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Thanksgiving Football


Guide to NFL Thursday, Thanksgiving Edition

November 26, 2020

The GIST: It’s Thanksgiving in America, which means two great things for Canada: tomorrow’s Black Friday deals, and today’s NFL games.

Sweet! When does it start?: Thanksgiving football kicks off as it always does: with a Detroit Lions home game at 12:30 p.m. ET. The Lions have been hosting Thanksgiving games since 1934 (save for a hiatus during WWII), and they’re joined this year by the Houston Texans.

  • Neither team has had a particularly stellar season so far, with the Texans at 3-7 and the Lions at 4-6. The Texans are coming off a clutch win over the New England Patriots on Sunday and will look to carry that momentum to give the Lions yet another Thanksgiving Day loss. Fun fact: the Lions own a pretty meh 37-41-2 Thanksgiving record.

Nice. Keep ’em coming: The Dallas Cowboys are the other Thanksgiving Day staple, competing during almost every feast since 1966. While they have an impressive holiday record of 31-20-1, the Cowboys and their fellow NFC East division opponents, the Washington Football Team (WFT), have matching 3-7 records this season.

  • The Cowboys will be playing with heavy hearts as they mourn the death of their strength and conditioning coach, Markus Paul. Paul, who won five Super Bowls as a member of the Patriots’ and New York Giants’ coaching staff, suffered a medical emergency during team practice on Tuesday and passed away yesterday.
  • We expect this one to be a messy matchup between two below .500 teams, but we think the Cowboys will continue their holiday tradition and take the win in honor of Coach Paul. Kick-off is set for 4:30 p.m. ET.

Any other games?: Unfortunately, that’s it. The undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers were supposed to host the 6-4 Baltimore Ravens in primetime but, of course, 2020 had other plans.