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Packers-Lions, Raiders-Cowboys, Steelers-Ravens on Thanksgiving

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A baseball conflict prevented the Ravens from getting the Super Bowl champions’ traditional Thursday night Week One home game. But they will get a Thursday night home game on NBC.

The NFL’s 2013 regular season schedule includes the Ravens hosting the Steelers on Thanksgiving night. Baltimore and Pittsburgh have one of the NFL’s best rivalries, so it’s easy to see why the league wanted to put that game in one of the NFL’s marquee time slots.

A harder decision to understand is what the NFL is doing with the mid-afternoon game on CBS: The Raiders will visit Dallas. Almost everyone expected the Cowboys to host the Broncos on Thanksgiving, and it would seem that Peyton Manning and Co. would make for a much more attractive Thanksgiving opponent for Dallas. But the NFL has decided to put the Silver and Black on Thanksgiving instead.

And Thanksgiving will open on FOX with the most common Thanksgiving rivalry in NFL history, Packers at Lions. This will be the 21st time that the Lions and Packers have met on Thanksgiving.

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73 Responses to “Packers-Lions, Raiders-Cowboys, Steelers-Ravens on Thanksgiving”
  1. radrntn says: Apr 18, 2013 8:07 PM

    americas team vs the raider nation…go raiders!

  2. scoops1 says: Apr 18, 2013 8:08 PM

    Stomp gate part 2 ??

  3. floridaslonechargersfan says: Apr 18, 2013 8:08 PM

    So the Chargers will be the Eagles home opener this year. Saints in 09, Packers in 10, Giants in 11, Ravens in 12=All Super Bowl Champions. So I’m booking my flight to NYC in February! LOL!

  4. catfanatic1979v1 says: Apr 18, 2013 8:09 PM

    So three bloodbaths with the Cowboys, Packers and Ravens winning? lol

  5. thesteelers says: Apr 18, 2013 8:09 PM

    We own Ravens. Deal with it.

  6. fishfiletkray says: Apr 18, 2013 8:09 PM

    Cowboys Raiders? Are you *#$&#*@ kidding me?

  7. thesteelers says: Apr 18, 2013 8:09 PM

    We own AFC North. Deal with it.

  8. thesteelers says: Apr 18, 2013 8:10 PM

    We own NFL. Deal with it.

  9. dallashomer says: Apr 18, 2013 8:12 PM

    Peyton vs America’s (most hated) Team? The $ 9-billion Juggernaut doesn’t need intriguing story lines.

  10. thekingdave says: Apr 18, 2013 8:13 PM

    If the Texans hosted the Seahawks 4 years ago in 2009, why are they doing it once again this fall?

  11. greymares says: Apr 18, 2013 8:13 PM

    screw these teams Eagles open up with 3 games in 11 days. Chip’s team better play fast.

  12. andylucksneck says: Apr 18, 2013 8:14 PM

    Finally, the cowgirls might win a thanksgiving game.

    HTTR!!!!!!!

  13. classactcalvin81 says: Apr 18, 2013 8:14 PM

    Cowgirls always get a scrubby team on thanksgiving why do my boys get teams like Packers, Patriots, Texans, ETC…. Go D!!!

  14. logicalvoicesays says: Apr 18, 2013 8:18 PM

    They knew better than to send RGIII and the Redskins into Dallas again. The game would be over in the 1st quarter this time around as the Skins wouldn’t let up this time.

  15. dapell says: Apr 18, 2013 8:18 PM

    The Packers on Thanksgiving again? As a Detroit fan this is getting old. If we aren’t playing the Pats in any given year lately it seems like the NFL’s first choice is to send in Green Bay.

  16. black43gold says: Apr 18, 2013 8:19 PM

    Gotta love Steelers@Ravens Thanksgiving night. Never see a lot of Steelers Thanksgiving games, and the fact its one of our two biggest games of the season makes it that much sweeter!
    And no, @thesteelers, we dont own anything yet, we gotta go get it!

  17. onbucky96 says: Apr 18, 2013 8:22 PM

    Packers crush Lionesses during early game. I eat start of 2nd game. Sound asleep for 3rd game, who wants to watch Ravens/Steelers anyways. BORING. Next issue…

  18. thesteelers says: Apr 18, 2013 8:23 PM

    We own you. LOL

  19. thefiesty1 says: Apr 18, 2013 8:27 PM

    It doesn’t matter who they show on Thanksgiving, I’ll be attending the Longhorns against whoever they’re playing this year instead of the annual Aggie game. Pro ball just doesn’t hold a candle to a great weekend of meaningful college ball.

  20. lks311 says: Apr 18, 2013 8:29 PM

    Little disappointed to see Packers-Lions AGAIN. Would have been great to get the Northeast market engaged early with Giants-Lions.

  21. cornerblitz says: Apr 18, 2013 8:33 PM

    And once again the Lions get an automatic home game on a short week. Congratulations ahead of time on screwing it up once again.

  22. menofsteelx6 says: Apr 18, 2013 8:39 PM

    The steelers and ravens on thanksgiving.. Regardless who wins this game will be bloodbath and will come down to a field goal difference, I hope both teams are at their full strength , this will not be a game to miss in my opinion !

  23. sportsinhd says: Apr 18, 2013 8:41 PM

    Not surprised the Silver and Black is on Thanksgiving, the NFL enjoys creating opportunities to subject the American public to meaningless Raider games they can’t avoid.
    Watching the Raiders lose during the late game of Monday Night Football is a near tradition at this point.

  24. 13arod says: Apr 18, 2013 8:42 PM

    why does the packers and lions play each other again on thanksgiving it is geetting old why not packers and pats

  25. cmich2006 says: Apr 18, 2013 8:46 PM

    Ravens are home and home and steelers away and away….roger stacks the deck in the ravens favor again.

  26. ravenator says: Apr 18, 2013 8:47 PM

    Its gonna be so much fun to ruin thanksgiving for all Pittsburgh families

  27. p4hbiz says: Apr 18, 2013 8:58 PM

    Raiders Baby!!!

  28. jgammell2012 says: Apr 18, 2013 9:00 PM

    Can’t wait to feast on raven bird for thanksgiving lol . Ravens will be out of contention by then anyway cheers hate on haters ! Lol

    We know who this comment is meant for. Lol :))))

  29. ravensdominate says: Apr 18, 2013 9:01 PM

    theater lets, ummmm no you do not own the World Champs. Sorry. Take your rusty rings and go to bed.

  30. maiphatdong says: Apr 18, 2013 9:06 PM

    It takes a special kind of genius to put the raiders on tv. This will be the year i finally eat at the dinner table on Thanksgiving.

  31. rprudhomme says: Apr 18, 2013 9:08 PM

    Raiders are gonna destroy the Cowgirls

  32. steelers88 says: Apr 18, 2013 9:18 PM

    Finally the Steelers play on THANKSGIVING!!!!!!

  33. rocketcrab says: Apr 18, 2013 9:24 PM

    black43gold says: Apr 18, 2013 8:19 PM

    Gotta love Steelers@Ravens Thanksgiving night. Never see a lot of Steelers Thanksgiving games, and the fact its one of our two biggest games of the season makes it that much sweeter!
    And no, @thesteelers, we dont own anything yet, we gotta go get it!
    ———————————————————-
    Man, even though my wife understands that I am a diehard Ravens fan, I think my tickets will go elsewhere that night. Too bad, cuz I would have welcomed you to our tailgate and poured you an adult beverage! You sound like a sane voice in the Ravens/Steelers, Steelers/Ravens rivalry!! AFC North – the best in the NFL.

  34. rraider says: Apr 18, 2013 9:25 PM

    The Raiders and Cowboys played on Thanksgiving the 1st year Texas stadium opened………….I was there.

  35. larrydavid7000 says: Apr 18, 2013 9:26 PM

    ravennator. how many prime time games is your loser of a team getting this year. you see even the NFL doesn’t think your sorry team is worth it. 5 PRIME TIME GAMES FOR THE REDSKINS.!!!!!!!

  36. axespray says: Apr 18, 2013 9:29 PM

    NFL analysts will say “Packers-Lions Shoot Out!” only for the fans to be disappointed with a 23 -16 type of game…

    That 45-42 shootout in 2011 was when both teams rested a lot of defensive players….

    Whatever the case, Packers-Detroit/Packers-Bears/Bears-Lions always wind up defensive battles….

    Packers-Vikings thou…. always shootouts.

  37. modellforprez says: Apr 18, 2013 9:32 PM

    Turkey and raven for dinner. well ok cant be any worse than my wife Gargantula’s cooking.

  38. demolition510 says: Apr 18, 2013 9:33 PM

    Raider Nation!!!!!

  39. beerbratscheese says: Apr 18, 2013 9:33 PM

    I foresee Lions fans already stocking up on extra liquor to drown their Thanksgiving sorrows.

  40. packfaninvikeland says: Apr 18, 2013 9:51 PM

    Just in time for the Packers to be dialed in for “Mission Meadowlands”

  41. ravensbob says: Apr 18, 2013 9:52 PM

    Steelers will be out of it by Thanksgiving. Playoff tuneup for the World Champs, Ravens win easily.

  42. rayswhitesuit says: Apr 18, 2013 10:15 PM

    A ravenator comment without a “cheers” or a mention of his beloved Ozzie?!? Imposter!

  43. vikescry1 says: Apr 18, 2013 10:20 PM

    dapell says:
    Apr 18, 2013 8:18 PM
    The Packers on Thanksgiving again? As a Detroit fan this is getting old. If we aren’t playing the Pats in any given year lately it seems like the NFL’s first choice is to send in Green Bay.

    —————————————————————————————————————————————————— sounds like somebody is tired of seeing their team go 6-10 every year. lol

  44. mnviking56 says: Apr 18, 2013 10:21 PM

    C’mon NFL we just seen the Lions & Packers last year !!!

  45. morganstan100 says: Apr 18, 2013 10:24 PM

    At that point in the season, Steelers will be playing for pride, having been eliminated from the playoffs two years in a row.

  46. stillers1229 says: Apr 18, 2013 10:34 PM

    Charlie Batch.

    Maybe if you’re right and we’re going through some lean years we will just have to celebrate beating the Ravens during the regular season like you did the few times you beat us over the last 12 years.

    Enjoy it while it lasts, because it isn’t going to last long.

  47. lionsdraftguy says: Apr 18, 2013 11:01 PM

    Another thanksgiving, another bunch of holds not called on the nfl’s most supported team…the packers.

  48. ravenscaps48 says: Apr 18, 2013 11:04 PM

    cmich2006 says:
    Apr 18, 2013 8:46 PM
    Ravens are home and home and steelers away and away….roger stacks the deck in the ravens favor again.
    ———————————————————————————–

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Roger “stack” 4 games in 17 days to start the season last year for the Ravens?…. Just shut up

  49. johnnybandwagon says: Apr 18, 2013 11:07 PM

    Can’t wait to watch the Cowboys-Raiders game. Those cheerleaders are hot!

  50. alchemistcirca1979 says: Apr 18, 2013 11:38 PM

    I love football.

    Ravenator, I just thought of something. You give more thought to the Steelers than any other team, even your name sake. Why?????? Did sweeping the Ravens and then going on to beat them in the playoffs before winning a super bowl hurt you that much??? Sorry bro, need a hug?

  51. raiderinva says: Apr 18, 2013 11:54 PM

    thesteelers says:
    ——————————————

    I am sorry but your keyboard or touch pad might not be working correctly. You seem to have only one response for a supporter of a team that did not make the playoffs and is going through a major over haul.

    thesteelers says: We own ____________ (fill in team here)

  52. muhast says: Apr 19, 2013 12:16 AM

    To everyone who complains about the Cowboys and Lions always hosting Thanksgiving games… When the league first decided to have thanksgiving games, most of the teams didnt like the idea of it. They considered it a day that the players should be home with their families. The Lions and Cowboys volunteered but only if the NFL would allow them to play every year on Thanksgiving. At the time, seemed like an easy request. Little did they know that it would become a major american tradition to watch football on turkey day. Hence why no matter how much you love/hate the two, they will host games every single year.

  53. mullman76 says: Apr 19, 2013 1:04 AM

    Raiders win.

  54. chasechorleone313 says: Apr 19, 2013 1:08 AM

    As a lions fan I hate us always playing the same teams on turkey day it seems like every other year we play the packers

  55. gbpbacker84 says: Apr 19, 2013 2:10 AM

    Cool, so we go on the road in a noisy dome against a dangerous team that can put up 30 on any given day, after having to go against the best running back in the NFL 4 days earlier? Why does the NFL put this same game on all the time? Always playing on the road in a certain venue is a statistical disadvantage, at least the linemakers would tell you so. Why don’t they alternate years between Detroit and Green Bay but they play other teams? I wish the NFL would have more of an open mind about bucking tradition and putting together the games that would truly be the most entertaining. Hasn’t society as a whole taught these people anything? Business practices that are stuck in the past and not willing to change with the times are bound to fail eventually. The quality of the game should be the main priority.

  56. SouthTexasRaider says: Apr 19, 2013 2:28 AM

    Watch how upsets are made on Thanksgiving. We will give the viewers at home a game to see, I will be witnessing from the stands, RAIDER NATION BABY!

  57. bla bla bla says: Apr 19, 2013 2:33 AM

    I don’t understand why Lions fans are whining about playing the Packers on Thanksgiving. You have to lose to the Packers twice every year. What difference does it make if one of the losses is on Thanksgiving?

  58. yevrag3535 says: Apr 19, 2013 3:00 AM

    Dallas will lose, they always seem to find a way.

  59. notwhoyouthinkitis says: Apr 19, 2013 5:33 AM

    It is going to be fun to be laughing heartily at all Ravens fans after the Thanksgiving game. Very heartily! LOL! We already know their excuse when the Steelers win: “The refs screwed us!” Yawn! Cowards!

  60. scoobies05 says: Apr 19, 2013 6:44 AM

    like the way roger stacked the deck by not moving the opening night game to wednesday? get a clue

  61. bearsoxass says: Apr 19, 2013 7:41 AM

    Cowboys vs Raiders battle of titans lolllll
    Packers 55 Lions 3

  62. themagicfanguy says: Apr 19, 2013 8:11 AM

    Haters should stop complaining. Packers against Lions is tradition now, even if it’s not EVERY year.

  63. bunkslurpscrabmustard says: Apr 19, 2013 8:48 AM

    So Suggs and Dumervil get two turkey dinners on Thanksgiving.. albeit that latter one is a bit fatter and has questionable tactics when courting women.

  64. morganstan100 says: Apr 19, 2013 10:21 AM

    @alchemistcirca1979:

    Ravenator just has a morbid curiousity about a dying franchise suffering from a scandalized quarterback who blew a Superbowl, got Tebowed out of the playoffs, and then got bounced right out of the post season. True, ever since Elite Joe “Montana” Flacco threw for 11 touchdowns in the playoffs with no interceptions, it’s starting to look like an unfair fight — but watching the Steelers fans’ downtrodden expressions never seems to get old.

  65. scoobies05 says: Apr 19, 2013 10:37 AM

    turkey and a raven beat down of the steelers sounds awesome

  66. steeltroll says: Apr 19, 2013 11:06 AM

    So , Steelers have a road game AWAY the previous Sunday and the Ravens have a HOME game the previous Sunday, and yet, the Thanksgiving Game will be AT HOME for Baltimore. I wonder who Roger wants to have an edge for the matchup.

  67. westcoastraider says: Apr 19, 2013 12:40 PM

    A harder decision to understand is what the NFL is doing with the mid-afternoon game on CBS: The Raiders will visit Dallas. Almost everyone expected the Cowboys to host the Broncos on Thanksgiving, and it would seem that Peyton Manning and Co. would make for a much more attractive Thanksgiving opponent for Dallas. But the NFL has decided to put the Silver and Black on Thanksgiving instead.

    ———–____________________

    No ill feelings towards dude that wrote it, but can’t wait to see Oakland make him choke on his words

    Raider Nation 4 life

  68. morganstan100 says: Apr 19, 2013 1:46 PM

    @steeltroll

    Is there anything that Steelers fans don’t complain about? Seriously. I thought Steeler fans were more into beer than whine. What’s next — complaining about going to London because everyone has an accent? Or the peanut butter’s weird? What a bunch of inconsolable babies waiving your pathetic yellow diapers.

  69. dasmol says: Apr 19, 2013 2:32 PM

    I’d ask what the heck the raiduhs did to earn the Thanksgiving game, but I don’t want anybody looking too closely at the Chargers two MNF’s at home.

  70. bigike55 says: Apr 19, 2013 3:49 PM

    sportsinhd says: Apr 18, 2013 8:41 PM

    Not surprised the Silver and Black is on Thanksgiving, the NFL enjoys creating opportunities to subject the American public to meaningless Raider games they can’t avoid.
    Watching the Raiders lose during the late game of Monday Night Football is a near tradition at this point.

    If I remember right the last time Oakland Raiders played on Monday night they won it was the game where seabass nailed a 63 yard fg. They played in Denver so get your facts straight jack. HATERS gonna HATE RAIDERS FOR LIFE

  71. tombstoned says: Apr 19, 2013 5:33 PM

    steeltroll says:
    Apr 19, 2013 11:06 AM
    So , Steelers have a road game AWAY the previous Sunday and the Ravens have a HOME game the previous Sunday, and yet, the Thanksgiving Game will be AT HOME for Baltimore. I wonder who Roger wants to have an edge for the matchup.

    ————————————————-

    Well he obviously wants the Super Bowl Champion Ravens to have the edge. How bout last year when he sandwiched us with a road trip to San Diego between Steeler games. Who do you think he wanted to have the edge then? We ended up winning both road games then losing to Charlie Batch at home. Of course we went on to win the Super Bowl didn’t we?

  72. randallflagg52 says: Apr 19, 2013 6:16 PM

    I wish they would have given the Ravens a challenge for their Thanksgiving game.

  73. morganstan100 says: Apr 20, 2013 4:40 PM

    The challenge will be for the Baltimore City Police to make enough jail space for all the visiting fans.

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