Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and football — especially football, particularly if you live in Dallas or Detroit. Both cities and teams, the NFL explains, have been associated with Thanksgiving for decades, a tradition that continues this year. Keep reading for all the information you need to know about the games, including when and where to watch this year.
Green Bay Packers vs Detroit Lions, 12:30 on Fox
The last time these two rivals met on Thanksgiving was in 2011 when the Packers defeated the Lions 24 to 15. There have been 166 meetings between the two, and Green Bay leads the way 94-65-7. Most recently, they played on October 6, and Green Bay extended its winning streak over the Lions to five games with a 22 to 9 win.
When they meet Thursday on Ford Field in Detroit, the Packers will be without quarterback Aaron Rogers, who is out with a broken collarbone. In his place will be Matt Flynn. A win for Green Bay is important for the teams standing in its division, but according to the points spread, they are the underdogs. Detroit has lost the last two games, including last week’s loss at home to Tampa Bay. The Packers tied the Vikings last week, and lost the three games leading up to that.
Oakland Raiders vs Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 on CBS
The Cowboys may be the leaders for the NFC East, but their position for the playoffs isn’t secure. They’ll need a win against the Raiders to prove they are contenders in the post-season. The Raiders are looking for a win to keep the hope alive for a wild card spot in the playoffs, but they are far from the favorites to win on Thursday.
Last week, the Cowboys snapped the Giants four game winning streak, in New York. The Raiders lost, at home, to the Tennessee Titans. In Thanksgiving Day play, the Cowboys are 28-15-1. Thursday’s clash takes place in Cowboys Stadium.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs Baltimore Ravens, 8:30 on NBC
An intense NFL rivalry, amplified by both teams belonging to the AFC North, there have been 38 meetings between the two so far. Pittsburgh leads the rivalry, 23-15, and won the last match-up 19 to 16 on October 20. This will be the first time the Steelers face off against the Ravens on Thanksgiving, and it will happen at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
The Steelers and Ravens are tied for second in their division, which is lead by Cincinnati. Andrea Hangst manages Bleacher Report‘s NFC North blog. In her prediction, she gives the Ravens the win because the team rarely loses at home, and they will be fighting for the chance to defend their Super Bowl title. Lead NFL writer Matt Bowen, also of Bleacher Report sees hope for the Steelers to grind out a victory. The Ravens are the oddsmakers favored pick.
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