What’s On The Menu (For Football) This Thanksgiving

Luca Rodriguez, Staff Writer

Even during a pandemic, one thing always remains the same: the tradition of Thanksgiving football. 

This Thanksgiving, the NFL returns with three games to keep your appetite full throughout the holiday. With the matchups starting at 12:30 p.m. EST, the players plan on playing all the way into the night.

This year, the Detroit Lions host the Houston Texans, the Dallas Cowboys host the Washington Football Team and the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Baltimore Ravens. 

Below lies the information you need to know about the games on your plate this Thursday, Nov. 26.

Detroit Lions VS Houston Texans

This year’s game marks the Detroit Lions (4-6) 81st Thanksgiving game. They played their first Thanksgiving game in 1934 against the Chicago Bears. This year, they face off against the Houston Texans (3-7), who have only played in one Thanksgiving day game prior to the upcoming one. The Houston Texans, coming off a big win against the New England Patriots, look to secure this win on primetime television as they begin to make a run for that final playoff spot in the AFC. 

All-Time Series: 3-1 Texans

When (EST): 12:30 p.m.

Where: Ford Field

Watch: CBS

Dallas Cowboys VS Washington Football Team

This game also marks the Dallas Cowboys’ (3-7) 53rd thanksgiving game. The team has become an icon for the holiday as they have participated in the holiday every year since 1966. The Washington Football Team (3-7) has participated in 12 Thanksgiving day games going into Thursday. This game also holds a lot of value when it comes to the playoffs because the winner of the game becomes the front-runner to win the ever closely disputed NFC East and make it to the playoffs. 

All-Time Series: 73-44-2 Cowboys

Time (EST): 4:30 p.m.

Where: AT&T Stadium

Watch: Fox

Pittsburgh Steelers VS Baltimore Ravens (POSTPONED)

Neither the Steelers nor the Ravens usually play on Thanksgiving Day, but their matchup this year was supposed to be perfect for primetime television as the undefeated Steelers (10-0) face off against the Ravens (6-4) and their reigning MVP Lamar Jackson in a big game for the AFC North. However, the NFL pushed the game back to Sunday afternoon after seven Ravens players tested positive for COVID-19 in the past three days. 

All-Time Series: 26-23 Steelers

Time (EST): Now Sunday, November 29, time yet to be determined

Where: Heinz Field