Thanksgiving Day NFL Games 2019: TV Schedule, Where to Watch, Live Stream

Football is as essential a component of Thanksgiving Day celebrations as turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.

This year is no different, with three games on the slate for Thursday, as the Detroit Lions host the Chicago Bears, followed by the Dallas Cowboys' home game against the Buffalo Bills, and the New Orleans Saints' trip to Atlanta to face the Falcons.

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Last year, the three Thanksgiving games drew in a combined 78.7 million viewers and similar figures are expected this season, as NFL fans across the country settle in for an 11-hour football marathon.

Here's all you need to know ahead of this season's Thanksgiving Day games.

Thanksgiving TV coverage

As usual, three games are scheduled for Thanksgiving Day, with FOX broadcasting the Chicago Bears' trip to Detroit, while CBS will carry the Cowboys game against the Buffalo Bills in Dallas. The late slot falls to NBC, which will broadcast the New Orleans Saints' trip to Atlanta, as it did a year ago.

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Live stream

Live stream will be available through the three broadcasters' digital platforms, which includes apps on Apple and Android devices as well as via connected TVs.

Live stream will also be available via fuboTV and DirecTV.

Thanksgiving TV schedule (all times ET)

  • Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions—12:30 p.m., FOX
  • Buffalo Bills @ Dallas Cowboys—4:30 p.m., CBS
  • New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons—8:20 p.m., NBC
Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
Dak Prescott #4 hands the ball off to x#21 of the Dallas Cowboys during a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on November 24 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Adam Glanzman/Getty

Thanksgiving talking points

Thursday may be a day of celebrations around the country, but it's very much a case of business as usual when it comes to football.

The Cowboys will be looking to improve to 7-5 and strengthen their grip on the NFC East after a disappointing 13-9 road loss against the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Dallas' owner Jerry Jones described the loss a "significant setback," but the Cowboys remained top of their division after the Philadelphia Eagles slipped to 5-6 following a home defeat against the Seattle Seahawks.

The Cowboys, however, have little room for error as the Eagles have the easiest closing schedule in the NFL.

The Bills, meanwhile, arrive in Dallas on the back of a 20-3 win over the Denver Broncos, improving to 8-3 and moving two games ahead of the pack chasing the second wild card slot in the AFC.

Buffalo faces a tough stretch between now and the end of the season and a win in Dallas would go some way towards cementing a playoff spot.

In the day's final game, meanwhile, New Orleans will be looking to become the first team to clinch a playoff spot.

The Saints improved to 9-2 and have essentially secured another NFC South title after defeating Carolina 34-31 in Week 12 and will relish the chance of avenging the 26-9 home loss they suffered against the Falcons on November 10.

The first game on Thanksgiving Day is the only one without any playoff implications, as both the Lions and the Bears have long been ruled out of the postseason race.

At the same time, a win against their NFC North rivals would sweeten an otherwise disappointing season.

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