Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram believes the same thing, reporting last night that a league source calls the prediction of the Bears being the opponent “a good guess.”
With FOX televising the game, the opponent definitely will be one of the Cowboys’ six NFC opponents: the Redskins, Eagles, Cowboys, Lions, Bears, and Saints.
As Williams points out, the Cowboys haven’t hosted an NFC East opponent on Thanksgiving since 2002. The Lions are otherwise unavailable that day, and Saints-Cowboys is a game that the league won’t want to waste on the captive audience that goes along with the fourth Thursday in November.
That same mindset is likely what has kept the Giants, Eagles, and Redskins out of Dallas on Thanksgiving; given, however, that the Bears played at Dallas in 2004 and have faced the Lions on that holiday in 1999, 1997, 1993, 1991, 1980, 1979, and 1977, perhaps the Bears aren’t the best choice.
The captive audience would be pleased, but then Bears-Cowboys would be relegated to a regional Sunday afternoon audience.