How you can watch the Thanksgiving 2020 NFL video games
Thanksgiving is almost here, and it's a day to celebrate the first time a pilgrim tossed a stuffed turkey 40 yards into the end zone for a tough touchdown catch amid heavy coverage. That's why it's tradition to watch football all day and all night on Thanksgiving. Family time and turkey dinner were later added to the vacation.
This year there are the usual teams that always have NFL games on Thanksgiving: the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys. But because the two teams are having some bad years this season (I'm nice), it's the matchup between rivals AFC North in prime time that is Turkey's metaphorical centerpiece in this pigskin buffet.
Here's who's playing and how to watch the 2020 Thanksgiving NFL games.
Houston Texas at Detroit Lions, 12:30 p.m. ET / 9:30 p.m. PT on CBS
It's okay to stay in bed a little longer and miss the prelude as the 2-7 Texans go up against the 4-5 Lions in a matchup that means very little except for eternally hopeful Lions fans, like me I'm pretty sure they don't exist since I've only spoken to eternally wretched Lions fans. Detroit has hosted Thanksgiving games since 1934 with a 37-40-2 record.
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Washington Football Team at Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT on Fox
This is a great matchup … for a Thanksgiving Day in the 1980s. Both Dallas and Washington are 2-7 and are at the end of the embarrassingly terrible NFC East, with Dallas coping with key violations and Washington being Washington. It's going to be a good day for backup quarterbacks as both teams send out slingers who started the year with clipboards. This is the game that gambling was invented to keep it interesting. America's Team has been hosting Thanksgiving games almost annually since 1966.
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:20 p.m. ET / 5:20 p.m. PT on NBC
The primetime Thanksgiving game has been a tradition since 2006. New teams, usually division rivals, play. This year's matchup is juicy. The Baltimore Ravens (6-3) face their undefeated arch-rival Pittsburgh Steelers (9-0). Baltimore will play furiously after a disappointing start to the season while Pittsburgh will need a strong defense to keep Raven's QB Lamar Jackson at bay. This is going to be an old fashioned, grainy football. Do not go into turkey coma during this time.
The rest of the week's NFL games will continue on Sunday November 29th and Monday November 30th.