Thanksgiving Day games: Bills-Lions, Giants-Cowboys and Patriots-Vikings

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The Cowboys’ Thanksgiving Day game annually produces the highest ratings of the regular-season schedule.

The Cowboys-Raiders game on Thanksgiving last November in Week 12 drew 40.8 million viewers. That far outpaced the second-place game, the Cowboys and Chiefs drew 28.7 million viewers in Week 11.

It doesn’t matter who the Cowboys host. Everyone watches in the 4:30 p.m. ET window after the turkey and dressing are done.

This year, the Cowboys will host the Giants at 4:30 p.m. ET on Fox. It’s only the second time the Giants have played the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day.

The Bills will play the Lions at 12:30 p.m. ET on CBS to kick off the Thanksgiving Day schedule.

The Lions will host their 83rd Thanksgiving Day game, and it will be the Cowboys’ 55th.

The Patriots play at Minnesota in the 8:20 p.m. ET game on NBC to close out the Thanksgiving Day schedule.

9 responses to “Thanksgiving Day games: Bills-Lions, Giants-Cowboys and Patriots-Vikings

  1. Love football on Thanksgiving, no matter who is playing, it is a nice distraction.

  2. A full hour has passed and no commenter has yet ridiculed Detroits Thanksgiving day game tradition yet (not that having an opinion different than mine is anything other than completely fine). Probably because not many folks care either way. Traditions are important to many human beings. The Thanksgiving day game in Detroit has been so long running that it is now a generational tradition, and folks in Michigan appreciate it-Some locals may not admit it, since it is easy to make fun of the Lions-but I’ll bet those same Michiganders would miss doing that if it was taken away. I think it’s good that it has continued when the league and networks could probably make much more money giving it to teams that more people care to watch.

  3. Pat’s and vike’s on Thanksgiving night I can taste the turducken already.

  4. Lions open Thanksgiving, the way it’s supposed to be. Anyone who advocates taking the Thanksgiving game away from the Lions is a monster.

  5. Third away Bills game on Thanksgiving I’ll be traveling to in the last four years. I’d like to thank the NFL for giving me an excuse to avoid my extended family on Thanksgiving again. Sorry guys, once in a lifetime opportunity.

  6. rockpiler says:
    May 13, 2022 at 2:15 am
    The Patriots will be the 3rd best team in their division
    Now be honest, where did you say they’d finish the 2021 season?

  7. What makes you sleepier- the tryptophan in turkey, or watching the Vikings offense?

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