We’re a long way from Thanksgiving, but there’s already discussion going on about which games will fill the NFL’s holiday schedule.
We know where two of the games will be played thanks to Detroit and Dallas remaining the traditional hosts of the games we watch when we aren’t gorging on stuffing or avoiding family members who have had a bit too much to drink. John Ourand of Sports Business Journal reports that both team are likely to be hosting divisional opponents.
Per Ourand, the Cowboys are likely to play hosts to the Redskins. It would be the eighth time that the two teams have squared off on Thanksgiving and the first time since Washington beat Dallas 38-31 behind four Robert Griffin III touchdown passes.
The Vikings are reportedly the likeliest opponent for the Lions as the Bears and Packers have both made two appearances in the last three years. The Vikings and Lions haven’t played on Thanksgiving since 1995 and Minnesota last played on the holiday in Dallas in 2000.
There will be a third game on Thanksgiving night, although there’s no word yet on which teams might take part this year. In the last two years, two teams that played on Thanksgiving have faced each other on the next Thursday night and that is expected to continue this year.