Thanksgiving Football Games: Time, Channel, Livestream for Cowboys, Lions, Saints Matchups

For most Americans, Thanksgiving means a feast with family and friends, and for many, watching one, two, or even three football games. There are more than nine hours of National Football League division rivalry games to enjoy alongside your turkey and fixings. The NFL games this Thanksgiving Day feature some of the biggest NFC teams: the Detroit Lions versus the Chicago Bears, the Dallas Cowboys versus the Washington Redskins and the Atlanta Falcons versus the New Orleans Saints.

The games are part of the NFL's Thanksgiving tradition. The Lions have played on turkey day since 1934, while the Cowboys have played on the day since 1966. Team owners were smart to capitalize on the fact that many football fans would be glued to the television as a family pastime, or needed an excuse to avoid small talk with relatives. The Lions and Cowboys have hosted games since 1978. The tradition has become that the Lions get the early game and the Cowboys play second.

The NFL added a third primetime matchup in 2006. Unlike the first two, the third game on Thanksgiving has been played and hosted by a range of teams. Here is information on the three games on Thursday this year:

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Bears at Lions: 12:30 p.m. EST

This game will be broadcast by CBS.

The Lions and Bears will face each other again after a heated game from Week 10, when the Bears dominated the Lions and the Lions rallied late to finish within 12 points. The Bears (7-3) are first in the NFC North and seeking to win the division. Meanwhile, the Lions (4-6) are not having a good year. The Lions have a good record on Thanksgiving in recent years—4-1 in the last five years.

Redskins at Cowboys: 4:30 p.m. EST

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This game will be broadcast by Fox.

It is a highly anticipated matchup since the Cowboys won in Week 10 and 11 to improve to 5-5, and are only one game behind the Redskins (6-4) who are first in the NFC East. Expect it to be a defensive game. The Redskins are stronger on defense, but the Cowboys' defense this season has been solid.

Falcons at Saints: 8:20 p.m. EST

This game will be broadcast by NBC.

The southern teams rivalry should prove to be intense. The Saints (9-1) lead the NFC South, and the Falcons (4-6) are third in the division. This could have shaped up to be an NFC Championship game preview, but the Falcons have been marred by injuries. Instead, this game is a chance for the Saints to claim the No. 1 seed in the conference—but given their rivalry, the Falcons won't make it easy.

This game can be livestreamed on fuboTV.

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