Report: Bears-Lions, Dolphins-Cowboys on Thanksgiving

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The NFL is still a couple months away from releasing the full 2019 schedule, but bits and pieces are coming out.

One piece: The traditional Detroit and Dallas Thanksgiving games will be the Bears against the Lions and the Dolphins against the Cowboys, according to Sports Business Daily.

This would make it the second straight year that the Lions host the Bears on Thanksgiving, and it would be a continuation of one of the NFL’s oldest rivalries. It would be the Dolphins’ sixth Thanksgiving visit to Dallas; they’ve previously been there on Thanksgiving in 1973, 1993, 1999, 2003 and 2011. The 1993 Dolphins-Cowboys Thanksgiving game is one of the most famous Thanksgiving games in NFL history, with the Dolphins winning on a last-second field goal after Cowboys defensive lineman Leon Lett fumbled the game away by muffing a blocked field goal.

It’s the NFL’s 100th season, and the league is attempting to highlight matchups with historical significance, so it’s no surprise that an old rivalry like Bears-Lions and a Thanksgiving matchup with some tradition behind it like Dolphins-Cowboys would be on the schedule. There’s no word yet on what the third Thanksgiving game, on NBC in prime time, will be.

30 responses to “Report: Bears-Lions, Dolphins-Cowboys on Thanksgiving

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers at Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals, as an original NFL team should get the game on Thanksgiving. And no opponent would be more fitting than the Steelers…one of the oldest teams, one of the most successful Super Bowl teams…and a rematch of a Super Bowl.

  2. Packers vs Chiefs at Arrowhead would be the perfect game for Thanksgiving night
    Last time the Chiefs played on Thanksgiving was all the way back in 2006 vs the Broncos and won 19-10.
    That was the 3rd game. That year was when Lamar Hunt was trying to get Chiefs the right to play every Thanskgiving night. Earlier that year Lamar Hunt passed away and ever since then there wasnt any talk

    So hopefully the Packers vs Chiefs at arrowhead get to play on Thanksgiving after not playing on Thanksgiving for 12 years

  3. giants v. packers in the meadowlands would be a good one. not so much a thanksgiving classic, but more a meeting between two teams with ties to the early days of the league and 21 championships between them.

  4. Thanksgiving Day games are just not the same without John Madden and the Turkey legs.
    I miss them.

  5. As a Dolphin fan, I hope that this is their only Thursday game. They are doing a soft rebuild and really shouldn’t have any other prime time/featured games

  6. It’s too bad the league can’t put the Cowboys vs. Patriots game on Thanksgiving day. The ratings would explode.

  7. Cowboys-Dolphins is the best they could come up with? That has to one of Dallas’ weaker home opponents.

  8. darkneptune73 says:
    February 11, 2019 at 11:31 am
    How is Bears vs Lions more historic than Bears vs Packers?

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    Because the Lions always play on Thanksgiving Day. And the NFL would much rather see them play a good team like the Bears, over a mediocre at best team like the Packers or Vikings.

  9. theyearofthecat1 says:
    February 11, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    darkneptune73 says:
    February 11, 2019 at 11:31 am

    How is Bears vs Lions more historic than Bears vs Packers?

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    Because the Lions always play on Thanksgiving Day. And the NFL would much rather see them play a good team like the Bears, over a mediocre at best team like the Packers or Vikings.

    Bears vs. Packers is the oldest rivalry in the history of American sports. Nothing to do with the Lions Thanksgiving Day history.

    *Also the Bears have the third most wins on Thanksgiving day.

    Detroit 37 (Well Deserved #1 ranking)
    Dallas 31
    Chicago 18
    Green Bay 14
    NY Giants 7

    I know it’s hard for the Green Bay fans to understand sometimes, but you’re not the only team in the division with a rich history. The Lions, Bears and even the Vikings (a little bit) have some pretty important history that molded the NFL we have today. The NFC North is one of the most historical, if not the most concerning the NFL.

    I for one, am extremely happy for the Bears to have the honor of playing in Ford Field on Thanksgiving Day for the 34th time.

  10. As a fins fan. I can only say this might be a national televised slaughter. Unless Miami really nails it on a Rookie QB. We won’t be going into the season with a ‘franchise QB’ or even worse, a built offense around the new QB. This could be a disaster.

  11. Dolphins Fans everywhere should mark that day on their calendars! First they’ll enjoy the holiday feast while watching the Fins notch another “Tank for Tua” game – hopefully it’s not too close. Then two days later, they can enjoy the holiday leftovers while watching their future QB play on the road at Auburn.

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