditional Thanksgiving host, is set to play against the Washington Football Team. Unlike the Lions & Texans game, the Cowboys & Washington Football Team will play in front of an audience in a limited capacity. Since the game is taking place at the Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas, fan attendance is allowed.
For those taking the extra-precaution and staying at home, you can watch the game on Fox starting at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time, or 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time. If you don’t have a TV, you can also stream the game on fuboTV.
According to ESPN, the winner could go either way, but two out of three of their sports reporters chose the Cowboys to be the winner of the afternoon. Like the Lions & Texans, neither the Cowboys nor Washington have a great record this year, as both have only won three out of ten games so far this season.
What about the third game?
Since 2006, the NFL has established an additional third game on the Thanksgiving slate, though without a traditional host like the Lions or the Cowboys. This year, the NFL picked the Pittsburgh Steelers to go against their rivals the Baltimore Ravens on Thanksgiving Day. It seemed like it would be a stellar game, as they’re huge rivals and the Steelers remain undefeated after ten games.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 concerns, the game has been postponed until Sunday, November 29th, according to USA Today. Instead, the Steelers & Ravens game will be shown on NBC with kickoff at 1:15 p.m. Eastern Time, or 10:15 a.m. Pacific Time. Playing in Pittsburgh, the game won’t hold any fans due to Pennsylvania COVID-19 orders.
According to ESPN, the Ravens had multiple positive COVID-19 tests, placing seven players on the reserve/COVID-19 list for either testing positive or coming in close contact with the virus. Multiple Ravens staffers have also come into contact, according to NFL.com, and one staff member was disciplined for their “conduct surrounding the recent COVID-19 cases”, but no other details were shared about the unnamed staffer.