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.

73 responses to “Packers-Lions, Raiders-Cowboys, Steelers-Ravens on Thanksgiving

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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…

  6. 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.

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

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

  9. 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 !

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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 :))))

  13. 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.

  14. 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!
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    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.

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

  16. 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.!!!!!!!

  17. 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.

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

  19. 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

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

  21. 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.

  22. 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.
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    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

  23. 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?

  24. thesteelers says:
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    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)

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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!

  28. 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?

  29. 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!

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

  31. @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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

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    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

  34. @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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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

  37. 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.

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    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?

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

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