Giving thanks for trio of great Thanksgiving games

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Upon release of the 2012 regular-season schedule, the first thing I checked was the lineup for the Thanksgiving tripleheader, which concludes with a first-ever NBC nightcap.

And it’ll be a great one.

After the Texans visit the Lions and the Redskins travel to Dallas, the Patriots visit the Jets in New York.

The Lions’ options were limited to Indianapolis and Houston, given that the Lions’ Thanksgiving game in 2012 will be televised by CBS.  The Cowboys had five alternative opponents to the Redskins, who will be bringing Robert Griffin III back to Texas.

The NBC game will feature one of the most bitter rivalries in the NFL, along with the Tebow factor.  Regardless of the quality of the game itself (and no matter how many of the viewers have slipped into Tryptophan-induced comas), the ratings will be through the roof.

41 responses to “Giving thanks for trio of great Thanksgiving games

  1. Sanchaze will start the game but Tebow will finish as QB for the Jerks. The stats will be 35-17 in Pats victory.

  2. This schedule worked out perfectly for the Patriots. They have the weakest schedule based on 2011 records, one more home game than road games, the bye after 8 games, and 3 home games in December against warm weather teams. No excuses this year.

  3. As a Lions fan I have a simple gripe, and I know it’s not a huge deal……BUT…..that being said, why do we always play @ Green Bay so late in the season? Out of the two games vs. GB, why does the first always seem to be in Detroit, and the second in Green Bay?

    And yes, it’s because I’m sick of my team having to play at Lambeau in December or January.

  4. Seriously? The first thing you did was check the Thanksgiving lineup?

    Most fans’ first step would be to check their own squad’s schedule.

    No accounting for taste I suppose.

  5. Sadly if the Jets win, look to see how much credit the media will be trying to give to Tim Tebow even if all he did was put a towel over Sanchez’s head..SMDH…Jets, WHY!!! You seriously didn’t need this level of attention, did you really?

  6. As a Skins fan, I love that we are not in Primetime…We suck on a national stage…And can barely squeak by with 1 PM games…Seems like a great 2012 coming up with RG3.

  7. Not sure why the Jets Patriots is gonna be so great. New England is going to be up 3 scores before I even dish out the stuffing and mashed potatoes.

  8. Pats vs Jets on turkey day will be awesome, more so because it will be the 2nd game of their yearly series and that is usually a biggie (like last year when the Pats killed them at home to go 2-0 for the the year!).
    Go Patriots!

  9. How in the world can you say it will be a “great one”? Maybe “predict” might be better.

    One thing about the NFL at this tome of year…the games you think will be great just might not be and the ones you think will suck end up great. Every year and year out.

  10. These games don’t look very impressive at all. Jets stink. Cowboys stink. Redskins stink. Houston at Detroit is the only game I may really want to watch.

  11. the pack or the bears vs the lions would have made TONS more sense. the biggest regular season football day of the year and the NFL soils the bed. morons.

  12. despite the idiocy of pitting the texans against the lions, its still a fun slate of games. if you dont think it is…..than watch the freaking MLS playoffs you clowns, because you really shouldnt be watching football…..or posting on this site.

  13. frankiefiveangels says: Apr 17, 2012 7:29 PM

    This schedule worked out perfectly for the Patriots. They have the weakest schedule based on 2011 records, one more home game than road games, the bye after 8 games, and 3 home games in December against warm weather teams. No excuses this year.
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    How can they have one more home game than away games?
    Also, in 2010,they had a tough schedule and went 14-2 and went one and done. Last year they had an easier schedule went 13-3 and got to the SB. You never know what will and won’t be and “easy schedule” for a particular team. 08 didn’t look that tough, then they lost TB for the year. Too many variables.

  14. I’ll have to tivo the first two games. It’s impossible to enjoy a football game surrounded by screaming, drunk, obnoxious relatives that serve dinner in the middle of the second game. It’s like being at the game.

  15. if you’re not down with this schedule i’ve got 2 words for ya…………………………………SUUUUUCK IT! gonna be a great turkey day, if ya SMELELELELELELELELOOWWWWW what RG3 is cookin! YA BUNCH A JABRONIS

  16. Jets vs. Pats is def the best game, but those terrible announcers make it almost unwatchable. Just give Madden and Summerall $ 1 million a game to do the broadcast. I’d watch it just for them.

  17. nflfollower says: Apr 17, 2012 7:29 PM

    As a Lions fan I have a simple gripe, and I know it’s not a huge deal……BUT…..that being said, why do we always play @ Green Bay so late in the season? Out of the two games vs. GB, why does the first always seem to be in Detroit, and the second in Green Bay?

    And yes, it’s because I’m sick of my team having to play at Lambeau in December or January.

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    ^This.

    I get that the whole “Frozen Tundra” vibe makes great TV (which undoubtedly explains things). But the impact of those cold, snowy games is outweighed by the fact that the real weather in that part of Wisconsin, in Dec/Jan is more cold & wet than it is “Frozen Tundra”. The real bitter cold & heavy snow doesn’t usually show up until late Jan. early Feb.

    At least the NFL has gone away from the “send Brett Favre/Aaron Rodgers/Tom Brady/Peyton Manning to Detroit on Thanksgiving” program. That was long past old.

  18. It’s great to see rivalry games on Thanksgiving day. I just wish we could have seen the Lions against the Packers or Bears. The best Thanksgiving side-dish? A big heaping spoonful of gridiron animosity.

  19. jdandcoke says:

    “the pack or the bears vs the lions would have made TONS more sense. the biggest regular season football day of the year and the NFL soils the bed. morons.”

    Well, due to television contracts, the Detroit home game has to be against a rival from the AFC this year, due to CBS having the rights to it. Last year, Green Bay was logical because FOX had the game rights. You see, they switch every year. Careful about calling out “morons” if you don’t have a clue how things have worked for the last 20 years.

  20. @mungman69 who said:

    “Why do Detroit and Dallas always play on Thanksgiving?”

    Pretty simple. Back in the 60’s no teams wanted to play on Thursday and the Lions and Cowboys said they would. Now that the game is an economic staple and NFL television records are being broken continually, eveybody wants in on the action. That’s most likely the point to the NFL making every team have to play a Thursday game this year. No more whining. Plus, something has to be said for tradition every now and then.

  21. mungman69 says: Apr 17, 2012 9:06 PM

    Why do Detroit and Dallas always play on Thanksgiving?
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    Tradition. In a world of traditions being tossed aside, it’s nice to see some things stay the same.

  22. We…as NFL fans…tolerated Detroit playing every Thanksgiving for about 30 years.
    And really, for no particular reason.
    Problem was, even if Detroit sacked up and happened to play well that day, you couldn’t build up any anticipation….because it was the Lions.
    Thank heavens they’re finally good.

  23. mungman69 says: Apr 17, 2012 9:06 PM

    Why do Detroit and Dallas always play on Thanksgiving?
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    Tradition. In a world of traditions being tossed aside, it’s nice to see some things stay the same.
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    Disagree… how about they spread the wealth around to the rest of the league. Lions and Cowboys are at least watchable now, but many years of lame games. I think it would be cool for fans to be able to spend T-Day at the game / tailgate turkey!

    They rotate the “London” game… they should rotate these ones, as well.

  24. If it wasn’t for the Lions and Cowboys there would be no game on Thanksgiving. The Lions actually started it in 1934, Dallas in 1966. Before those two did it, it was only high school and college teams. If your not a fan of either of those teams whine to your favorite team about why they didn’t start the tradition, because no one here wants to hear it.

  25. mungman69 says:

    “Why do Detroit and Dallas always play on Thanksgiving?”

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    Because Detroit came up with the idea in the 1934. It’s our tradition that Dallas and then the rest of the league glombed onto. Thanksgiving wouldn’t be right without Detroit Lions football.

    That and Ford spends $97 million dollars a year on advertising on NFL games.

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