Thanksgiving Day is an opportunity for some people to enjoy turkey and football, and this year there’s an opportunity to catch an extra dose of NFL action as a third game has been added to the schedule.
The triple-header of the games sees the New York Giants at the Dallas Cowboys, the Buffalo Bills at the Detroit Lions, and then in prime time the New England Patriots at the Minnesota Vikings.
For those not watching the games, there are plenty of TV and streaming options for football fans, although a free trial may have to be used in some cases.
The CBS game will also be available on Paramount+, while NBC’s offering will also stream on Peacock.
All three Thanksgiving games will be available on fuboTV, which offers a free trial for those who haven’t already signed up for the service.
Buffalo Bills with the Detroit Lions
Start time: 12:30 p.m. ET (9:30 a.m. PT)
TV channel: CBS
Live broadcast: fuboTV | Paramount+ (free trial)
The Detroit Lions have played at home on Thanksgiving Day since 1934, barring a hiatus for World War II.
The Lions have had one of the most underrated offenses in the league this year under sophomore coach Dan Campbell and are on a winning streak, but they will face stiff opposition in the Bills.
The Bills were tipped for big things ahead of the season, and while they’ve had a stuttering period, quarterback Josh Allen is always on the verge of setting off fireworks with offense.
Expect a close game to kick off proceedings on Thanksgiving.
New York Giants at the Dallas Cowboys
Start time: 4:30 p.m. ET (1:30 p.m. PT)
TV channel: FOX
Live broadcast: fuboTV (free trial)
The Cowboys got in some Thanksgiving action in 1966 when they defeated the Cleveland Browns 24-16.
They have a decent record on the big day and this season is going well too with a 7-3 record and a hit against the Minnesota Vikings in their last game.
This time it’s their division rivals who will arrive at AT&T Stadium, and the Giants have a record similar to that of the Cowboys in a game that could decide who will lead the Philadelphia Eagles to the NFC East title.
Minnesota Vikings with the New England Patriots
Start Time: 8:20pm ET (5:20pm PT)
TV channel: NBC
Live Stream: Peacock | fuboTV (free trial)
There’s a third game for football fans to enjoy this Thanksgiving, and it’s the first time the Patriots have played that day in over a decade.
They have a difficult task, however, as the Vikings are having a stellar season — until last week when they were beaten 40-3 by the Cowboys in their own backyard.
This means they will come out to kill the Patriots and get their season back on track.
For their part, the Patriots have been a mixed bag, but that could make them awkward opponents as there’s no telling what they’ll pull out of the bag in terms of form.
This could either be the start of a downward spiral for the Vikings, or an opportunity to ditch the Cowboys stuffing, much like those fed up with turkey and all the trimmings before the night game.
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