Thanksgiving NFL Games 2021: Kick-Off Times, Schedule and How to Watch

Thanksgiving football is a tradition stretching back to the 1920s and for the fifteenth year in a row, the NFL is offering its own three-course-feast with three life games on TV on Thanksgiving Day.

This year's games are spread out timewise, giving you something to watch either side of your Thanksgiving meal. Each game will be shown on a different channel so to save you from channel hopping looking for each game as it starts, we've put together a guide on which games to watch and when.

The Week 12 games will be hosted in Detroit, Dallas and New Orleans, but if you're not attending in person, here's how to watch the matchups on television.

How to watch the Thanksgiving NFL games?

Bears at Lions on FOX (12:30 p.m. ET / 9:30 a.m. PT)

First up on November 25 is the Chicago Bears taking on the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Michigan. The game will air on FOX.

Lions fans haven't had much to be thankful for this season after losing their opening eight games. The Bears haven't faired much better as the two fill the bottom two places in the NFC North table.

Raiders at Cowboys on CBS (4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT)

The second matchup of the day sees the Oakland Raiders visit the Dallas Cowboys. Both teams have faired well this season, especially the Cowboys who currently sit atop the NFC East.

Tune into CBS to catch the action from the AT&T Stadium in Texas which will kick-off in the early afternoon Pacific time, and the late afternoon Eastern time.

Bills at Saints on NBC (8:20 p.m. ET / 5:20 p.m. PT)

The final game of the day sees the Buffalo Bills take on the New Orleans Saints at the Caesers Superdrome in Louisiana.

Both teams have enjoyed success and failures in 2021 so far but both stand a chance of making the play-offs at the end of the season. This battle is the final game of the day.

Week 12 games

The Thanksgiving trilogy will be the first three played from Week 12 of this NFL season.

The remaining twelve fixtures will be played Sunday November 28 and Monday November 29, 2021.

You can find the full NFL schedule on their website.

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The Dallas Cowboys will be in action on Thanksgiving Day 2021. Tom Pennington/Getty Images