Week 13 of the NFL kicks off this Thursday with the continuing tradition of the National Football League on Thanksgiving Day. Each game will be broadcast on a different network, and they will all take place one after the other, so there will be no conflicts and overlaps and it will be possible for you to enjoy all three games in full without having to miss anything!
This year, the NFL will host three games on thanksgiving day beginning at 12:30 PM Eastern time and the final game beginning at 8:20 PM Eastern time, finishing up at around 11:30 in the evening.
In fact, due to the start time this year of the first game at 12:30, you can enjoy, in full, the New York City Thanksgiving Day Parade, broadcast on NBC from 9 AM to Noon, and then switch over to the NFL Broadcast.
Game 1: Chicago @ Detroit - 12:30 PM Kickoff - FOX
The Chicago Bears were full of expectations coming into the year, after coming up short in their divisional round playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles where they lost on a last second missed field goal by Cody Parkey, many believed the Bears would ride their strong defense right back into the playoffs. Unfortunately for Chicago fans, this season has been a disaster, and now they have dug themselves a hole that will be almost impossible to overcome due to the stacked NFC Wild Card race. They would have to catch up to the 8-3 Minnesota Vikings, who currently hold the second NFC Wild Card spot. At their current mark of 5-6 entering play this Thanksgiving, it would take a miracle to reach the postseason.
As always, the Detroit Lions are playing on Thanksgiving Day, a tradition that has gone on uninterrupted since 1934! This year they will face the aforementioned Chicago Bears, which is a rematch of the first ever Thanksgiving Day NFL game, played in 1920, nearly a full century ago.
The game will begin at 12:30 in the afternoon and will be broadcasted on FOX.
Game 2: Buffalo @ Dallas - 4:30 Kickoff - CBS
The Dallas Cowboys have played on Thanksgiving every year since 1966, and this year they host the high flying Buffalo Bills. As Always, the Cowboys have a home game for Thanksgiving.
Dallas is coming off a defensive battle that they ended up on the short end of when they visited Foxboro to take on the New England Patriots and lost by a score of 13-9. That game had some controversial tripping calls that went against the Cowboys offensive line that the league has since admitted were incorrect, so there may be some revenge on the minds of the Cowboys.
Buffalo beat Denver at home last week in a game that the Bills defense dominated. The Bills will be looking for their third straight win when they travel to Dallas on turkey day.
Game 3: New Orleans @ Atlanta - 8:20 Kickoff - NBC
Three weeks ago, the Saints suffered a shocking home loss to the lowly Atlanta Falcons. A game where the Atlanta defense kept Drew Brees and the Saints out of the endzone in a 26-9 victory at the superdome. With that surprising result still fresh in the memory of both sides, there is some added kick to an already heated divisional clash this Thanksgiving for the two teams.
The Saints recovered from that loss to Atlanta and have rattled off two straight wins over Tampa Bay and Carolina in a thriller last week, and will enter Mercedes Benz Stadium looking for revenge.
The Falcons, after beating the Saints in New Orleans three weeks ago, went to Carolina and enjoyed another dominant win, before coming home last week to lose to the Buccaneers.
From all of us at Sp0rtz News, we hope you and your family enjoy a Happy Thanksgiving!