2021 NFL Thanksgiving schedule: Raiders-Cowboys, Bills-Saints and NFC North showdown on tap

The NFL will once again be a part of Thanksgiving Day traditions in 2021, with three games to be played on Nov. 25. The league’s regular season schedule includes the trio of games fans can watch while they are enjoying turkey and stuffing and all the trimmings with friends and family.

Here are previews of the three games:

Bears at Lions (Thursday, Nov. 25 at 12:30 p.m. ET on FOX)

Outside of a four-year stretch in the early 1940s, the NFL has held Thanksgiving Day games every year since 1920. The Lions are the richest of Thanksgiving Day traditions and have been an annual participant since 1934. Last year’s Thanksgiving Day game was a disappointment for Detroit fans, as Deshaun Watson and the Texans cruised to a 41-25 victory. There is a chance that neither of the starting quarterbacks in that game are back with their teams this season: Matthew Stafford was traded to the Rams during the offseason, and Watson is facing legal troubles. 

The Lions offense has undergone significant changes since the 2020 regular season concluded. Stafford is out and Jared Goff is in. Kenny Golladay and essentially every other wide receiver on last season’s roster has moved on. The offensive line will be integrating No. 7 overall selection Penei Sewell into the program. 

Chicago finished the 2020 regular season with an 8-8 record. Former No. 2 overall selection Mitchell Trubisky left for Buffalo in free agency, which led to the signing of Andy Dalton. Shortly after making a social media post proclaiming Dalton as ‘QB1,’ the Bears were aggressive in moving up in the 2021 NFL Draft to select Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields. It remains to be seen how early Fields takes the field for the NFC North franchise, but that will be one of the biggest storylines leading up to the season. It’s possible he’ll be the Bears’ starter for this matchup.

The Bears last appeared on Thanksgiving Day in 2019 when they…

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