As always, the Lions and Cowboys will be in action in the earlier two games. The Lions will play a divisional rivalry against the Bears in the 12:30 p.m. ET slot. It will mark their 82nd career Thanksgiving game since they started playing on the holiday back in 1934.6
Why do the Cowboys play on Thanksgiving?
- The Cowboys’ tradition of playing on Thanksgiving started when then-general manager Tex Schramm signed up for the holiday game in 1966. Schramm sought more national publicity and saw Thanksgiving as a way to boost national attention from football fans in and out of Dallas.
Which NFL teams will be playing on Thanksgiving 2021?
NFL Thanksgiving 2021 Schedule: Bears-Lions, Raiders-Cowboys, and Bills-Saints. 6
What football teams are playing Thanksgiving Day?
Since the beginning of time, okay maybe not that long ago, but since very early on in National Football League history, fans have been able to watch the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day. This season, the Lions host the Bears, the Cowboys host the Bills, and the Falcons host the Saints. 6
Is there 3 NFL games on Thanksgiving?
Since its inception in 1920, the National Football League (NFL) has played games on Thanksgiving Day, patterned upon the historic playing of college football games on and around the Thanksgiving holiday. Since 2006, a third prime time game has also been played on Thanksgiving.
Why does Dallas always play on Thanksgiving Day?
The Cowboys’ tradition of playing on Thanksgiving started when then-general manager Tex Schramm signed up for the holiday game in 1966. Schramm sought more national publicity and saw Thanksgiving as a way to boost national attention from football fans in and out of Dallas.
Who have the Cowboys played the most on Thanksgiving?
The Cowboys are 30-21-1 on Thanksgiving, including 8-1 against Washington. The teams last met on turkey day two years ago, a 31-23 Dallas win. The Cowboys have hosted the game every year since 1966 except for 1975 and 1977 when the St. Louis Cardinals hosted.
Do the Lions play every Thanksgiving?
While there’s no official contract that these two teams must play every Thanksgiving, it’s been a constant tradition for decades. The Lions began playing on Thanksgiving back in 1934, while the Cowboys began their Thanksgiving games on 1966. So, it’s definitely not a new tradition by any means. 6