Do you know how football became an American tradition on Thanksgiving?

According to historyextra.com (This resource is actually the official website for the BBC History Magazine. Yes BBC)  each Thanksgiving, millions of Americans tune in to watch Thanksgiving Day Football. This tradition dates to 1934, when the Detroit Lions took on the undefeated, defending World Champion Chicago Bears of George Halas. Despite losing the inaugural game, since then the Lions have played football every Thanksgiving except between 1939 and 1944.

This year is no exception. There are three NFL games scheduled for Thanksgiving Day:

  • 12:30 EST Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears (on Fox)
  • 4:30 EST Buffalo Bills vs. Dallas Cowboys (on CBS)
  • 8:20 PM EST New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons (on NBC)

The Lions and the Bears have each had a so-so season this year. According to monstersandcritics.com, this game could well decide which team selects ahead of the other in the 2020 NFL Draft. The second game will take place in Dallas, Texas when the Dallas Cowboys host the surprising Buffalo Bills. Buffalo has played well all season and is in the hunt for a playoff spot in the AFC. However, they will have their hands full when they take on the Cowboys, who hold one of the top offensives statistically in the NFL.

The final game will see the New Orleans Saints face off against the Atlanta Falcons from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Saints are rolling towards the postseason while the Falcons are barely holding it together. Atlanta has played great football the past few weeks, however, their 1-7 start might be just too much to overcome in terms of making the playoffs.

More fun NFL Thanksgiving facts:

  • The Lions have played the most games on Thanksgiving in NFL history.  In their 79 games on Thanksgiving, Detroit owns a 37-40-2 record.
  • The Bears have played 35 games on Thanksgiving Thursdays in their history and they hold an 18-15-2 mark.
  • This is the second consecutive season that the Saints and Falcons will meet on Thanksgiving in the late window. A year ago, the Saints defeated the Falcons 31-17 in New Orleans.
  • Buffalo has played eight times on Thanksgiving and they own a 3-4-1 all-time record on Thanksgiving Day.
  • The New Orleans Saints are 2-0 in franchise history on Thanksgiving, with one of their wins coming against Atlanta just last year.

From our families here to yours we wish you a wonderful day together, we wish you great food, and we wish you some great football games. Let’s go!

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