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

You can’t truly enjoy Thanksgiving if the NFL isn’t on at least one screen in your home, seeing as the two combine for one of the best annual traditions. On Thursday, the world will be treated to a slate of three games as the turkey gets carved and enjoyed in the presence of family and friends. Leading the way is an NFC North clash that should start the afternoon off with a bang, followed by two interconference battles that will keep you invested the rest of the night while you enjoy another round of leftovers.

You won’t want to miss a moment of the action. Here are previews of the three games:

12:30 p.m. ET on FOX | Stream: fuboTV

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. 

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. 

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, who is now firmly in place as the starting quarterback. 

The Bears last appeared on Thanksgiving Day in 2019 when they defeated Detroit, 24-20. Chicago has played 36 Thanksgiving Day games — the third-most in league history — compiling a 19-15-2 record in those opportunities.

4:30 p.m. ET on CBS | Stream: Paramount+

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