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Thanksgiving Day 2019 NFL Games: Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions, TV Channel, Live Stream, Odds

The Detroit Lions kick off Thanksgiving Day's football extravaganza when they host the Chicago Bears on Thursday afternoon.

The two NFC North rivals squared off in 1934 in the first NFL game nationally broadcast on radio and the Lions are widely credited with sowing the seed for professional football becoming a Thanksgiving staple.

Thursday will be the 80th time Detroit has played on the national holiday and marks the second consecutive year the franchise has hosted Chicago—the Bears having played 35 games on Thanksgiving Day.

A year ago, the Bears defeated the Lions 23-17 in Detroit, securing a fifth straight win to improve to 8-3. Chicago lost to the New York Giants after the bye, but won its final four games to finish the season with a 12-4 record.

Fast forward 12 months and the picture couldn't be more different in the Windy City. The Bears are third in the NFC North with a 5-6 record and any hopes of playoffs have long been shelved, let alone chances of winning back-to-back divisional titles for the first time since the 2005-2006 seasons.

Few players have epitomized Chicago's struggles this year as much as Mitchell Trubisky. A Pro Bowl selection last season, the second-overall pick of the 2017 draft has regressed at a rate of knots this year. Trubisky has thrown for 1,858 yards, 10 touchdown passes and six interceptions so far this season and ranks 31st in the league in terms of quarterback rating.

The 25-year-old threw for a season-high 278 yards and one touchdown in the 19-14 win against the Giants on Sunday, but was picked off twice.

"I'm happy we won, but it's not good enough, not really good enough," the Bears quarterback was quoted as saying by The Associated Press.

If Chicago has issues at quarterback, the Lions find themselves in a similar situation. Matthew Stafford's injury has deprived the Lions of their starting signal-caller and Jeff Driskel—who started the last three games, including the 20-13 loss in Chicago in Week 10—could also be ruled out for Thursday.

Lions coach Matt Patricia said on Monday Driskel had a tight hamstring and was listed as a limited participant on the Lions' estimated injury report.

In his three starts, Driskel has thrown for 685 yards for just four touchdowns and four picks, three of which came in Sunday's calamitous 19-14 defeat against the Washington Redskins.

Should Driskel not be available, the Lions are expected to turn to David Blaugh, a rookie from Purdue who is yet to take his first NFL snap. The quarterback issues have exacerbated an already difficult season for Detroit, who has lost the last four games and has won just once in the last eight.

The Lions are 3-7-1 and on course for a second consecutive losing season under Patricia. The former New England Patriots defensive coordinator is 9-17-1 and could come under scrutiny sooner rather than later, considering his predecessor was fired after finishing with a winning record three times in four seasons.

"I think for me, I absolutely hate losing, I'm a super-competitive person," Patricia said Sunday after the loss to Washington. "It gets me."

Halting the slide on Thursday won't be easy. The Lions may embody the Thanksgiving tradition more than any other franchise in the NFL, but their record on the national holiday is far from spectacular, with 37 wins, 40 losses and two ties.

Here's all you need to know ahead of Thursday.

Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears
Jeff Driskel #2 of the Detroit Lions plays against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 10 in Chicago, Illinois. David Banks/Getty

When and where is the game?

The Detroit Lions host the Chicago Bears at FirstEnergy Stadium in Detroit, Michigan, on Thursday, November 28.

Kick-off is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. ET.

TV coverage

The game will be nationally broadcast by FOX Sports.

Live stream

A live stream will be available via FOX Sports' digital platforms and the FOX Sports go app as well as fuboTV.


Detroit's season went from bad to worse on Sunday, when the Lions lost 19-16 against the hapless Washington Redskins and have now tumbled to 3-7 after losing seven of their last eight games.

The Bears, meanwhile, improved to 5-6 with an uninspiring 19-14 home win over the New York Giants.

Series record

The Bears have the edge in the all-time series, with 100 wins to the Lions' 74 in 179 meetings and have won the last three games against Detroit.


According to Oddschecker, the Bears are a two-point favorite and 4/5 to cover the spread, while the Lions are 13/10 underdogs.

The over/under line in terms of total points scored is set at 30.5.

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