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Report: Divisional opponents expected for Cowboys, Lions on Thanksgiving

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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.

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31 Responses to “Report: Divisional opponents expected for Cowboys, Lions on Thanksgiving”
  1. suhmonster90 says: Feb 16, 2016 12:01 PM

    Don’t expect great passing performances in the Lions/Vikings matchup. Staff can’t pass on the Vikes and Bridgewater can’t pass.

  2. key2heat says: Feb 16, 2016 12:04 PM

    Why ruin everybody’s Thanksgiving by forcing them to watch the redskins?

  3. gromit45 says: Feb 16, 2016 12:08 PM

    Now it would be interesting if RGIII is signed by the Cowboys to backup Romo. Romo is out (another broken collarbone!) and RGIII throws 4 TDs against the Redskins.

  4. In Teddy We Trust says: Feb 16, 2016 12:22 PM

    With multiple Thanksgiving dinners to attend, I may not be able to watch the Vikings play. This may take some artful scheduling.

  5. realtruthteller100 says: Feb 16, 2016 12:25 PM

    in the spirit of thanks giving i hope we get to see the redskins get salughtered

  6. lingsun54 says: Feb 16, 2016 12:26 PM

    At least they won’t force the Lions to play the toughest team on their schedule on Thanksgiving. Like happened a lot until recently.

  7. abninf says: Feb 16, 2016 12:27 PM

    The Dallas Cowboys, America’s Team, should have the division locked up by them.

  8. skinsdiehard says: Feb 16, 2016 12:28 PM

    key2heat says:
    Feb 16, 2016 12:04 PM
    Why ruin everybody’s Thanksgiving by forcing them to watch the redskins?
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    You don’t want to watch the defending division champ vs. the expected division champ in 2016? Skins love the chance to prove that 2015 division title was not a fluke.

    HTTR

  9. mvalvt says: Feb 16, 2016 12:32 PM

    The only Thursday all season which is acceptable for NFL games.

  10. tomthebombtracy says: Feb 16, 2016 12:33 PM

    You’d think the other game hascto AFC tben.
    .Steelers have asked to host Thanksgiving game. Cincy or Baltimore?

  11. juice08 says: Feb 16, 2016 1:06 PM

    Good. Maybe Bridgewater can get exposed on national TV. Or Walsh can miss another kick when more than 15,000 people are watching him.

  12. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Feb 16, 2016 1:08 PM

    The NFL really should rotate the team assignments for Thanksgiving. We shouldn’t be stuck watching crap Lions and Cowboys games every year.

  13. skins1970 says: Feb 16, 2016 1:13 PM

    The Redskins and Cowboys should always play on Thanksgiving they have a rivalry in the and always have great Thanksgiving games. No one can deny that.

  14. dayglo80 says: Feb 16, 2016 1:19 PM

    I thought this season would have the Vikings on more primetime games to show off their team and new stadium. This story seems to back at least half of that statement.
    The home primetime games I am guessing will be GB either Sunday/Monday night, Arizona on Thursday/Sunday Night, Dallas on Sunday/Monday night. They could be highlighted on some road games as well @GB, @Carolina and @ either Phil or Wash.

  15. senatorblutarsky says: Feb 16, 2016 1:19 PM

    suhmonster90 says:
    Feb 16, 2016 12:01 PM

    Don’t expect great passing performances in the Lions/Vikings matchup. Staff can’t pass on the Vikes and Bridgewater can’t pass.
    __________________

    If I agreed with you we’d both be wrong. I expect a great passing performance from StafFORD.

  16. joedskins1959 says: Feb 16, 2016 1:22 PM

    I hope we get to see the Redskins. Redskins are on the way up. The haters will always find something negative to say but the reality is things are looking good in Redskin nation!!!!

    HTTR

  17. Frazier28/7 says: Feb 16, 2016 1:25 PM

    oh, thats real nice for detroit. with megatron gone Zimmers defense will really have some fun against Stafford. They almost killed him last year.

    hey, instead of playing at brand new US Bank Stadium, lets play in that hole in the wall called Ford Field.

  18. avikesfan says: Feb 16, 2016 1:26 PM

    Better than watching Lacy and McCarthy fight over a turducken on the sidelines.

  19. ejmat2 says: Feb 16, 2016 1:55 PM

    Frazier28/7 says:
    Feb 16, 2016 1:25 PM

    oh, thats real nice for detroit. with megatron gone Zimmers defense will really have some fun against Stafford. They almost killed him last year.

    hey, instead of playing at brand new US Bank Stadium, lets play in that hole in the wall called Ford Field.
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    As a Viking fan I think your last statement sucks. Remember the Vikings had arguably the worst stadium in the NFL up till last year and the Lions were nice enough to allow the Vikings to borrow their field to play at after the Metrodome caved. Show a little respect. It will be nice to see the Vikings play on Thanksgiving even if it’s an away game. They have to play an away game at Detroit every year. Nothing wrong with it being on Thanksgiving.

  20. itsgettingchippy says: Feb 16, 2016 2:07 PM

    Too bad, I was hoping for a Lions/Packers game after the Hail Mary ending this past season.

  21. sharrerwwonka22 says: Feb 16, 2016 2:17 PM

    Stafford will have a hard time throwing the ball while on his back. As for Teddy not throwing well, he actually made their defense look like chumps both times they played this year, and if Zimmer is smart, he’d deligate the play calling to someone other than Norv this coming year. He after all, was more the reason why the passing game struggled with horrible play schemes, than it was on the players themselves, especially his horrid scheme for the seahawks game we all witnessed.

  22. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Feb 16, 2016 4:19 PM

    I will be so glad my Packers won’t have to lose to Detroit on Thanksgiving if this happens. That could make dinner just horrible for some here.

  23. vikingforlife says: Feb 16, 2016 4:22 PM

    Kudos ejmat2! I’ve been looking forward to a Thanksgiving Day game for FAR too long now, so I truly hope this does happen! Too many other things to think about right now though, so we’ll see when the schedule comes out……

  24. fwippel says: Feb 16, 2016 5:28 PM

    It is only fitting that the Redskins and Cowboys would play on Thanksgiving. Heck, like we learned in school, if it wasn’t for the Indians, the settlers would have starved to death. So it is perfectly appropriate for the Redskins to play on Thanksgiving.

  25. fanofpft says: Feb 16, 2016 6:39 PM

    Finally a way to make holiday games more competitive.

  26. lambeaudungbarn says: Feb 16, 2016 7:44 PM

    avikesfan says:
    Feb 16, 2016 1:26 PM

    Better than watching Lacy and McCarthy fight over a turducken on the sidelines.======================================================================
    I miss John Madden!
    But the Lions usually play above their heads on Thanksgiving..

  27. lambeaudungbarn says: Feb 16, 2016 7:50 PM

    suhmonster90 says:
    Feb 16, 2016 12:01 PM

    Don’t expect great passing performances in the Lions/Vikings matchup. Staff can’t pass on the Vikes and Bridgewater can’t pass.========================================================================
    Sounds like a typical Packers fan after Minnesota took the Division away from Green Bay year and exposed them for the the frauds they are.
    It is a good thing the packers won’t play. it would be very embarrassing for them to show the losers they are on National TV!

  28. whatjusthapped says: Feb 16, 2016 11:16 PM

    What is more appropriate for the nation’s family holiday than to feature a team with child abuser as the face of the franchise? The Vikings have a terrible record on nationally televised games so my guess is that they will treat this like a playoff game and promptly lose.

  29. Frazier28/7 says: Feb 16, 2016 11:22 PM

    Agreed, ejmat. My only point is it would be nice to show off US Bank Stadium on thanksgiving. We all know with the season kicking off on Thu Sep 8th the Vikings will open against the Packers on Sunday or Monday Night Football on Sep 11th or 12th, so it will get prime time exposure. the thing looks beautiful. and yes, kudos to the Ford family for their aid after the dome collapse. I had tickets to that game against the Giants! stupid snow.

    It would be nice though if we could get a 3pm kickoff, 11am is right around the end of the second half of Turkey Bowl! Can’t miss kickoff!

  30. torebear says: Feb 17, 2016 3:59 AM

    The Lions have blown out three teams in a row. Hopefully they will feast on the Vikings too.

  31. tvtom4 says: Feb 17, 2016 10:41 AM

    tomthebombtracy says:
    Feb 16, 2016 12:33 PM
    You’d think the other game hascto AFC tben.
    .Steelers have asked to host Thanksgiving game. Cincy or Baltimore?

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    Not necessarily. Last year’s games all involved NFC teams: Eagles-Lions, Panthers-Cowboys, Bears-Packers.

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