Bears-Cowboys Thanksgiving game gaining steam

As we pointed out last week and explained again in our latest item for SportingNews.com, it appears that the Cowboys could be hosting the Bears for the second of three Thanksgiving games.

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.

37 responses to “Bears-Cowboys Thanksgiving game gaining steam

  1. You mean… The Cowboys aren’t allowed to have a game that’s not prime time? They can’t have a regular Sunday afternoon game? Well that explains why I had to see so much of Tony Romo to Roy Williams last year instead of some VARIETY!

  2. 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.
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    Wow, now that would be interesting, the Cowboys will play themselves. I always said the Cowboys were their own worst enemies. That’s the game I want to see on T-giving… Cowboys vs. Cowboys

  3. Im a huge BEARS fan but its going to be the Lions. For no partcular reason just the fact that the Goodell is behind it.

  4. I votes for Cowboys VS cowboys. That way we’re guaranteed to see the Boy’s beat themselves… As if we weren’t already.

  5. Well, the Eagles did play the Cowboys in 2006 on Christmas, which was a captive audience, so that is a possibility. More likely, however, the Eagles will be at the Cowboys in November on Sunday night primetime.

  6. brasho says:
    March 24, 2010 2:19 PM
    Wow, now that would be interesting, the Cowboys will play themselves. I always said the Cowboys were their own worst enemies. That’s the game I want to see on T-giving… Cowboys vs. Cowboys
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    That’s a little more turkey than anyone would be able to stomach.

  7. Geez, I hope the NFL doesn’t schedule the Bares v. Cowboys on Thanksgiving. Who wants to see the ‘Boys win a blowout.
    please, NFL, let the Bears labor in obscurity next year. Their ineptitude should stay in the shadows…..

  8. I wouldn’t be surprised if FOX and CBS swap Thanksgiving Day games starting this year. Due to a quirk in the NFL’s scheduling formula the pool of AFC teams to select from rarely changes much (which is why we’ve seen so many AFC East teams on Thanksgiving Day over the past 8 years but haven’t seen any AFC North teams). By flipping the AFC/NFC matchups you get a fresh pool of teams to select from going forward…

  9. Wouldn’t every team have 9 conference opponents every year? 3 in division, 4 in the division the whole conference plays, and 2 teams that placed similarly from the remaining two divisions in the conference?

  10. As a Bears fan, this would be great for me! Then it would be understood that I will be watching football. My wife isn’t a huge fan, but even she knows I can’t justify “having” to watch the Lions.

  11. 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.
    The idea of having the Cowboys playing the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day is absolutely fantastic. Imagine Tony Romo being injured by one of his own defensive lineman. Or imagine Tony Romo throwing an interception to one of his own defendsive backs.

  12. Cowboys’ six NFC opponents: the Redskins, Eagles, Cowboys, Lions, Bears, and Saints.
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    …….dummy

  13. When is the league going to stop wasting our time with the Lions on Thanksgiving Day? I can’t think of any other team in the league that I wouldn’t rather watch – even the Raiders. I haven’t seen a Lions game on Thanksgiving in years. As much as I like the game, I can’t picture how anyone would rather see this dreck than nothing at all.

  14. hardhead2 says:
    “please, NFL, let the Bears labor in obscurity next year. Their ineptitude should stay in the shadows…..”
    Awful spry for a team that has ONE playoff win in what, 15 f’ing years?
    Why dont you and Pervy Harvin go work on that next Mancrunch commercial? I am sure Vox would love to direct and more than likely get in on the action. Perhaps ‘Jeruh’ Jones could put you up on the big screen in that circus you call a stadium.

  15. Make it Cowboys-Redskins. Everyone knows that would be the least interesting matchup if they had to play an NFC East team.

  16. # habibfromnewdehli says: March 24, 2010 2:17 PM
    You mean… The Cowboys aren’t allowed to have a game that’s not prime time? They can’t have a regular Sunday afternoon game? Well that explains why I had to see so much of Tony Romo to Roy Williams last year instead of some VARIETY!
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    Come on, buddy. NOBODY saw much of “Tony Romo to Roy Williams” this season, not even people who watched every Cowboys game!

  17. Sounds like a nice holiday.
    A big family turkey dinner w/ all the fixins.
    A few cold beers.
    Watching the Girls lose, preferably in Jerry’s Shrine to Jerry.
    Sounds good to me.

  18. otm shank you are correct, but the cowboys only play 6 of those games at home where the thanksgiving game will take place. conveniently left out of the article. meaning their other 3 opponents who they will be playing on the road will be the packers, vikings, and cardinals. though i’m not sure as to how they managed to get road games for both the pack and vikings.

  19. A couple of teams that will be out of the playoff race?? What exactly has Dallas done to earn a yearly Thanksgiving date, in the last decade??
    I’d rather watch Detroit, at least they’re interesting!

  20. Hopefully, the cowboys lose. When that happens on thanksgiving, it makes it sooooo sweet. And since it’s a big stage, romo will likely blow it.

  21. Mike,
    Doesn’t each team have a total of 12 conference games, including the 6 within their division. They play all 4 teams of another division, then 1 from the other two within the conference. The remaining 4 games are played against a division from the opposing conference on a rotating basis.
    So if the Cowboys are scheduled to play the Lions and Bears in 2010 (haven’t glanced at a schedule, wouldn’t even know if its been released yet) they will also play Green Bay and Minnesota, New Orleans (as you indicated) and a team from the NFC West to be named later.
    Also, why wouldn’t the NFL schedule Cowboys-Saints for Thankgsgiving at 4:30pm?? Traditional Thanksgiving feasts end around that time and its often a highly rated game for TV. Just a few thoughts, bud..

  22. boy, you would think maybe, just maybe, the nfl would give us a colts vs pats, saints vs cowboys or vikes or even jets vs pats as a nice present for thanksgiving. money, money, money, money, money, money, money….i think its rather sickening. as far as the captive audience goes, i`ve got to many hot sister in-laws to hit on during a crappy game. except if the crappy game is on fox….PAM OLIVER!

  23. “Awful spry for a team that has ONE playoff win in what, 15 f’ing years?”
    Big talk for a team that has 4 winning seasons out of the last 14.
    “Come on, buddy. NOBODY saw much of “Tony Romo to Roy Williams” this season, not even people who watched every Cowboys game!”
    The 0-3gles saw a lot of it. 10 catches worth. Oh you mean teams with NFL-quality defensive backfields. My bad.

  24. “A couple of teams that will be out of the playoff race?? What exactly has Dallas done to earn a yearly Thanksgiving date, in the last decade??”
    Been the consistent top draw in the NFL.
    Thanks for playing.

  25. “Perhaps ‘Jeruh’ Jones could put you up on the big screen in that circus you call a stadium.”
    Aren’t the Bears still playing in a high school stadium?
    Don’t answer. Nobody cares because it’s the Bears.

  26. Personally, I have no interest… NONE… in watching the Cowboys and Lions every year on Thanksgiving. That’s a tradition that really has to go.

  27. im so sick of watching the cowboys+the lions lets get some sort of rotation. maybe there will be a good game once and a while.the lions make me hate thanksgiving

  28. Cowgurl fans have a terrible inferiority complex. This is the only thing that can describe why Vox writes 3 replies in a row, and continually refers to the Eagles as 0-3gles (which is retarded). This would also explain why boysroll has to include America’s real team in all of his posts. I bet they both live in DC and really want to cheer for the Skins.

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