This Thursday, homes across the United States will be filled with two things: food and soccer. The annual NFL Triple Headers return for Thanksgiving for what is sure to be an exciting slate of showdowns.
This year features the Buffalo Bills meeting the Lions in the 83rd Thanksgiving Day game in Detroit, the NFC East rivalry game between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys and the climactic battle between the New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings. All six teams compete for playoff spots at a crucial point in the NFL season.
Here are previews of what to expect when you’re hooked up with turkey:
The Buffalo Bills (7-3) and Detroit Lions (4-6) meet Thursday in their third Thanksgiving Day contest. The Lions have been an annual participant in this tradition since 1934, with an all-time record of 37-43-2 in the offseason. This is the second year in a row that the Bills have appeared on Thanksgiving Day, after defeating the Saints in last season’s peak.
Going into this week’s game, the Lions are on a three-game winning streak. Despite the losing record, they are second in the division and may be considered for the playoffs. The Bills are their toughest opponent for the remainder of the season. A win on Thursday will boost their playoff chances and prove they can compete with high caliber opponents.
While the Lions’ recent surge should not be underestimated, the Bills have the right tools to defeat Detroit. While Buffalo may be the away team, they’ve proven they know how to win at the Motor City. Just last week, they hit a “home” win at Ford Field, defeating the Browns 31-23. During 11 weeks, they defeated opponents much stronger than Detroit, such as the Kansas City Chiefs and Tennessee Titans.
To see which team starts Thanksgiving in the win column, tune in at 12:30 PM ET.
The most anticipated game today is between the Dallas Cowboys (7-3) and the New York Giants (7-3). Entering the contest, the two teams were ranked second and third, respectively, in the highly competitive NFC East. They’ve already met earlier this season with the Cowboys winning 23-16. If the Cowboys sweep the season series, they’ll have a leg in the event of a tiebreaker on the road.
In the latest cowboy show, They were completely dominant. They put up 40 points on the Vikings, led by strong performances from quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Tony Pollard. The defense collected seven sacks and 13 quarterback hits against Minnesota. If this game is any indication of the energy Dallas brings to the second half of the season, New York may be in trouble.
The Giants come away with a very different result from the eleventh week. They suffered a disappointing loss to the Lions, a defeat that felt all the more sad given New York’s hot start to the season. To make matters worse, several players were out of the game due to injuries. Simply put, the Giants are the underdogs in the game.
To see if history repeats itself with a Cowboys win, or if the Giants can pull away from the upset, tune in Thursday at 4:30 PM ET.
The Minnesota Vikings (8-2) host their first game on Thanksgiving, with the New England Patriots (6-4) facing off. It would also be the Patriots’ first Thanksgiving appearance since the infamous “Fumble” game, when they defeated the Jets in 2012.
One of the biggest upsets of the season was the Vikings’ success. In their 11 weeks of play, they lead the NFC North as they boast twice as many wins as the second-place Lions. But last week, they suffered a brutal 40-3 loss at the hands of the Cowboys that raised some questions. Are Vikings legitimate rivals? Or are they just lucky with an easy schedule for the first half?
The Patriots’ journey to this point has been somewhat adverse. After a slower start to the season, the Patriots found their rhythm. They go into this week’s game on a three-game winning streak and haven’t allowed a single touchdown in their last two games. Bill Belichick’s team might be on the cusp of a hot streak and hit the Vikings at just the right time. Also notable is that the Vikings have lost five straight games to the Pats and have gone unbeaten since Belichick’s first season as head coach.
To find out which team will emerge victorious, tune in at 8:20 p.m. ET.
Here’s how to catch up on these teams and more across the league in action, wherever you are.
Australia: NFL Game Pass, ESPN, 7Plus
Brazil: NFL Game Pass, ESPN
Canada: CTV, TSN, RDS, NFL Game Pass on DAZN
Germany: NFL Game Pass, ProSieben MAXX, DAZN
Mexico: NFL Game Pass, TUDN, ESPN, Fox Sports, Sky Sports
United Kingdom: NFL Game Pass, Sky Sports, ITV, Channel 5
US: NFL Game Pass, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, ESPN, Amazon Prime