Thanksgiving Football Games 2020—NFL TV Schedule, Kickoff Time and Live Stream

Like almost everything else in 2020, Thanksgiving Day will have an unusual feel to it. Millions of Americans could spend the holiday away from their loved ones after being urged not to travel as the country continues to struggle to control the coronavirus pandemic.

Amid the unprecedented circumstances, the NFL will provide some much-needed normality with an almost full menu of football slated for Thursday. For the 15th consecutive year, the league had scheduled three games on Thanksgiving Day, but was forced to reschedule the Baltimore Ravens' trip to Pittsburgh after an outbreak of coronavirus among Baltimore players.

Originally scheduled for 8:20 p.m. ET on Thanksgiving, the AFC North rivalry has been postponed to 1:15 p.m. ET on Sunday and will be nationally broadcast by NBC, who would have carried the game on Thursday.

Here's all you need to know to keep up with the action as you negotiate your way through turkey and mash potatoes.

NFL Thanksgiving Day schedule

As usual, three games are scheduled for Thanksgiving Day, across three separate networks. FOX will carry the Detroit Lions home game against the Houston Texans at 12:30 p.m. ET, while CBS will broadcast the NFC East matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Football Team at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Live stream

Live stream will available through FOX and CBS digital platforms, which include apps on Apple and Android devices as well as via connected TVs.

Similarly, NFL Network's game pass will be available via connected TVs and on mobile devices and a live stream will also be available via fuboTV and DirecTV.

Houston Texans at Detroit Lions

  • FOX—12:30 p.m. ET

The Texans and the Lions meet on Thanksgiving for the first time since 2012, when the Lions squandered a 24-14 lead to lose 34-31 in overtime. Detroit and Houston have faced each other only four times in their history with the Lions' solitary win coming in 2004, but the drought could come to an end this week as they welcome the beleaguered Texans.

After four divisional title in five seasons, Houston's grasp on the AFC South is all but gone. The Texans inexplicably traded star wideout DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals for a paltry return in the offseason, before losing their first four games as the Bill O'Brien era came to a dismal end as Houston fired its head coach and de facto general manager in October.

The Texans have gone 3-3 after parting ways with O'Brien and arrive in Detroit on the back of defeating the New England Patriots.

The Lions' ride, meanwhile, has been only marginally less bumpy. Detroit is bottom of the NFC North with a 4-6 record and arrive into Thanksgiving on the back of a calamitous 20-0 loss road loss against the Carolina Panthers, who had lost four consecutive game until the Lions rolled into town.

Washington Football Team at Dallas Cowboys

  • CBS—4:30 p.m. ET

The NFC East has been abysmal throughout the season and its cumulative 12-27-1 record has it on track to become the worst ever division in NFL history—its current winning percentage stands at .313, compared with the historic .344 low, which belongs to 2008 NFC West.

Putrid as the division may be, it is also wide open with the 3-6-1 Philadelphia Eagles just marginally ahead of their three divisional rivals, who are all 3-7 after 11 weeks. That makes the Thanksgiving Day matchup between Dallas and Washington, who both arrive into the game of the back of wins, potentially pivotal for the race to the playoffs in the NFC East.

Dallas has won eight of the nine meetings between the two franchises on Thanksgiving, including each of the past two and leads the all-time series 73-44-2, while Washington has lost eight of the 11 games it has played on the holiday.

The Cowboys, however, lost to their NFC East rivals 25-3 last month.

Chase Young, Washington Football Team
Cameron Erving #75 of the Dallas Cowboys blocks against Chase Young #99 of the Washington Football Team during the game at FedExField on October 25. in Landover, Maryland. The two NFC East rivals meet again on Thanksgiving. Patrick McDermott/Getty