NFL Thanksgiving 2017 TV Schedule: How to Watch the Cowboys, Giants, Lions, Redskins, Holiday Football Games

Thanksgiving always seems like an opportune moment to evaluate playoff prospects in the NFL, and this year looks to be no different.

The league will present a triple-header on Thursday, including what looks like a game that could decide the direction of the NFC North and the Cowboys’ last shot at the playoffs when they host the unpredictable Chargers. Here’s how to watch all of Thursday’s games.

Vikings @ Lions

Probably the Lions’ last chance to catch the surging Vikings for the NFC North title and avoid a likely trip to the New Orleans Saints on Wild Card Weekend. A road win for the Vikings, for whom Case Keenum continues to impress at quarterback, would send them to 9-2 on the season, well within reach of the Eagles for the No. 1 seed in the NFC and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Realistically, the Lions are chasing the Falcons with whom they share a 6-4 record but would lose out to in a tiebreaker. This Lions vintage feels like many of the previous iterations in the Matthew Stafford era: Dangerous through the air, but with a defense that probably won’t take it very far into the postseason. Stafford is piling up the stats—he scooted past Troy Aikman in all-time passing yards over the weekend. But will he ever quarterback a bona fide Super Bowl contender?

TV Channels/Live Streams: FOX/Fox Sports Go, NFL Game Pass, Fubo, NFL Mobile, NFL Sunday Ticket

Start Time: 12.30 p.m. ET

Prediction: Vikings 21 Lions 14

Chargers @ Cowboys

The Cowboys probably won’t have to run the table to make the playoffs from here but they don’t have much room for manoeuvre anymore. The 37-9 defeat to the Eagles at AT&T Stadium showed two teams apparently moving in different directions—one, possibly, towards its first Super Bowl and the loser contemplating having to leapfrog four NFC rivals to sneak into the playoffs as the sixth seed. The Eagles also showed up the Cowboys’ offense for what it is without Ezekiel Elliott: Limited. Alfred Morris gained 91 yards on 17 carries on the ground but he lacks ‘Zeke’s’ dynamism and cannot keep defenses honest for Dak Prescott in the way the former Buckeye can. Prescott had a horrible Sunday afternoon, throwing three picks and no touchdowns.

The good news for the Cowboys is that the Chargers are talented but mistake-prone as usual and seemingly just drifting along in the AFC West. The bad news? The Kansas City Chiefs’ midseason stutters mean that improbably, they are only two games out of the division lead. A team that has Philip Rivers under center will always be liable to put together a series of wins, so the playoffs haven’t disappeared in the rearview mirror yet for the Chargers. This could be a perfect storm for the Cowboys, too, who have much bigger problems at left tackle than at running back. All-Pro Tyron Smith may be able to play on Thursday, according to CBS. In his two-game absence, the Cowboys have given up 12 sacks and now they get to face Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, maybe the NFL’s most fearsome combination of defensive ends.

TV Channels/Live Streams: CBS/CBS All Access, NFL Game Pass, Fubo, NFL Mobile, NFL Sunday Ticket

Start Time: 4.30 p.m. ET

Prediction: Chargers 28 Cowboys 21

Giants @ Redskins

When the Giants and the Redskins come together it’s never futile, of course. But in terms of the NFC playoff picture, this matchup is essentially meaningless. The Giants have been flat-out miserable this year under Ben McAdoo, and the 12-9 win over the Chiefs last Sunday looks like an anomaly in a season that may yet cost the sophomore coach his job. In a scathing review this week, the New York Post gave McAdoo a chance of being the Giants’ head coach next season, but only if he wins all four remaining divisional games this season.

The Redskins’ problems aren’t hard to figure out. Jay Gruden’s team has one of the NFL’s better passing offenses, led by Kirk Cousins, but the 31st-worst defense in the league in terms of points-per-game allowed. And Gruden may lose Cousins at the end of this season, anyway.

TV Channels/Live Streams: NBC/NBC Sports Extra, NFL Game Pass, Fubo, NFL Mobile, NFL Sunday Ticket

Start Time: 8.30 p.m. ET

Prediction: Giants 10 Redskins 17

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