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The inlaws and other relatives have taken over the house and your Aunt Roxanne has made her green been and bacon casserole (it’s so bad even the dog won’t touch it!). It’s Thanksgiving, the leaves are changing and falling, temperatures are getting cooler and Friday sales are going on.

It’s also a football feast, as week 12 gets underway in the National Football League. There are three games on the docket for the Thursday where we overdo on the food and listen to Uncle Harry’s bad jokes again. It’s two of the teams that have tradionally played on Turkey Day taking the stage first, as Detroit and Minnesota meet in the Motor City at 12:30 on FOx to start things off (think of it as the grazing food, the snacks, the nuts and cheese, cookies if you will). Then in the middle of the afternoon, Dallas hosts the Los Angeles Chargers at 4:30 p.m. on CBS (it’s the main course) and things conclude on Thursday night as the New York Giants and Washington meet in Landover at 8:30 p.m. on NBC.

Some Turkey Day numbers submitted for your approval (it’s a lot better than your cousin Cathy’s Egg Nog Cookies! Those things are so bad even the squirrels won’t touch them!)

The Thanksgiving Day records of the teams playing this Thursday:

TEAM (W-L-T)
Dallas (30-18-1)
Detroit (37-38-2)
Los Angeles Chargers (2-1-1)
Minnesota )5-2)
New York Giants (7-4-3)
Washington (2-7)

The most consecutive wins on Thanksgiving:

TEAM (SEASONS; CONSECUTIVE WINS)
Philadelphia (1939-2014; 6)
Dallas (1980-85; 6)
Detroit (1950-55; 6)
Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans (1979-present; 5)*
Chicago Bears (1930-34; 5)
Detroit (2013-present; 4)*
*Active streak

The players with the most career passing yards and touchdown passes on Thanksgiving:

PASSING YARDS

PLAYER, TEAM (GAMES – PASSING YARDS)
Tony Romo, Dallas (10 – 2,338)
Matthew Stafford, Detroit (7 – 2,219)*
Troy Aikman, Dallas (10 – 2,174)^
Danny White, Dallas (10 – 1,545)
Bart Starr, Green Bay (6 – 1,345)^
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

TOUCHDOWN PASSES

PLAYER, TEAM (GAMES – TOUCHDOWN PASSES)
Tony Romo, Dallas (10 – 18)
Matthew Stafford, Dallas (7 – 15)*
Bobby Layne, Detroit (8 – 14)^
Danny White, Dallas (10 – 14)
Troy Aikman, Dallas (10 – 11)^
Brett Favre, Green Bay (4 – 11)^
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

The active franchises with the highest winning percentages on Thanksgiving (minimum five games):

TEAM (W-L-T, WINNING PCT.)
Philadelphia (6-1, .857)
Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans (5-2, .714)
Miami (5-2, .714)
Minnesota (5-2, .714)
New York Giants (7-4-3, .636)

Note: tie games prior to 1972 do not count in winning percentage

TEAM (SEASONS; YEARS BETWEEN THANKSGIVING DAY APPEARANCES)
San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers (1969-2017; 48)
New York Giants (1938-1982; 44)
San Francisco (1972-2011; 39)
Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders (1970-2009; 39)
Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts (1965-2004; 39)

The most career receptions and receiving yards on Thanksgiving:

RECEPTIONS

PLAYER, TEAM (GAMES, RECEPTIONS)
Jason Witten, Dalals (14, 73)*
Calvin Johnson, Detroit (9, 55)
Herman Moore, Detroit (10, 51)
Michael Irvin, Dallas (10, 49)^
Emmitt Smith, Dallas (13, 42)^
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

RECEIVING YARDS

PLAYER, TEAM (GAMES, RECEIVING YARDS)
Herman Moore, Detroit (10, 834)
Jason Witten, Dallas (14, 809)*
Calvin Johnson, Detroit (9, 769)
Michael Irvin, Dallas (10, 722)^
Tony Hill, Dallas (9, 622)
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

PLAYER, TEAM (DATE – PASSING YARDS)
Troy Aikman, Dallas (November 26, 1998 – 455)^
Kirk Cousins, Washington (November 24, 2016 – 449)
Tony Romo, Dallas (November 22, 2012 – 441)
Matthew Stafford, Detroit (November 22, 2012 – 441)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

If you can somehow get yourself away from having to deal with the inlaws and make sure that the bird is fully cooked and that Uncle Chuck doesn’t tell any dirty jokes in front of the kids, there’s football to be watched. Make sure there’s plenty of food and watch your cousin Connie. Remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 57 last June and dates a 42-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”

For generations of Americans, the tradition of Thanksgiving Day and NFL football are historically intertwined. Turkey and the NFL. They’re BFFs.

On Thanksgiving in 1925, a crowd of 36,000 – then the largest in professional football history – watched the Chicago Bears play the Chicago Cardinals to a scoreless tie at Wrigley Field (they probably ate durning halftime and got full). In 1934, the Detroit Lions and the defending world champion Bears squared off on Thanksgiving in the first NFL game nationally broadcast, with NBC radio on the call and the rest, they say was history (we’re still not sure if the Lions or Bears liked dark meat or white or if they went back for seconds). This year, the three holiday games will be played inside stadiums with a combined capacity of over 230,000 and will be aired to millions across the country and around the world.

The 2017 installment of Thanksgiving Day football will feature a tripleheader for the 12th consecutive season. The Lions will play their 78th Thanksgiving Day game dating back to 1934, while the Cowboys will play in their 50th since 1966. The Giants and Redskins will play in their 15th and 10th games, respectively, on the holiday. The Vikings will play in their eighth and the Chargers will play in their fifth Thanksgiving game.

As for last week’s picks,

Two of the three contests for Thursday are divisional matchups, which could have a bearing in the post-season. There will be a lot of eating, a lot of bad jokes and someone getting stuck at the kid’s table with their ugly cousins. That’s life. It’s also the start of week 12 in the National Football League. Here’s hoping the food is good, the family is healthy and the football is to your liking (just watch out for Connie… she’s been known to wipe out a buffet!). Here are the Thursday picks for week 12.

Minnesota (8-2) at Detroit (6-4), 12:30 p.m. on FOX. Thursday’s matchup marks the second consecutive Thanksgiving meeting between the Vikings and Lions, and the fifth overall meeting on the holiday. Last season, Detroit cornerback DARIUS SLAY intercepted a pass with 30 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and kicker Matt Prater converted the game-winning 40-yard field goal as time expired in the Lions’ 16-13 win.

The Vikings lead the NFC North with an 8-2 record and have won six consecutive games. Detroit, who has won three in a row and is 6-4 on the season, trails Minnesota by two games in the division.

Detroit enters Week 12 following a 27-24 win at Chicago last week. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford passed for 299 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions and Matt Prater converted the game-winning 52-yard field goal with 1:35 remaining in the fourth quarter in the team’s win. Detroit trailed 21-17 at the intermission at Soldier Field before they rallied to take the win on the road in the Windy City. Chicago rushed for 222 yards, outrushing Detroit, who tallied 65 (Chicago’s Jordan Howard led all rushers with 125 yards and a TD) in the NFC North matchup. The Lions were 3 of 10 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 30:36, while Da Bears held on to the pigskin for 29:24, going 3 of 9 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down. In seven career games on Thanksgiving Day, Stafford has passed for 2,219 yards (317 per game) and 15 touchdowns, both the second-most in NFL history.

Minnesota also picked up a win last Sunday, taking the Los Angeles Rams 24-7 at US Bank Stadium. Minnesota broke a 7-7 tie at the half as the Vikings scored their final 17 points in the fourth quarter and did it unchallenged. Minnesota outrushed the Rams 171-45, while Case Keenum threw for 280 yards with a TD and no interceptions. For Los Angeles, Jared Goff threw for 225 yards but was sacked twice in the road loss. The Vikings on third down in the Land of 10,000 Lakes went 7 of 14 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and held the ball for 37:22, while the Rams were 3 of 11 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 22:38.

The Lions have won their past four Thanksgiving Day games by a combined score of 135-54. With a win on Thursday, Detroit will tie the Tennessee Titans/Houston Oilers (five consecutive wins, 1979-present) and Chicago Bears (five, 1930-34) for the fourth-longest winning streak on Thanksgiving Day. Minnesota has won five of its seven games on Thanksgiving Day and ties for the second-highest winning percentage (.714) on the holiday (minimum five games).

The Thanksgiving Day contest in the Motor City is a rematch from week three when they met in the Twin Cities and Detroit left US Bank Stadium with a 14-7 win. Minnesota led 7-3 at the break before the Lions would go on to score their final 11 points of the contest in the third quarter unchallenged. Detroit’s Ameer Abdullah gave the Lions the lead for good when he would score from 3 yards out with eight minutes left in the third. Then Stafford and WR T.J. Jones connected on the two-point conversion for the 7-point lead. Abdullah rushed for 94 of his team’s 97 yards, while Minnesota ran for 87 in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Stafford, inspite of being sacked six times, threw for 209 yards, while Minnesota’s Case Keenum, who took over for Sam Bradford (knee) threw for 219 yards. In the first meeting, Detroit went 3 of 13 on third down and kept the ball for 36:27, while the Vikings held the ball for 23:33, while going 3 of 10 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

In the week three contest in the Twin Cities, Minnesota was favored by 2 1/2 and Detroit covered, winning by 7. As for the 43 over/under? It stayed safe, as both clubs combined for only 21 points. The Vikings are favored by 2 on the road and the over/under’s 44 1/2. Both numbers make a lot of sense and both teams are fighting for a playoff spot and possibly win the NFC North. Lions pull off the upset in the Motor City and feast on the Vikings, covering the 2.

Los Angeles Chargers (4-6) at Dallas (5-5), 4:30 p.m. on CBS. The Los Angeles Chargers and Dallas Cowboys meet for the 11th time in series history and the Thursday contest in the late afternoon in the Lone Star State marks the first Thanksgiving Day meeting between the two teams. It’s a contest between two teams trying to hang on in the playoffs in their respective divisions.

Los Angeles had five interceptions – all in the first half – in the team’s 54-24 win over Buffalo last week. The Chargers are the first team with five interceptions in the first half of a game since the 1973 Miami Dolphins (December 3 vs. Pittsburgh).
The Bolts led 37-7 at the break at Stub Hub Center and never let the foot off the gas, even though they were outrushed by the Bills 173-146 (Buffalo’s LeSean McCoy led all rushers with 114 yards and a TD) in a contest that saw the Bills turn the ball over six time (five Nate Peterman interceptions) and Chargers QB Philip Rivers throwing for 251 yards and a pair of TDs. The Chargers on third down were 7 of 14 and held on to the ball for 36:05, while the Bills were 6 of 14 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and held the ball for 23:55.

The Chargers are making their fifth appearance on Thanksgiving Day and the first since defeating the Houston Oilers 21-17 at the Astrodome on November 27, 1969. In that contest, the Chargers overcame a 10-point second-half deficit, punctuated by a fourth-quarter interception-return touchdown by defensive back Kenny Graham. The Chargers’ 48-year gap between Thanksgiving Day appearances is the longest in NFL history.

The Cowboys began their home life without RB Ezekiel Elliott (suspenson) and look to rebound in Week 12 following a 37-9 loss to Philadelphia last week at AT&T Stadium. Dallas let a 9-7 halftime lead get away from them in the Lone Star State as the Eagles, leading the NFC East, scored 30 second half points unchallenged. The Eagles rushed for 215 yards in the Sunday night affair, while Dallas tallied 112. Dak Prescott threw for 145 yards in the contest but was sacked four times and picked off three times, while Carson Wentz threw for 168 yards and a pair of TDs with no interceptions or sacks. Philadelphia, who played turnover-free football against their NFC East foes, went 5 of 14 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:29, while the Cowboys ruled the clock and kept the pigskin for 30:31, going 3 of 14 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Dallas leads the series 6-4 (including games that took place in San Diego and at Texas Stadium) and the Cowboys have outscored the Bolts 250-233. However… luck has been on the side of the Chargers, as they have come away winners in their last two meetings, including a 30-21 win in San Diego in 2013. Dallas’ last win in the series also came on the West Coast, as they were 28-24 winners in 2005. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Cowboys as a 1-point favorite in the Lone Star State and the over/under comes in at 48. Right now, both teams are playing with house money and need to win to keep their playoff hopes alive. Dallas covers the 1 and takes the win at home.

New York Giants (2-8) at Washington (4-6), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. A pair of NFC East rivals close out the all-day football feast as the Redskins host the New York Giants in Landover in prime time on Thursday night. Washington and New York face off for the 171st time in series history (including the postseason). Both teams are coming into the contest with overtime contests under their belts from action last week.

Giants WR Roger Lewis, Jr. made an acrobatic 34-yard reception in overtime and kicker Aldrick Rosas converted the game-winning 23-yard field goal two plays later in the Giants’ 12-9 victory over Kansas City in Week 11. New York led 6-3 at the half, with WR Orleans Darkwa scoring the game’s only TD in the first quarter. Kansas City’s Hal Butker would eventually tie contest into overtime before Aldrick would send the Giants to their second win of the season, booting a 29-yard field with 1:59 left in overtime. Kansas City outrushed the Giants 134-112, with Eli Manning throwing for 205 yards, while the Chiefs’ Alex Smtih threw for 230 yards. The Chiefs on third down went 3 of 11 on third down (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 37:16, while the Giants kept the ball for 30:50, going 3 of 13, 2 of 3 on third and fourth downs.

The Giants will play on Thanksgiving for the first time since 2009 and the 15th time overall. The Giants made their first appearance on Thanksgiving Day in 1926, when they defeated the Brooklyn Lions 17-0 at Ebbets Field and were one of the earliest teams featured on Thanksgiving, playing 11 games on the holiday prior to 1939.

Last week, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins passed for 322 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions but it wasn’t enough as the Rediskns fell to New Orleans 34-31 in overtime at the Superdome. Cousins has nine career games with at least three touchdown passes and no interceptions, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen and Joe Theismann for the most such games in franchise history. The Redskins let a 15-point lead in the contest in the Big Easy get away from them as Drew Brees (385 yards) connected on a pair of TD passes late in the fourth quarter (one to TE Josh Hill, the other to rookie RB Alvin Kamara) to send the game into overtime, where K Will Lutz sent Saints fans home happy campers with the 3-point win. New Orleans outrushed Washington 160-156 and it was a battle of running backs, as Washington’s Samajie Perine (117 yards) and New Orleans’ Mark Ingram (134 yards) each led their teams with 100-yard days (each had a rushing TD in the overtime contest). Both clubs were 4 of 12 on third down tries (on fourth down, the Redskins were 2 of 2, while the Saints were 1 of 1) and the Redskins ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:11 to New Orleans’ 30:24.

Washington plays on Thanksgiving for the second consecutive season and will host a game on the holiday for the first time in franchise history. Last season, Cousins completed a franchise-record 41 passes for 449 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 120.7 passer rating in Washington’s loss to Dallas. Cousins’ 449 passing yards are the second-most in a single game on Thanksgiving, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman, who passed for 455 yards on November 26, 1998.

Including games that were played in Boston, when the Redskins were known as the Braves, games played at Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park, the Yale Bowl, Giants Stadium and RFK Stadium, the Giants lead the series 98-66-4 and the Giants have outscored Washington 3,406-3,015. The two NFC East rivals split their two meetings last year, each winning in the other team’s building.

They met in the Meadowlands in week three and Washington erased a 21-16 deficit at the half to take a 29-27 win on the road. Washington would outscore the Giants 13-6 in the final 30 minutes of action and took the win with 1:51 left to play in regulation when K Dustin Hopkins connected on a 37-yard field goal. New York then got as far as their 39-yard line after the Redskins kicked off but Manning was picked off by Su’a Cravens. That turned the ball over to Washington, who ran out the clock and left New Jersey with the win. The Giants outrushed Washington 120-90 and Manning threw for 350 yards and a TD strike to WR Sterling Shepherd, while Cousins threw for 296 yards and a pair of TDs. Washington was 7 of 16 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and the Redskins ruled the clock and kept the ball for 33:26, while the Giants were 4 of 9 on third down, holding the ball for 26:34.

The Giants would get their revenge in week 17 in Landover, taking a 19-10 win at FedEx Field. The Giants led 10-0 at the half, then held off a late Washington rally in the second half, as the Redskins responded to tie the game 10-10 on a one-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins to Jordan Reed in the fourth quarter. After a 40-yard go-ahead field goal by Robbie Gould, the Redskins’ potential game-tying or go-ahead drive ended with an interception by Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and New York pulled out the victory as the clock struck :00 when Tevin Wade picked up a fumble and ran it back 11 yards for the game-winning score. In the win that sealed a playoff spot for the Giants, New York outrushed Washington 161-38 and the Giants’ Paul Perkins led all rushers with 102 yards on the ground, while Manning threw for 180 yards and Cousins threw for 287 yards, with a TD, four sacks and a pair of interceptions. The Giants were 6 of 17 on third down in the revenge matchup (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and Big Blue held the ball for 35:52, while Washington went 4 of 12 on third down, keeping the pigskin for 24:08.

In the week three contest, New York was favored by 4 1/2 and the Redskins came away with a 2-point win. As for the 46 1/2 over/under? Both clubs took care of that, tallying 56 points in the Jersey Meadowlands. Washington was favored by 8 in the week 17 contest in Landover and the Giants covered, winning by 9. The 44 over/under? It was untouched, as both clubs combined for 29 points. Washington’s favored by 7 and the over/under’s 44. The Redskins are somewhat in the playoff hunt in the NFC East, while the Giants are looking to somehow stay alive if not relevant in the race. Will Washington fans sing “Hail to the Redskins” this week or will they sing “Hell, it’s the Redskins” this week? Hail yes. Washington wins in Landover but expect the Giants to make things closer than the 7.

Broadcast Information (All times listed are Eastern)

Minnesota at Detroit, 12:30 p.m. on FOX: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: WestWood1: Kevin Kugler, Ross Tucker, Hub Arkush (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 82 (Minnesota), 83 (Detroit) | XM: 88 (WW1), 82 (Minnesota), 83 (Detroit)

Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. on CBS: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: WW1: John Sadak, Tony Boselli, Ed Werder (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 82 (Los Angeles Chargers), 83 (Dallas); XM: 88 (WestWood1), 82 (Los Angeles Chargers), 83 (Dallas)

New York Giants at Washington, 8:30 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: WW1: Ian Eagle, Mike Mayock, Laura Okmin (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 82 (New York Giants), 83  (Washington); XM: 88 (WestWood1), 82 (New York Giants), 83 (Washington)

Thursday Referees
Minnesota at Detroit, 12:30 p.m.: Tony Corrente
Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas, 4:30 p.m.: Jerome Boger
New York Giants at Washington, 8:30 p.m.: Terry McAulay

Injury Report

Minnesota at Detroit, 12:30 p.m.

Minnesota
QUESTIONABLE: T Mike Remmers (Concussion), DE Brian Robison (Back), S Andrew Sendejo (Groin)

Detroit
OUT: CB Jamal Agnew (Knee), RB Dwayne Washington (Hip)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Ezekiel Ansah (Back), LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin (Ankle)

Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas, 4:30 p.m.

Los Angeles Chargers
QUESTIONABLE: LB Hayes Pullard (Neck), T Joseph Barksdale (Foot), WR Travis Benjamin (Abdomen), DT Corey Liuget (Toe), T Russell Okung (Knee), LB James Onwualu (Quadricep), WR Michael Williams (Knee)

Dallas
OUT: LB Sean Lee (Back/Groin)
QUESTIONABLE: K Dan Bailey (Groin), T La’el Collins (Back), DT Maliek Collins (Foot), LB Anthony Hitchens (Groin), T Tyron Smith (Back/Groin)

New York Giants at Washington, 8:30 p.m.

New York Giants
OUT: G Justin Pugh (Back)
DOUBTFUL: LB Calvin Munson (Quad)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Jonathan Casillas (Neck), LS Zak DeOssie (Trapizoid), DT Damon Harrison (Ankle/Elbow), WR Sterling Shepherd (Illness), LB Kelvin Sheppard (Groin), DE Vernon Oliver (Shoulder)

Washington
OUT: DL Terrel McClain (Toe), S Montae Nicholson (Concussion), TE Jordan Reed (Hamstring), C Chase Roullier (Hand)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Ryan Anderson (Knee), LB Zach Brown (Achilles), WR Ryan Grant (Calf), DL Matt Ioannidis (Hand/Thigh), DL Anthony Lanier II (Knee), T Ty Nsekhe (Core Muscle), RB Samjae Perine (Finger), G Brandon Scherff (Knee), LB Martell Spaight (Ankle), T Trent Williams (Knee)

Weather Forecast
Minnesota at Detroit, 12:30 p.m.: Game indoors
Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas, 4:30 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 66 degrees
New York Giants at Washington, 8:30 p.m.: Clear and 35 degrees

Broadcast information, injury report, logo and officials courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel.

Parades, Black Friday Sales, inlaws grousing about the food and picky eaters.

There’s always football on Thanksgiving. This year, NFL fans will get a chance to shove food in their faces and watch football. The schedule makers have once again given football fans a pigskin buffet with not one, not two but three games on the tube.

How did all of this get started, you ask?

Glad you asked.

We’re about to explain it to you.

In 1920, there were a total of six games that were played on Turkey Day. While we will never know who liked dark meat or light, we can tell you that the home teams that day did quite well, going four for six.

The idea of professonal football on Thanksgiving Day? It came as a way to make money and for the new league we know now as the National Football League a chance to get some recognition. The NFL Historians and the good folks at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio tell us that the Chicago Bears introduced their newest star, Illinois RB Red Grange – “the Galloping Ghost” to a standing room-only crowd at Wrigley Field of 36,000 fans in a contest against their cross-town rivals the Chicago Cardinals. Even though the two teams fought to a 0-0 tie, they had their star, the league got its much-needed recogniition and the rest, they say is history. Even though he got a black eye for his effort (probably from either being tackled or reaching for the mashed potatoes before the prayer was said), Grange tallied 92 yards rushing, 56 yards on punt returns, throwing six passes and had an interception to stop a Cardinals drive. Newspapers reported that he took home a whopping $12,000 for his day of work, most of which went to his manager C.C. “Cash and Carry” Pyle.

Grange would travel the nation over the next several months on a barnstorming tour. More than 400,000 spectators – from coast to coast – saw the fabled All-America from the University of Illinois display his athletic talents on the football field.

With Grange as his star attraction, Pyle organized a rival league called the American Football League in 1926. Grange starred for the New York Yankees. While the Yankees had moderate success, the league failed. Grange rejoined the Bears in 1927 but suffered a serious knee injury that sidelined him through the entire 1928 season. He came back in 1929 and played with Chicago through 1934. While known as a runner, Grange was better as a defensive back. More importantly for the NFL, the name recognition of Red Grange was instrumental in attracting large crowds for the professional game. His signing with the Bears helped the league succeed and grow to a new level in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

As for the two major teams that play at home on Thanksgiving Day… Detroit and Dallas?

The Lions began playing on Turkey Day in 1934 when they played the Chicago Bears and lost to Da Bears by a final of 19-16. We’re still not sure who got the drumstick or if the Lions liked dark or white meat and we’re not even sure if the Bears liked gravy on their dressing. Detroit did find the win column the next year, as they would beat Chicago and gain some revenge, taking a 14-2 win.

The Lions and Bears (sorry, no tigers… oh my!) would play Chicago three more times from 1936 to 1938, when that Hitler guy ruined the party and would eventually force America and the rest of the world into the Second World War. While America was out saving the world from a madman that was bent on killing 6 million people because of their religion, Thanksgiving Day football went into hibernation, plus it was kind of hard to throw a football when you’re trying to throw a grenade.

The war ended, Hilter’s dead (probably from overeating, if the Russians didn’t get him first) and things did get back to normal in 1945 when the Lions once again took the stage, losing to the Cleveland Rams (yes, the Rams were in Cleveland before they loaded up the truck and moved to Los Angeles and then to St. Louis before coming back to Tinseltown) by a 28-21 final. Things didn’t go well for Detroit for four more seasons (probably due to over-eating before, during and after the game) before beating up on the New York Yanks 49-14 in 1950.

Detroit with their game against Minnesota on Thanksgiving Day will have played a grand total of 75 games on Thanksgiving Day and even when the team was bad, fans still come to the game. Why? Probably because their fathers brought their kids to the games and they in turn brought their kids. A whopping total of 4,233,461 have seen the Lions at home in the 75 games played, either at Tiger Stadium, the Pontiac SilverDome or Ford Field, averaging a little over 56 thousand a contest. Even when the team was bad, fans still came out and to watch their team. Some came before they sat down to eat and some leaving early to get home to eat.

While the Lions have been the home team on Thanksgiving, their opponents have changed from year to year. 27 teams have played the Lions and the most common opponent is Green Bay. The second most common opponent? Da Bears.

There have been blowouts and there have been some really good games in the series. Have there been shutouts, you ask? Yes, just as sure as your aunt Grace is going to serve that orange and rum cheesecake for dessert. (Pack the Pepto, it’s gonna be a long day). Seven contests have been shutouts but the Lions only have won one contest where they did the deed, a 24-0 win over Chicago in 1979 and three games have gone into overtime (think of it as going for seconds of your sister’s mashed potatoes). The first overtime contest took place in 1980, when Chicago beat Detroit 23-17 on a 95-yard kickoff return by David Williams. The last overtime game in the series was last year against Houston, as the Texans would win it on a 32-yard field goal by kicker Shanyne Graham.

As for the Cowboys… America’s Team didn’t make it onto the Thanksgiving Day Stage until 1966, when their first contest took place in the Cotton Bowl against the St. Louis Cardinals. They won that contest 46-21 in the Lone Star STate that day. The Cowboys have always played their games later in the afternoon. Think of it as dessert after you’ve cleaned your plate while being forced to sit at the kids’ table with your ugly cousin Terri (although she’s gotten a lot better looking lately). They started out winning their first six contests before finally losing to San Francisco in 1972. The only year America’s Team did not grace the nation’s TV screens was in 1975 but they came back the following year before skipping the 1977 season but returned the following year and they’ve been with us ever since… think of that really bad gravy your cousin Marge made three years ago. It’s that bad (we’re speaking of the gravy, not the football). The Cowboys have played 45 games on Thanksgiving, winning 30 of them with 15 losses.

Is this the end of football on Turkey Day? Far from it. In 2006, the NFL decided that if two games on Thanksgiving Day were good, then three must be great and that was the case when they when prime time for football fans. It’s like going back and making a turkey and ham sandwich with cranberry sauce as a snack.

2016 will give football fans three chances to watch as much football and shove as much food in their faces as they can do so (use your common sense when eating, no elbows on the table and watch out for your cousin Connie. She’s the one that turned 57, dates a 42-year old football coach and once wiped out your Super Bowl party last year by eating an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?” The girl’s a bottomless pit!).

Minnesota and Detroit get things underway on the Turkey Day gridiron at 12:30 p.m. on CBS. After you’ve had the first plate, Washington and Dallas square off at AT&T Stadium (aka JerryWorld) at 4:30 p.m. on FOX and be sure to make room on the football plate, because at 8:30, Pittsburgh travels to the Hoosier State for a meeting with Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts on NBC.

Minnesota at Detroit: The Lions have won their last three games on Turkey Day, taking a 45-14 win over Philadelphia last year and overall, the Lions are 36-38-2. Minnesota on Turkey Day? 5-2, with their last win coming in 2000 when they beat Dallas 27-15 in Irving. The Vikings have played Detroit three times on Thanksgiving Day, all in the Motor City and they come away winners in two of those contests (Minnesota’s last meeting with Detroit came in 1995 and the Lions were 44-38 winners, while the Vikings’ last win came in 1998, when they shut out the Lions 23-0).

Washington at Dallas: Dallas and Washington have met on Thanksgiving Day seven times and the Cowboys have won five of those meetings (the Cowboys were 27-20 winners in 2002, while Washington’s last victory over their NFC East foes came in 2012 by a final of 30-27). Despite losing Romo and being blown out of the gravy by Cam Newton and the Panthers last year (they have lost their last two contests), the Cowboys are 29-18-1 in games played in Dallas, Irving and Arlington on Thanksgiving Day. Dallas’ last win on Thanksgiving Day came in 2013, when they beat Oakland 31-24. The Redskins’ record on Turkey Day? 2-6.

Pittsburgh at Indianapolis: Pittsburgh has never played at home on Thanksgiving and has not done well on Turkey Day, going 1-6, with their last win coming in 1950, when they beat the Chicago Cardinals 28-17 in Chicago. Their last contest was in Baltimore in 2013 and the Ravens were 22-20 winners. Indy’s last Turkey Day win came in 2007, when a young man named Peyton Manning, went into Atlanta with his team and took the Falcons to task 31-13 in the Georgia Dome. Indy’s record on Thanksgiving Day is 2-0-1.

In case you’re wondering how your team has done on games on Thanksgiving Day, here are the standings for the current NFL franchises. The records do include games that were played in the AFL (American Football League) but it doesn’t include games that were played in the All-America Football Conference, the precursor to the National Football League.

Team (Record, Last Game)
Baltimore (2-0, 2013)
Carolina (1-0, 2015)
Houston (1-0, 2012)
New Orleans (1-0, 2010)
Philadelphia (6-1, 2015)
Indianapolis (2-0-1, 2007)
Minnesota (5-1, 2000)
Los Angeles (3-1, 1975)
Miami (5-2, 2011)
Tennessee (5-2, 2008)(including games when the Titans were known as the Tennessee Oilers)
San Diego (2-1-1, 1969)
Dallas (29-18-1, 2015)
New York Giants (7-4-3, 2009)
New England (3-2, 2012)
Chicago (17-15-2, 2015)
Kansas City (5-5, 2006)
New York Jets (4-4, 2012)(which includes games that took place when the Jets were the Titans from 1960 to 1962)
San Francisco (2-2-1, 2014)
Seattle (2-2, 2014)
Atlanta (1-1, 2007)
Detroit (36-38-2, 2015)
Buffalo (3-4-1, 1994)
Oakland (3-4, 2013)
Green Bay (14-20-2, 2015)
Denver (4-7, 2009)
Arizona (6-15-2, 2008)
Washington (2-6, 2012)
Pittsburgh (1-6, 2013)
Cincinnati (0-1, 2010)
Tampa Bay (0-1, 2006)
Cleveland (0-3, 1989)

Who hasn’t played on Thanksgiving Day? Just two teams have yet to join the Turkey Pigskin Party. Jacksonville, who became a card-carrying member of the NFL in 1995 and the Cleveland Browns, who came back to the NFL in 1999, are the only two teams to NOT be on the field on Thanksgiving Day. The longest drought? San Diego. Their last appearance took place in 1969 and that is one year before the AFL and NFL merged.

Since 2010, the league has made efforts to end the longest droughts. New Orleans, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Houston, and Carolina all played their first Thanksgiving games during this time frame. San Francisco likewise played their first Thanksgiving game since 1972 in 2011.

Food and football. The NFL and Thanksgiving. The only other holiday that joins food and football? Super Bowl Sunday (which technically is not a holiday but some think it should be). It seems that the powers that run the National Football League knows what they’re doing. Mind your manners, no belching at the table and try not to cheer with your mouth full, k?

Here’s a history of football on Thanksgiving (source: the National Football League)

November 25, 1920
AKRON PROS 7, Canton Bulldogs 0
Decatur Staleys 6, CHICAGO TIGERS 0
ELYRIA (OH) ATHLETICS* 0, Columbus Panhandles 0
DAYTON TRIANGLES 28, Detroit Heralds 0
CHICAGO BOOSTERS* 27, Hammond Pros 0
All-Tonawanda (New York) 14, ROCHESTER JEFFERSONS 3

November 24, 1921
Canton Bulldogs 14, AKRON PROS 0
Buffalo All-Americans 7, CHICAGO STALEYS 6

November 30, 1922
Buffalo All-Americans 21, ROCHESTER JEFFERSONS 0
CHICAGO CARDINALS 6, Chicago Bears 0
RACINE LEGION 3, Milwaukee Badgers 0
Oorang Indians 18, COLUMBUS PANHANDLES 6
CANTON BULLDOGS 14, Akron Pros 0

November 29, 1923
CANTON BULLDOGS 28, Toledo Maroons 0
CHICAGO BEARS 3, Chicago Cardinals 0
GREEN BAY PACKERS 19, Hammond Pros 0
Milwaukee Badgers 16, RACINE LEGION 0
AKRON PROS 2, Buffalo All-Americans 0

November 27, 1924
AKRON PROS 22, Buffalo Bisons 0
Chicago Bears 21, CHICAGO CARDINALS 0
FRANKFORD YELLOWJACKETS 32, Dayton Triangles 7
CLEVELAND BULLDOGS 53, Milwaukee Badgers 10 at Canton, Ohio
Green Bay Packers 17, KANSAS CITY BLUES 6

November 26, 1925
CHICAGO BEARS 0, Chicago Cardinals 0
Kansas City Cowboys 17, CLEVELAND BULLDOGS 0 at Hartford, Connecticut
Rock Island Independents 6, DETROIT PANTHERS 3
POTTSVILLE MAROONS 31, Green Bay Packers 0

November 25, 1926
New York Giants 17, BROOKLYN LIONS 0
Los Angeles Buccaneers 9, DETROIT PANTHERS 6
CHICAGO BEARS 0, Chicago Cardinals 0
FRANKFORD YELLOWJACKETS 20, Green Bay Packers 14
POTTSVILLE MAROONS 8, Providence Steam Roller 0
CANTON BULLDOGS 0, Akron Pros 0

November 24, 1927
Chicago Cardinals 3, CHICAGO BEARS 0
POTTSVILLE MAROONS 6, Providence Steam Roller 0
Green Bay Packers 17, FRANKFORD YELLOWJACKETS 9
Cleveland Bulldogs 30, NEW YORK YANKEES 19

November 29, 1928
Providence Steam Roller 7, POTTSVILLE MAROONS 0
DETROIT WOLVERINES 33, Dayton Triangles 0
FRANKFORD YELLOWJACKETS 2, Green Bay Packers 0
CHICAGO BEARS 34, Chicago Cardinals 0

November 28, 1929
New York Giants 21, STATEN ISLAND STAPLETONS 7
FRANKFORD YELLOWJACKETS 0, Green Bay Packers 0
Chicago Cardinals 40, CHICAGO BEARS 6

November 27, 1930
STATEN ISLAND STAPLETONS 7, New York Giants 6
BROOKLYN DODGERS 33, Providence Steam Roller 12
Green Bay Packers 25, FRANKFORD YELLOWJACKETS 7
CHICAGO BEARS 6, Chicago Cardinals 0

November 26, 1931
Green Bay Packers 38, PROVIDENCE STEAM ROLLER 7
STATEN ISLAND STAPLETONS 9, New York Giants 6
CHICAGO BEARS 18, Chicago Cardinals 7

November 24, 1932
CHICAGO BEARS 34, Chicago Cardinals 0
Green Bay Packers 7, BROOKLYN DODGERS 0
STATEN ISLAND STAPLETONS 13, New York Giants 13

November 30, 1933
Chicago Bears 22, CHICAGO CARDINALS 6
New York Giants 10, BROOKLYN DODGERS 0

November 29, 1934
CHICAGO CARDINALS 6, Green Bay Packers 0
Chicago Bears 19, DETROIT LIONS 16
New York Giants 27, BROOKLYN DODGERS 0

November 28, 1935
New York Giants 21, BROOKLYN DODGERS 0
CHICAGO CARDINALS 9, Green Bay Packers 7
DETROIT LIONS 14, Chicago Bears 2

November 26, 1936
DETROIT LIONS 13, Chicago Bears 7
New York Giants 14, BROOKLYN DODGERS 0

November 25, 1937
Chicago Bears 13, DETROIT LIONS 0
BROOKLYN DODGERS 13, New York Giants 13

November 24, 1938
DETROIT LIONS 14, Chicago Bears 7
BROOKLYN DODGERS 7, New York Giants 7

November 23, 1939
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 17, Pittsburgh Steelers 14#

November 28, 1940
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 7, Pittsburgh Steelers 0#

November 22, 1945
Cleveland Rams 28, DETROIT LIONS 21

November 28, 1946
Boston Yanks 34, DETROIT LIONS 10

November 27, 1947
Chicago Bears 34, DETROIT LIONS 14

November 25, 1948
Chicago Cardinals 28, DETROIT LIONS 14

November 24, 1949
Chicago Bears 28, DETROIT LIONS 7

November 23, 1950
DETROIT LIONS 49, New York Yanks 14
Pittsburgh Steelers 28, CHICAGO CARDINALS 17

November 22, 1951
DETROIT LIONS 52, Green Bay Packers 35

November 27, 1952
DETROIT LIONS 48, Green Bay Packers 24
DALLAS TEXANS 27, Chicago Bears 23 at Akron, Ohio

November 26, 1953
DETROIT LIONS 34, Green Bay Packers 15

November 25, 1954
DETROIT LIONS 28, Green Bay Packers 24

November 24, 1955
DETROIT LIONS 24, Green Bay Packers 10

November 22, 1956
Green Bay Packers 24, DETROIT LIONS 20

November 28, 1957
DETROIT LIONS 18, Green Bay Packers 6

November 27, 1958
DETROIT LIONS 24, Green Bay Packers 14

November 26, 1959
Green Bay Packers 24, DETROIT LIONS 17

November 24, 1960
DETROIT LIONS 23, Green Bay Packers 10
(AFL) – NEW YORK TITANS 41, Dallas Texans 35

November 23, 1961
Green Bay Packers 17, DETROIT LIONS 9
(AFL) – NEW YORK TITANS 21, Buffalo Bills 14

November 22, 1962
DETROIT LIONS 26, Green Bay Packers 14
(AFL) – New York Titans 46, DENVER BRONCOS 45

November 28, 1963
DETROIT LIONS 13, Green Bay Packers 13
(AFL) – Oakland Raiders 26, DENVER BRONCOS 10

November 26, 1964
Chicago Bears 27, DETROIT LIONS 24
(AFL) – Buffalo Bills 27, SAN DIEGO CHARGERS 24

November 25, 1965
DETROIT LIONS 24, Baltimore Colts 24
(AFL) – SAN DIEGO CHARGERS 20, Buffalo Bills 20

November 24, 1966
San Francisco 49ers 41, DETROIT LIONS 14
DALLAS COWBOYS 26, Cleveland Browns 14
(AFL) – Buffalo Bills 31, OAKLAND RAIDERS 10

November 23, 1967
Los Angeles Rams 31, DETROIT LIONS 7
DALLAS COWBOYS 46, St. Louis Cardinals 21
(AFL) – Oakland Raiders 44, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 22
(AFL) – SAN DIEGO CHARGERS 24, Denver Broncos 20

November 28, 1968
Philadelphia Eagles 12, DETROIT LIONS 0
DALLAS COWBOYS 29, Washington Redskins 20
(AFL) – OAKLAND RAIDERS 13, Buffalo Bills 10
(AFL) – KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 24, Houston Oilers 10

November 27, 1969
Minnesota Vikings 27, DETROIT LIONS 0
DALLAS COWBOYS 24, San Francisco 49ers 24
(AFL) – KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 31, Denver Broncos 17
(AFL) – San Diego Chargers 21, HOUSTON OILERS 17

November 26, 1970
DETROIT 28, Oakland 14
DALLAS 16, Green Bay 3

November 25, 1971
DETROIT 32, Kansas City 21
DALLAS 28, Los Angeles Rams 21

November 23, 1972
DETROIT 37, New York Jets 20
San Francisco 31, DALLAS 10

November 22, 1973
Washington 20, DETROIT 0
Miami 14, DALLAS 7

November 28, 1974
Denver 31, DETROIT 27
DALLAS 24, Washington 23

November 27, 1975
Los Angeles Rams 20, DETROIT 0
Buffalo 32, ST. LOUIS 14

November 25, 1976
DETROIT 27, Buffalo 14
DALLAS 19, St. Louis Cardinals 14

November 24, 1977
Chicago 31, DETROIT 14
Miami 55, ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 14

November 23, 1978
DETROIT 17, Denver 14
DALLAS 37, Washington 10

November 22, 1979
DETROIT 20, Chicago 0
Houston 30, DALLAS 24

November 27, 1980
Chicago 23, DETROIT 17 (OT)
DALLAS 51, Seattle 7

November 26, 1981
DETROIT 27, Kansas City 10
DALLAS 10, Chicago Bears 9

November 25, 1982
New York Giants 13, DETROIT 6
DALLAS 31, Cleveland 14

November 24, 1983
DETROIT LIONS 45, Pittsburgh 3
DALLAS 35, St. Louis Cardinals 17

November 22, 1984
DETROIT 31, Green Bay 28
DALLAS 20, New England 17

November 28, 1985
DETROIT 31, New York Jets 20
DALLAS  35, St. Louis Cardinals 17

November 27, 1986
Green Bay 44, DETROIT 40
Seattle 31, DALLAS 14

November 26, 1987
Kansas City 27, DETROIT 20
Minnesota 44, DALLAS 38 (OT)

November 24, 1988
Minnesota 23, DETROIT 0
Houston Oilers 25, DALLAS 17

November 23, 1989
DETROIT 13, Cleveland 10
Philadelphia 27, DALLAS 0

November 22, 1990
DETROIT 40, Denver 27
DALLAS 27, Washington 17

November 28, 1991
DETROIT 16, Chicago 6
DALLAS 20, Pittsburgh  10

November 26, 1992
Houston 24, DETROIT 21
DALLAS 30, New York Giants 3

November 25, 1993
Chicago 10, 6
Miami 16, DALLAS 14

November 24, 1994
DETROIT 35, Buffalo 21
DALLAS 42, Green Bay 31

November 23, 1995
DETROIT 44, Minnesota 38
DALLAS 24, Kansas City 12

November 28, 1996
Kansas City 28, DETROIT 24
DALLAS 21, Washington 10

November 27, 1997
DETROIT 55, Chicago 20
Tennessee 27, DALLAS 14

November 26, 1998
DETROIT 19, Pittsburgh 16 (OT)
Minnesota Vikings 46, DALLAS 36

November 25, 1999
DETROIT 21, Chicago 17
DALLAS 20, Miami 0

November 23, 2000
DETROIT 34, New England 9
Minnesota 27, DALLAS 15

November 22, 2001
Green Bay 29, DETROIT 27
Denver Broncos 26, DALLAS 24

November 28, 2002
New England 20, DETROIT 12
DALLAS 27, Washington 20

November 27, 2003
DETROIT 22, Green Bay 14
Miami 40, DALLAS 21

November 25, 2004
Indianapolis 41, DETROIT 9
DALLAS 21, Chicago 7

November 24, 2005
Atlanta 27, DETROIT 7
Denver 24, DALLAS 21 (OT)

November 23, 2006
Miami 27, DETROIT LIONS 10
DALLAS 38, Tampa Bay 10
KANSAS CITY 19, Denver 10

November 22, 2007
Green Bay 37, DETROIT 26
DALLAS 34, New York Jets 3
Indianapolis 31, ATLANTA 13

November 27, 2008
Tennessee 47, DETROIT 10
DALLAS 34, Seattle 9
PHILADELPHIA 48, Arizona 20

November 26, 2009
Green Bay 34, DETROIT 12
DALLAS 24, Oakland 7
DENVER 26, New York Giants 6

November 25, 2010
New England 45, DETROIT 24
New Orleans 30, DALLAS 27
NEW YORK JETS 26, Cincinnati 10

November 24, 2011
Green Bay 27, DETROIT 15
DALLAS 20, Miami 19
BALTIMORE 16, San Francisco 6

November 22, 2012
Houston 34, DETROIT 31 (OT)
Washington 38, DALLAS 31
New England 49, NEW YORK JETS 19

November 28, 2013
DETROIT 40, Green Bay 10
DALLAS 31, Oakland 24
BALTIMORE 22, Pittsburgh 20

November 27, 2014
DETROIT 34, Chicago 17
Philadelphia 33, DALLAS 10
Seattle 19, SAN FRANCISCO 3

November 26, 2015
DETROIT 45, Philadelphia 14
Carolina 33, DALLAS 14
Chicago 17, GREEN BAY 13

November 24, 2016
Minnesota at Detroit, 12:30 on CBS
Washington at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. on FOX
Pittsburgh at Indianapolis, 8:30 on NBC

* Non league team. Games between league teams and non league teams counted in standings in 1920.

# In 1939 and 1940, President Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving one week earlier. Various states celebrated on the date declared by the President, while other states recognized the traditional fourth Thursday of the month. In 1941, Thanksgiving was sanctioned by Congress to be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, which it has been ever since.

There’s a change a-coming…

The NFL announced Monday scheduling changes for Week 12 on Sunday, November 27.

The New England Patriots at New York Jets game will be played at 4:25 p.m. on CBS and the Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos game moves to 8:30 p.m. on NBC.

Following is the final Week 12 NFL schedule (all times Eastern):

Thursday, November 24 (Thanksgiving Day)
Minnesota at Detroit, 12:30 p.m. on CBS
Washington at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. on FOX
Pittsburgh at Indianapolis, 8:30 p.m. on NBC

Sunday, November 27
Arizona at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Baltimore, 1 p.m on CBS
Jacksonville at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
Tennessee at Chicago, 1 p.m. on CBS
New York Giants at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on FOX
San Diego at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS
San Francisco at Miami, 1 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX
Seattle at Tampa Bay, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
New England at New York Jets, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Carolina at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Kansas City at Denver, 8:30 p.m. on NBC

Monday, November 28
Green Bay at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

Fans since December have wondered when their teams were going to play. They knew who they were playing they were playing and where.

The National Football League announced their 2015 regular season schedule and now fans will know when their teams will be playing. Your patience has been rewarded, NFL fans. You now have time to make those plans to plan that tailgate party at the stadium and plan the meals (just make sure you have enough food, especially if you invite your cousin Connie and her jailbait boyfriend, that 34-year old ex-Marine that’s on the football coaching staff at the local high school. Connie, in case you’re wondering, turned 56, been married three times and has three cats. She’s been known to wipe out Super Bowl parties and not gain a pound. Last year, the girl ate three triple cheese and bacon burgers, washed it down with a couple of liters of Coke and ate an entire Oreo cheesecake by herself and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”)

So here’s the 2015 schedule. The 2015 pre-season schedule was released a couple of weeks ago.

The season begins with the NFL’s annual primetime kickoff game. The opener on September 10 on NBC at 8:30 p.m.
will spotlight the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium.

Week 1 is a CBS national weekend with the key doubleheader game on Sunday, September 13 at 4:25 p.m. featuring Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens traveling westward to take on the Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos. NBC’s Sunday Night Football gets underway on September 13 when the Dallas Cowboys host the New York Giants at 8:30 p.m.

Kickoff Weekend concludes on Monday, September 14 with an ESPN Monday Night Football doubleheader. Atlanta hosts Philadelphia at 7:10 p.m. in the first game followed by the Minnesota Vikings heading west to face San Francisco at 10:20 p.m.

ESPN will televise one game each Monday night in Weeks 2-16. There will be no Monday night game on the final regular season weekend (Week 17) to provide more flexibility for the scheduling of the opening weekend of the NFL playoffs. A select number of games will be “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences. Some of those contests were announced today, including Chicago at Seattle at 4:25 p.m. on CBS) in Week 3 and the Carolina Panthers at Dallas Cowboys at 4:30 p.m. on CBS on Thanksgiving Day. Other “cross-flexed” games will be decided during the season.

The regular season will conclude with Week 17 on Sunday, January 3. For the sixth consecutive year, all 16 games that scheduled for Week 17 are division contests, enhancing the potential for more games with playoff ramifications. The Pro Bowl will return to Hawaii on Sunday, January 31 (ESPN) and be played at Aloha Stadium. The season concludes the following week on Sunday, February 7 with Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium on CBS, capping a year-long celebration of the Super Bowl.

Other highlights of the schedule:

Football fans for Thanksgiving? You will be able to feast on football and turkey at the same time (just don’t eat that stuff your sister-in-law calls turkey, that stuff would kill Bin Laden!) Thanksgiving day will feature a tripleheader on Thursday, November 26. The first game will send Philadelphia to Detroit to face the Lions at 12:30 p.m. on FOX. The late afternoon game will feature Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers visiting Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys at 4:30 p.m. on CBS. The holiday feast concludes with an NFC North rivalry at Lambeau Field as Green Bay hosts Da Bears on NBC at 8:30 p.m.

The NFL will continue its International Series of regular-season games with three games being played in London at Wembley Stadium. All three games will kick off at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (which means that if you’re at church, you might want to set that VCR). In Week 4 on Sunday, October 4, the Miami Dolphins will host the New York Jets in the first division game played in the United Kingdom. It will be broadcast nationally on CBS. In Week 7 on Sunday, October 25, the Jacksonville Jaguars will host the Buffalo Bills in a game that will be distributed globally over a digital platform and televised in the Jacksonville and Buffalo markets on CBS. The following week, the Kansas City Chiefs will host the Detroit Lions at Wembley on Sunday, November 1 in a FOX national game.

NFL Network and CBS will team to feature a schedule of 16 games – 14 on Thursday night and two late in the season on Saturday night (Weeks 15 and 16). Beginning in Week 2 with the Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs, CBS will air seven consecutive games on Thursday night that will be simulcast on NFL Network. Additionally, CBS will broadcast the Week 13 Thursday night contest between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions on December 3. NFL Network will televise six late-season Thursday night games and two Saturday night contests in the run-up to the playoffs. Weeks 15 and 16 will each showcase a Saturday primetime game on NFL Network – the New York Jets at the Dallas Cowboys on December 19th and the Washington Redskins at the Philadelphia Eagles on December 26th.

The NFL’s 32 teams will each play 16 games over 17 weeks. Byes will begin in Week 4 and end in Week 11.
“Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 11-17. Additionally, in Weeks 5-10, flexible scheduling may be used in no more than two weeks. In Weeks 5-16, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only
Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night
game would be moved to an afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday,
Saturday or Monday nights. A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the game. For Week
17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to January 3. The schedule does not list a
Sunday night game in Week 17 but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot. Flexible
scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play
their way into prime time.

The playoffs will include four division winners and two wild cards from each conference. The playoffs begin with Wild Card
Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, January 9-10. The two division winners with the best records in each conference will
earn first-round byes.

Wild Card Weekend winners join the top two division champions in each conference in the Divisional Playoffs on Saturday
and Sunday, January 16-17. The AFC and NFC Championship Games will be played on Sunday, January 24. The
winners meet two weeks later on Sunday, February 7 in Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara.

The NFL is the only sports league that presents all regular-season and postseason games on free, over-the-air television
in local markets. All postseason games are televised nationally.
Westwood One will broadcast on radio all NFL primetime games, the three Thanksgiving Day games and the entire NFL
playoffs.

For ticket information, fans may visit http://www.nfl.com/tickets.

2015 National Football League Composite Regular Season Schedule (All Times Eastern and Subject to change)

Week 1

Thursday, September 10
Pittsburgh at New England, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)

Sunday, September 13
Indianapolis at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Green Bay at Chicago, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Kansas City at Houston, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Carolina at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Cleveland at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Seattle at St. Louis, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Miami at Washington, 1 p.m. (CBS)
New Orleans at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Detroit at San Diego, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Baltimore at Denver, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Cincinnati at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Tennessee at Tampa Bay, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
New York Giants at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, September 14
Philadelphia at ATLANTA, 7:10 p.m. (ESPN)
Minnesota at San Francisco, 10:20 p.m. (ESPN)

Week 2

Thursday, September 17
Denver at Kansas City, 8:25 p.m. (CBS/NFLN)

Sunday, September 20
ATLANTA at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)
New England at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Houston at Carolina, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Arizona at Chicago, 1 p.m. (FOX)
San Diego at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Tennessee at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Detroit at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 1 p.m. (FOX)
San Francisco at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (FOX)
St. Louis at Washington, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Miami at Jacksonville, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Baltimore at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Dallas at Philadelphia, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Seattle at Green Bay, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, September 21
New York Jets at Indianapolis, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Week 3

Thursday, September 24
Washington at New York Giants, 8:25 p.m. (CBS/NFLN)

Sunday, September 27
ATLANTA at Dallas, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Cincinnati at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (CBS)
New Orleans at Carolina, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Oakland at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Tampa Bay at Houston, 1 p.m. (FOX)
San Diego at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Jacksonville at New England, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Philadelphia at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Pittsburgh at St. Louis, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Indianapolis at Tennessee, 1 p.m. (CBS)
San Francisco at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Buffalo at Miami, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Chicago at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Denver at Detroit, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, September 28
Kansas City at Green Bay, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Week 4 (Byes: Tennessee and New England)

Thursday, October 1
Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 8:25 p.m. (CBS/NFLN)

Sunday, October 4
Houston at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. (CBS)
New York Jets at Miami (London), 9:30 a.m. ET (2:30 p.m. London) (CBS)
New York Giants at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Oakland at Chicago, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Kansas City at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Carolina at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Philadelphia at Washington, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Cleveland at San Diego, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
St. Louis at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Minnesota at Denver, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Green Bay at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Dallas at New Orleans, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, October 5
Detroit at Seattle, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 5 (Byes: Carolina, Miami, Minnesota, New York Jets)

Thursday, October 8
Indianapolis at Houston, 8:25 p.m. (CBS/NFLN)

Sunday, October 11
Washington at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Cleveland at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Seattle at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (FOX)
St. Louis at Green Bay, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Chicago Bears at Kansas City, 1 p.m. (FOX)
New Orleans at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Jacksonville at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Buffalo at Tennessee, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Arizona at Detroit, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
New England at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Denver at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
San Francisco 49ers at New York Giants, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)*

Monday, October 12
Pittsburgh at San Diego, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 6 (Byes: Dallas, Oakland, St. Louis and Tampa Bay)

Thursday, October 15
ATLANTA at New Orleans, 8:25 p.m. (CBS/NFLN)

Sunday, October 18
Cincinnati at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Denver at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Chicago at Detroit, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Houston at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Kansas City at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Washington at New York Jets 1 p.m. (FOX)
Arizona at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Miami at Tennessee, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Carolina at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
San Diego at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Baltimore at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
New England at Indianapolis, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)*

Monday, October 19
New York Giants at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 7 (Byes: Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver and Green Bay)

Thursday, October 22
Seattle at San Francisco, 8:25 p.m. (CBS/NFLN)

Sunday, October 25
ATLANTA at Tennessee, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Buffalo at Jacksonville (London), 9:30 a.m. Eastern (1:30 p.m. London) (TBA)
Minnesota at Detroit, 1 p.m. (FOX)
New Orleans at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Pittsburgh at Kansas City, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Houston at Miami, 1 p.m. (CBS)
New York Jets at New England, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Cleveland at St. Louis, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Tampa Bay at Washington, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Oakland at San Diego, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Dallas at New York Giants, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Philadelphia at Carolina, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)*

Monday, October 26
Baltimore at Arizona, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 8 (Byes: Buffalo, Jacksonville, Philadelphia and Washington)

Thursday, October 29

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots 8:25 PM (ET) 8:25 PM CBS/NFLN

Sunday, November 1, 2015
Tampa Bay at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Detroit at Kansas City (London), 9:30 a.m. Eastern (2:30 p.m. London) (FOX)
San Diego at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Minnesota at Chicago, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Arizona at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Tennessee at Houston, 1 p.m. (CBS)
New York Giants at New Orleans, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (CBS)
San Francisco at St. Louis, 1 p.m. (FOX)
New York Jets at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Seattle at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Green Bay at Denver, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)*

Monday, November 2

Indianapolis at Carolina, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 9 (Byes: Arizona, Baltimore, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City and Seattle)

Thursday, November 5
Cleveland at Cincinnati, 8:25 p.m. (NFLN)

Sunday, November 8
ATLANTA at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Miami at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Green Bay at Carolina, 1 p.m. (FOX)
St. Louis at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Washington at New England, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Tennessee at New Orleans, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Jacksonville at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Oakland at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (CBS)
New York Giants at Tampa Bay, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Denver at Indianapolis, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Philadelphia at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)*

Monday, November 9
Chicago at San Diego, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 10 (Byes: Atlanta, Indianapolis, San Diego and San Francisco)

Thursday, November 12
Buffalo at New York Jets, 8:25 p.m. (NFLN)

Sunday, November 15
Jacksonville at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Detroit at Green Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Miami at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Chicago at St. Louis, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Dallas at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Carolina at Tennessee, 1 p.m. (FOX)
New Orleans at Washington, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Minnesota at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Kansas City at Denver, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
New England at New York Giants, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Arizona at Seattle, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)*

Monday, November 16
Houston at Cincinnati, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 11 (Byes: Cleveland, New Orleans, New York Giants and Pittsburgh)

Thursday, November 19
Tennessee at Jacksonville, 8:25 p.m. (NFLN)

Sunday, November 22
Indianapolis at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. (CBS)
St. Louis at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Washington at Carolina, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Denver at Chicago, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Oakland at Detroit, 1 p.m. (CBS)
New York Jets at Houston, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Dallas at Miami, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Green Bay at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Tampa Bay at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Cincinnati at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
San Francisco at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Kansas City at San Diego, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)*

Monday, November 23
Buffalo at New England, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 12 (Byes: None)

Thursday, November 26
Philadelphia at Detroit 12:30 p.m. (FOX)
Carolina at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. (CBS)
Chicago at Green Bay, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)

Sunday, November 29
Minnesota at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. (FOX)
St. Louis at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (FOX)
New Orleans at Houston, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Tampa Bay at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (FOX)
San Diego at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Buffalo at Kansas City, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Miami at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Oakland at Tennessee, 1 p.m. (CBS)
New York Giants at Washington, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Arizona at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Pittsburgh at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
New England at Denver, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)*

Monday, November 30
Baltimore at Cleveland, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 13 (Byes: None)

Thursday, December 3
Green Bay at Detroit, 8:25 p.m. (CBS/NFLN)

Sunday, December 6
ATLANTA at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Houston at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (CBS)
San Francisco at Chicago, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Cincinnati at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Baltimore at Miami, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Seattle at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Carolina at New Orleans, 1 p.m. (FOX)
New York Jets at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Arizona at St. Louis, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Jacksonville at Tennessee, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Kansas City at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Denver at San Diego, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Philadelphia at New England, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Indianapolis at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)*

Monday, December 7
Dallas at Washington, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 14 (Byes: None)

Thursday, December 10
Minnesota at Arizona, 8:25 p.m. (NFLN)

Sunday, December 13
ATLANTA at Carolina, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Washington at Chicago, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (CBS)
San Francisco at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (FOX)
New England at Houston, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (CBS)
San Diego at Kansas City, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Tennessee at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Buffalo at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Detroit at St. Louis, 1 p.m. (FOX)
New Orleans at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Oakland at Denver, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Dallas at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Seattle at Baltimore, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)*

Monday, December 14
New York Giants at Miami, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 15 (Byes: None)

Thursday, December 17
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at St. Louis Rams 7:25 PM (CT) 8:25 PM NFLN

Saturday, December 19
New York Jets at Dallas Cowboys 7:25 PM (CT) 8:25 PM NFLN

Sunday, December 20
ATLANTA at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Kansas City at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Houston at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Tennessee at New England, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Carolina at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Arizona at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Buffalo at Washington, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Green Bay at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Cleveland at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Denver at Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Miami at San Diego, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Cincinnati at San Francisco, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)*

Monday, December 21
Detroit at New Orleans, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 16 (Byes: None)

Thursday, December 24
San Diego at Oakland, 8:25 p.m. (NFLN)

Saturday, December 26
Washington at Philadelphia, 8:25 p.m. (NFLN)

Sunday, December 27
Carolina at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Dallas at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (FOX)
San Francisco at Detroit, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Cleveland at Kansas City, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Indianapolis at Miami, 1 p.m. (CBS)
New York Giants at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Jacksonville at New Orleans, 1 p.m. (CBS)
New England at New York Jets, 1 p.m.(CBS)
Chicago at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Green Bay at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
St. Louis at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)*

Monday, December 28
Cincinnati at Denver, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 17 (Byes: None)

Sunday, January 3, 2016
New Orleans at ATLANTA, 1 p.n. (FOX)
New York Jets at Buffalo , 1 p.m. (CBS)
Tampa Bay at Carolina, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Detroit at Chicago, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Washington at Dallas, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Minnesota at Green Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Jacksonville at Houston, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Tennessee at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Oakland at Kansas City, 1 p.m. (CBS)
New England at Miami, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Philadelphia at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Seattle at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
San Diego at Denver, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
St. Louis at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Saturday, January 9 and Sunday, January 10 – AFC and NFC Wildcard Playoff Games (ESPN, FOX, NBC and CBS)
Saturday, January 16 and Sunday, January 17 – AFC and NFC Divisonal Playoff Games (FOX and CBS)
Sunday, January 24 – AFC and NFC Championship Games (FOX and CBS)
Sunday, January 31 – Pro Bowl (ESPN)
Sunday, February 7 – Super Bowl 50 (CBS)

* – Sunday night games in Weeks 5-16 subject to change; Week 17 game TBD

Exciting divisional matchups and the Thanksgiving tradition of family, food and football had fans tuned into NFL games in record numbers.

NFL programming accounted for the top four and
five of the top six shows of the week. The FOX
Thanksgiving game (Eagles-Cowboys) was watched by
an average of 32.0 million viewers topping all
programs for the week (November 24 through 30) and
ranking as the most-watched show of the fall TV
season.

The CBS Sunday national telecast (mostly Patriots-Packers) was the second most-watched show of the week with an average of 30.9 million viewers and ranks as the second most-watched show of the fall TV season.

The CBS Thanksgiving game (mostly Bears-Lions) was the third most-watched show of the week with an average of 29.4 million viewers.

NBC’s Seahawks-49ers Thanksgiving night game was the week’s most-watched primetime show averaging 22.9 million viewers and NBC’s Sunday Night Football (Broncos-Chiefs) drew an average of 21.1 million viewers.

The three-game Thanksgiving Day average of 28.4 million viewers is the highest Thanksgiving Day average since 1998 (29.7 million for Steelers-Lions and Vikings-Cowboys).

Locally, NFL games topped the ratings in 27 NFL markets:

Program – # of NFL Markets Ranked #1
NFL Football – 27
NCAA Football – 1
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – 1
Local News – 1

Following is the list of the NFL markets where football was the top-rated program for the week of November 24 – 30:

Week of 11/24-11/30:
Market – Game, Date (RTG, SHR) (Rank)
Milwaukee – Patriots at Packers, 11/30/2014 (50.1, 72) (1)
Denver – Broncos at Chiefs, 11/30/2014 (46.7, 64) (1)
New Orleans – Ravens at Saints, 11/24/2014 (43.6, 59) (1)*
Boston – Patriots at Packers, 11/30/2014 (43.2, 66) (1)
Buffalo – Browns at Bills, 11/30/2014 (38.2, 61) (1)
Kansas City – Broncos at Chiefs, 11/30/2014 (37.6, 54) (1)
Cleveland – Browns at Bills, 11/30/2014 (36.9, 64) (1)
Baltimore – Ravens at Saints, 11/24/2014 (36.1, 51) (1)*
Seattle – Seahawks at 49ers, 11/27/2014 (36.1, 74) (1)
Pittsburgh – Saints at Steelers, 11/30/2014 (35.0, 62) (1)
Indianapolis – Redskins at Colts, 11/30/2014 (34.5, 60) (1)
Cincinnati – Bengals at Buccaneers, 11/30/2014 (33.3, 59) (1)
San Diego – Chargers at Ravens, 11/30/2014 (32.7, 64) (1)
Minneapolis – Panthers at Vikings, 11/30/2014 (30.6, 60)(1)
Detroit – Bears at Lions, 11/27/2014 (29.4, 59) (1)
Chicago – Bears at Lions, 11/27/2014 (26.2, 52) (1)
Philadelphia – Eagles at Cowboys, 11/27/2014 (26.2, 61) (1)
Houston – Titans at Texans, 11/30/2014 (25.6, 49) (1)
Dallas – Eagles at Cowboys, 11/27/2014 (25.4, 59) (1)
Phoenix – Cardinals at Falcons, 11/30/2014 (22.0, 40) (1)
Washington – Redskins at Colts, 11/30/2014 (20.6, 42) (1)
Atlanta – Cardinals at Falcons, 11/30/2014 (20.4, 36) (1)
Tampa – Patriots at Packers, 11/30/2014 (19.9, 31) (1)
Charlotte – Patriots at Packers, 11/30/2014 (19.7, 34) (1)
Nashville – Patriots at Packers, 11/30/2014 (19.5, 30) (1)
San Francisco and Oakland – Seahawks at 49ers, 11/27/2014 (18.7, 48) (1)
Miami – Patriots at Packers, 11/30/2014 (15.0, 27) (1)
* Local affiliate & ESPN combined
Sources: NFL & The Nielsen Company

In other NFL news….

The National Football League annoucned that the week 15 Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns game on Sunday, December 14 at 1 p.m. Eastern will be broadcast on FOX and the Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions game at 4:25 p.m. Eastern on FOX. The originally scheduled Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles game remains in place on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.

In addition, the kickoff times for each of the Week 16 Saturday doubleheader games have been finalized. The Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins game on Saturday, December 20 will be played at 4:30 p.m. Eastern and broadcast on NFL Network, followed by the San Diego Chargers at San Francisco 49ers game at 8:25 p.m. Eastern on CBS. The final Week 16 schedule will be announced at a later date.

Following is the final Week 15 NFL schedule (All times are Eastern):

Thursday, December 11
Arizona at St. Louis, 8:25 p.m. on NFL Network

Sunday, December 14
Pittsburgh at Atlanta, 1 p.m. on CBS
Jacksonville at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tampa Bay at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on FOX
Houston at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
Oakland at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on CBS
Miami at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
Washington at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
Denver at San Diego, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at Tennessee, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Minnesota at Detroit, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
San Francisco at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Dallas at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. on NBC

Monday, December 15
New Orleans at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

The NFL uses “flexible scheduling” to ensure quality matchups in all NFL Sunday time slots and to give teams a chance to play their way onto primetime and into the late-afternoon 4:25 p.m. Eastern time slot on CBS or FOX.

For the first time, flexible scheduling may be applied in Weeks 5-10. During that period, flexible scheduling can be used in no more than two weeks by shifting a Sunday afternoon game into primetime and moving the Sunday night game to an afternoon start time.

Also, for the first time, a select number of games are being “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences.

The NFL will continue to use flexible scheduling on Sundays in Weeks 11-17. For each flexible scheduling week with the exception of Week 17, the NFL announces the start times of games on Sundays no later than 12 days prior to that weekend.  To ensure a Sunday night game and doubleheader games with playoff implications in Week 17, flexible scheduling decisions for that Sunday can be made on six days notice.

For ticket information, fans may visit http://www.nfl.com/tickets.

It’s Black Friday eve… it’s also Thanksgiving Day. That means overeating, trying to avoid your Aunt Catherine’s fruit cake (that stuff is really bad… in fact, it’s so bad even Satan won’t touch it!) and listen to your brother in law’s bad jokes. It’s also NFL football and it’s the start of week 13 in the 2014 season.

The powers that be have given fans three football games in one day. That means you have one during dinner (if you eat early), one for seconds and one for that late night snack. Three games. One day and two of those games involve teams that have been doing Turkey Day football for a long time (Dallas and Detroit get to stay at home, while the 49ers will play their second Thanksgiving contest in two years).

It’s a short week for these six teams that will take the field Thursday. If you’re a football fan, you can’t go wrong. It’s like someone just gave you the best turkey leg. EVER.

Some numbers to chew on while you’re chewing on that German Chocolate Cake that your niece Sarah made (she can really cook and she’s going to make a fine wife for someone if she wants to go that route)…

Week 13 will feature a Thanksgiving tripleheader for the ninth consecutive season. Traditional competitors Detroit and Dallas will host games during the day followed by a primetime nightcap on NBC between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.

The Lions will play their 75th Thanksgiving Day game dating back to 1934, while the Cowboys will play in their 47th since 1966. The Bears will play in their 33rd game on Thanksgiving Day, while the Eagles, 49ers and Seahawks will play in their sixth, fifth and fourth games, respectively.

The Thanksgiving Day records of the teams playing this Thursday:

TEAM (WON-LOST-TIED, WINNING PCT.)
Chicago Bears (16-14-2, .533)
Dallas Cowboys (29-16-1, .644)
Detroit Lions (34-38-2, .472)
Philadelphia Eagles (5-0-0, 1.000)
San Francisco 49ers (2-1-1, 667)
Seattle Seahawks (1-2-0, 333)

Note: tie games prior to 1972 do not count in winning percentage

The players with the most career touchdown catches on Thanksgiving:
PLAYER, TEAM (GAMES, TOUCHDOWN RECEPTIONS)
Cloyce Box, Detroit (5, 7)
Michael Irvin, Dallas (10, 6) *
Calvin Johnson, Detroit (7, 6)
Many tied with 5
*Pro Football Hall of Famer

The most career passing yards and touchdown passes on Thanksgiving Day:
PLAYER, TEAM (GAMES-YARDS)
Troy Aikman, Dallas (10-2,174)*
Tony Romo, Dallas (8-2,033)
Danny White, Dallas (10-1,545)
Bart Starr, Green Bay (8-1,345)*
Bobby Layne, Detroit (8-1,319)*
*Pro Football Hall of Famer

TOUCHDOWN PASSES
PLAYER, TEAM (GAMES-TOUCHDOWN PASSES)
Tony Romo, Dallas (8-18)
Bobby Layne, Detroit (8-14)*
Danny White, Dallas (10-14)
Troy Aikman, Dallas (10-11)*
Brett Favre, Green Bay (4-11)
*Pro Football Hall of Famer

Tight end Jason Witten, who will play in his 12th Thanksgiving Day game this week, is currently the all-time leader on Thanksgiving with 65 catches. His 732 receiving yards trails only Herman Moore (834) for the most all-time on Thanksgiving.

The most career receiving yards on Thanksgiving Day:
PLAYER, TEAM (GAMES-RECEIVING YARDS)
Herman Moore, Detroit (10-834)
Jason Witten, Dallas (11-732)
Michael Irvin, Dallas (10-722)*
Tony Hill, Dallas (9-622)
Drew Pearson, Dallas (8-551)
*Pro Football Hall of Famer

The active franchises with the highest winning percentage on Thanksgiving Day (minimum five games):
TEAM (WON-LOST-TIED, WINNING PCT.)
Philadelphia Eagles (5-0-0, 1.000)
Minnesota Vikings (5-1-0, 833)
Tennessee Titans (5-2-0, 714)
Miami Dolphins (5-2-0, 714)
Dallas Cowboys (29-16-1, 644)
Note: tie games prior to 1972 do not count in winning percentage

Wear your strechy pants and don’t overdo. Mind your manners, pass the mashed potatoes and get ready for some football. Here are Thursday’s games to start week 13.

Chicago (5-6) at Detroit (7-3), 12:30 p.m. (CBS) Ford Field. Tradition and the NFC North meets Thursday afternoon in the Motor City as the Lions host Chicago at Ford Field in the first of three NFL games on Thanksgiving.

Chicago pulled to within one game of the .500 mark with their 21-13 win over Tampa Bay in the Windy City. Da Bears erased a 10-0 halftime deficit at Soldier Field by outscoring the Bucs 21-3 in the second half. The Monsters of the Midway outrushed Tampa Bay 92-66, while sacking Josh McCown five times and picked him off twice (Chicago forced four turnovers in the 8-point win). Despite being sacked three times, Cutler managed to throw for 130 yards and a TD without an interception in the win. Da Bears were 4-16 on third down tries and kept the ball for 29:50, while Tampa Bay was 7-17 and 0-1 on third and fourth downs, holding the pigskin for 30:10. Running back Matt Forte rushed for 89 yards with two touchdowns and had five catches for 23 yards in the victory. Forté has 822 rushing yards and 72 catches this year, his seventh consecutive season with at least 800 rushing yards and 40 receptions. He joined La Danian Tomlinon as the only players in NFL history to start a career with seven seasons in a row with at least 800 rushing yards and 40 catches.

“We’ll take the win but we have a lot to work on,” Bears head coach Marc Trestman told the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and WGN-TV. “We are excited to move forward to Thursday and a Thanksgiving game at Detroit.”

The Lions traveled to Foxboro and it was not a good Weekend in New England (apologies to Barry Manilow!) as they were held to three Matt Prater field goals to lose 34-9 to Tom Brady and the Patriots.

“I think it is good we have a short week,” Stafford told the Detroit Free Press. “We have a chance to go out and play again on Thursday against a familiar opponent and on a national stage.” Detroit barely outrushed New England 91-90 in the contest and Brady outpassed Matthew Stafford 349-264 in the win (Brady also threw a pair of TDs in the contest to WR Tim Wright). Detroit was 5-17 and 2-3 on third and fourth down tries, keeping the ball for 30:11, while New England was 6-14 and 1-1 on third and fourth downs, holding the ball for 29:49.

Chicago aims for a third consecutive victory following a 21-13 win against Tampa Bay. The Bears overcame a 10-0 third-quarter deficit en route to the win, while Detroit enters Week 13 following a 34-9 loss at New England.

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford passed for 264 yards in the game, including completing four passes for 97 yards to wide receiver Golden Tate, who reached 1,000 receiving yards for the first time in his career. Tate, who has 1,047 receiving yards this season, is the first Lions wide receiver other than Calvin Johnson to amass 1,000 receiving yards in a season since Roy Williams (1,310) and Mike Furrey (1,086) accomplished the feat in 2006.

Detroit hosts Chicago on Thanksgiving for the first time since 1999 and Stafford has passed for 771 yards and five touchdowns in his past two games on Thanksgiving. Johnson aims for his sixth game in row on Thanksgiving with a touchdown catch. Johnson is currently tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin (six) for the second-most all-time career touchdown receptions on Thanksgiving. With a touchdown catch this Thursday, Johnson would tie Cloyce Box (seven) for the most receiving touchdowns on Thanksgiving in NFL history.

Chicago leads the series with their NFC North rivals 96-67-5, which includes contests when the Lions were in Portsmouth and known as the Spartans and Da Bears played their home games at Wrigley Field and at the University of Illinois-Champaign and have outscored the Lions 3,256-2,956. Detroit, however, has won the last two meetings, including a sweep of last year’s series in Chicago and Detroit (Chicago’s last win in the series came in 2012, when they took a 26-24 win in the Motor City to sweep that series that year).

In the first meeting in week four in the Motor City, the Lions led 30-13 at the half and held off Da Bears 40-32. Lions RB Reggie Bush ran for 139 of Detroit’s 159 yards in (the contest (Chicago ran for 131, with Matt Forte tallying 95 of them) and Detroit sacked Jay Cutler three times and picked him off three times. The Lions, who forced three Chicago turnovers, went 2-10 on third down tries and held the ball for 31:49, while Chicago was dismal on third down tries, going 1-13 but was perfect on fourth down, going 2-2 and kept the ball for 28:11.

The Lions completed the sweep in the Windy City in 2013, needing to hold off a late Chicago rally to take a 21-19 week 10 win at Soldier Field. Tied at 7-7 at the half, Detroit took the lead for keeps when Calvin Johnson and Stafford (who had three TD passes) connected on a 4-yard TD pass in the third quarter and then held Da Bears off after Brandon Marshall scored on a 11-yard pass from Josh McCown with 40 seconds left. Bush again was the rushing star, running for 105 of Detroit’s 145, while Chicago was held to 38 yards on the ground. Both teams did a little better on third and fourth down tries in the second contest but still failed to breach the 50 percent mark (Detroit 5-12, 0-1; Chicago 7-17, 1-2) and the clock favored Chicago at 31:35, while Detroit kept the ball for 28:25.

Detroit covered the 3 point spread in the Motor City in the week four contest and the 72 combined points allowed the 47 1/2 over/under to be covered with ease (not your cousin Kimmie’s gravy. That stuff’s so toxic it could be used for lighter fluid!). In taking the sweep in week 10 in the Windy City, Detroit did win but barely missed the 2 1/2 point spread, winning by 2 and both clubs missed the 52 1/2 over/under (which is like missing your sister-in-law’s corn pudding… it’s really bad. It’s so bad the corn industry paid her not to cook it), scoring 40. Detroit’s favored by 7 and the over/under is 48. It’s possible that they could reach the over/under by halftime. These teams are pretty decent and they are rivals in the same division. Lions may make it interesting but Da Bears roar to the win, even though they may not cover the 7.

Philadelphia (8-3) at Dallas (8-3), 4:30 p.m. (FOX) AT&T Stadium. A pair of NFC East rivals, tied for first place in the division, meet in Arlington in the second game of the NFL’s Thanksgiving Feast.

Both teams come into the week on short weeks and both teams won their contests last Sunday. The Cowboys this week will play in the first of two consecutive Thursday games (Week 14 at Chicago Bears, December 4, 2014) following a 31-28 victory against the New York Giants on Sunday Night.

Philadelphia enters Week 13 following a 43-24 win against the Tennessee Titans. Eagles rookie Josh Huff returned the opening kickoff 107 yards for a touchdown in the win. Huff is the second Eagle with a 100-plus yard kickoff-return touchdown this year (Chris Polk, 102 yards, Week 3) and Philadelphia is the first team since the 1970 Green Bay Packers to have multiple players with a 100-plus yard kickoff-return touchdown in a season. Nine different Eagles have now scored a return touchdown, tied for the most in a single season in NFL history. RB LeSean McCoy ran for 130 yards in the win, as the Eagles ran for 164, while holding Tennessee to 52 and sacked Titans QB Zack Mettenberger five times. The Eagles were 10-19 on third down tries, keeping the ball in their talons for 33:12, while the Titans were 2-12 and 1-2 on third and fourth down conversions, keeping the ball for 26:48.

“It’s a big one,” says tight end Brent Celek, who has played in 14 career regular-season games against Dallas. “It’s going to be big for them and big for us. I’m excited. Playing on Thanksgiving, everyone is watching, Cowboys against Eagles – it doesn’t get much better than that.”

Philadelphia, who is undefeated in Thanksgiving Day games, will play in Dallas on Thanksgiving for the first time since 1989. The Eagles most recently played in the 2008 Thanksgiving nightcap, a 48-20 victory against Arizona. Philadelphia has the highest winning percentage among active NFL franchises on Thanksgiving (minimum five games).

Dallas quarterback Tony Romo passed for 275 yards with four touchdowns for a 143.4 passer rating in the come-from-behind victory over the New York Giants last Sunday in the Meadowlands. With 3:00 remaining in the fourth quarter, Romo led a seven-play, 80-yard drive capped off by a 13-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Dez Bryant. Rallying from a 21-10 halftime deficit, the Cowboys outscored the Giants 21-7 in the second half for the 3-point win. DeMarco Murray was the rushing star in the contest, as the Dallas RB ran for 121 yards (Dallas wound up with 119 rushing yards, holding the Giants to 89) and Romo would wind up throwing four TD passes in the win. Dallas on third tries went 4-10, keeping the ball for 24:53, while the Giants were 11-16 and 0-1 on third and fourth down, keeping the ball for 35:07.

“Now we have another challenge coming up real quick on Thanksgiving Day,” says Romo. “Philly is playing great football so we’re going to have to play better than we did tonight to win that game.” Romo has led the Cowboys to six wins in seven Thanksgiving starts. For his career, Romo has passed for 2,033 yards and an NFL-record 18 touchdowns on Thanksgiving.

Dallas leads the series 59-47 and have outscored the Eagles 2,291-2,084. They did meet last year and both teams split the series in 2013, which was good, considering that they won in the other team’s ballpark.

Dallas held the Eagles to a fourth quarter field as they took a 17-3 win in the City of Brotherly Love. After a scoreless first quarter, the Cowboys led 3-0 at the half and outscored Philly 10-3 in the final 30 minutes of play. Neither club breached the 100-yard rushing barrier, although Philly did outrush Dallas 84-74 and Romo (2) and Nick Barkley (3) threw five interceptions between them at Lincoln Financial Field. Third down and fourth down tries in the first meeting were nothing to write home about, as the Cowboys were 5-16 and did not attempt a fourth down conversion and Philly was 4-18 and 1-1 in the same stat catagory. Time was the ally of Dallas, who kept the ball for 36:13 to Philadelphia’s 23:47.

The Eagles avoided the sweep in the second meeting in the Lone Star State, escaping with a 24-22 win in Arlington and knocking Dallas out of the post-season party to close out the 2013 campaign. Dallas trailed 17-10 at halftime before rallying to make the contest closer. LeShawn McCoy ran for 131 of the Eagles’ 137, while the Philly defense held to 59 yards. Although he was sacked five times, Eagles QB Nick Foles did manage to throw a pair of TD passes without an interception (Romo was picked off twice with two TDs passes).

Again, third and fourth down tries in the second meeting was nothing to write home about. Philly? 5-13, 0-1. Dallas? 3-11, 1-2 and the clock favored Dallas, who held the ball for 30:17, while the Eagles kept it for 29:43.

Dallas won the week seven contest in the City of Brotherly Love, covering the 3 point spread (Philadelphia was favored) but both clubs came nowhere close to the 56 over/under, scoring only 20 points. Although Philadelphia won the week 17 meeting in the Lone Star State, they did not cover the 6 point spread and the 52 1/2 over/under was missed, as the two NFC East rivals could only muster 46 points. Dallas in the late afternoon contest in the Lone Star State is favored by 3 and the over/under is 55. First place is on the line here and they meet again in two weeks in Philly. But let’s deal with this now before you go back for seconds of that chocolate-chip cookie pound cake. Philly covers the 3 on the road and pulls the upset.

Seattle (7-4) at San Francisco (7-4), 8:30 p.m. (NBC) Levis Stadium. “What’s Your Deal?” Round five gets underway in Santa Clara as the defending Super Bowl champs make their way down I-5 to take on the 49ers. There’s not just history and bad blood between the players, there’s bad blood between the coaches (Seattle’s Pete Carroll and San Francisco’s Jim Harbaugh) and the bad blood between the coaches goes all the way back when Carroll was at Southern California and Harbaugh was at Stanford. The two had played a game in Los Angeles and Stanford was winning big. At the end of the contest, the two met midfield and Harbaugh asked Carroll “what’s your deal?” when he asked why Southern California ran up the score. The feud, like Donkey Kong, was on and found its way to the NFL.

Don’t expect these two to break bread anytime soon.

You might want to put them at separate kids’ tables.

Seattle and San Francisco cap off a full day of Thanksgiving football action when they face each other for the first time since last season’s NFC Championship Game. Seattle will play in its first game on Thanksgiving since 2008, while Thursday marks the first time that San Francisco hosts a game on Thanksgiving Day.

The Seahawks enter Week 13 following a 19-3 win against the Arizona Cardinals. The defending Super Bowl champs took a 9-6 lead against Arizona with them to halftime at CenturyLink Field last Sunday in the land of grunge, salmon and Starbucks and outscored the Desert Angry Birds 10-0 in the final 30 minutes of play, coming away with the 19-6 win. Seattle outrushed Arizona 124-64 and despite being sacked seven times, Wilson threw for 211 yards and a TD in the AFC West contest in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle went 5-13 on third down tries, while Arizona was 3-12 and the clock was the ally of Seattle, who held the ball for 35:27 to Arizona’s 24:33.

“Our team played really well in the win,” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told KIRO-TV and KING-TV. “We have to turn around in a hurry. Hopefully we can put together another good performance this week against a very tough divisional opponent.”

In his third year, Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson has won 20 of his first 22 career starts at home in the regular season. That is tied for the fewest starts (22) needed to reach 20 regular-season wins at home among quarterbacks who began their careers in the Super Bowl era. The other three quarterbacks to accomplish the feat? Matt Ryan, Marc Bulger and Danny White.

Wilson heads into this week’s matchup having won his past two starts in Thursday games, passing for five touchdowns with no interceptions for a 116.6 passer rating. Including the postseason, Wilson has also led the Seahawks to victories in three its past four games against San Francisco.

Wilson’s career numbers against San Francisco (including postseason):
RECORD: 3-2
PASSING YARDS: 849
TD PASSES: 7
PASSER RATING: 85.7
RUSHING YARDS: 74

The 49ers aim for a fourth consecutive victory after a 17-13 victory over Washington. San Francisco led 10-7 at the break and then held off Washington in the second half. Washington’s Alfred Morris ran for 125 yards in the contest on the West Coast as San Francisco was outrushed 136-66 but the 49ers did manage to sack Robert Griffin III five times. The 49ers were 5-13 and 2-2 on third and fourth down conversions, keeping the ball for 30:05, while the Redskins were 2-13, holding the ball for a mere 29:55.

“I think this is something to continue to build off of,” says 49ers safety Antoine Bethea. “This string of victories has been great and will pay big dividends for us. Now we have a short week against a great team coming into our house on Thanksgiving.”

San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick heads into Thursday’s divisional matchup with a 7-5 career regular-season record as a starter against the NFC West. Kaepernick has passed for 16 touchdowns and has posted a passer rating of at least 90 in eight of his 12 starts against the NFC West.

Kaepernick’s career regular-season numbers as a starter against the NFC West:
RECORD: 7-5
PASSING YARDS: 2,859
TD PASSES: 16
PASSER RATING: 92.8
RUSHING YARDS: 417

The series in the regular season is tied at 15-15 and the Seahawks have outscored San Francisco 711-580. They met three times (twice in the regular season, once in post-season) and Seattle and San Francisco split the regular season contests, winning in their home facilities. The feud hit the ground running in week two in the land of grunge, salmon and Starbucks as the Seahawks took a 5-0 lead at the half thanks to a safety caused by a holding penalty in the end zone and a Stephen Hauschka field goal for the 29-3 win. Marshawn Lynch chipped in with three TDs and 98 yards rushing as Seattle outrushed San Francisco 172-100. The Seahawks took advantage of five San Francisco turnovers (they picked off Colin Kaepernick three times) and despite Russell Wilson being sacked four times, Seattle led from start to finish in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle went 5-16 and 1-2 on third down tries, while keeping the ball for 36:43. San Francisco on third and fourth down conversions went 3-12 and 0-1, holding the ball for 23:17.

San Francisco got their revenge in week 14 at Candlestick Park as the 49ers rallied from a 1-point deficit late in the contest to take a 19-17 win. Seattle led by as much as 14-9 before San Francisco took the lead before halftime when Kaepernick and TE Vernon Davis connected on an 8-yard TD pass with six seconds left for a 16-14 lead. The two teams then played a scoreless third quarter and Seattle took the lead back on a 31 yard field goal by Hauscka for a 17-16 lead. San Francisco then went to work and used a 11-play, 76-yard drive that used 5:54 off the clock and ended when Phil Dawson connected on a 22 yard field goal with 26 seconds left to give the Niners the win. San Francisco’s Frank Gore ran for 110 of the 49ers’ 163, while Seattle tallied 86 (Gore had 72) in the second meeting and both Wilson and Kaepernick each threw a TD and an interception and was sacked twice. On third down tries, neither club managed to breach the 50 mark (Seattle was 5-12, San Francisco was 5-13) and the clock was the ally of San Francisco at 32:28, while Seattle held it for 27:32.

Then there was the third meeting in Seattle for all the marbles. The NFC Championship game and the right to face Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl, with the winner moving on and the loser going home.

It would be Seattle coming out on top as king of the NFC hill, taking a 23-17 win after trailing 10-3 at the half. The Seahawks would wind up chipping away at the 49ers lead and then took the lead for keeps when WR Javon Kearse caught a 35 yard TD pass from Wilson and then iced the game away with a 47 yard field goal by Hauscka. The drama didn’t end there. San Francisco got the ball back and proceeded to march their way down the field with 3:32 left to play and made their way into Seattle territory and would wind up at the Seahawk 18 yard line before Kaepernick was picked off by Richard Sherman. After Seattle was penalized for taunting, they snapped the ball three times, knelt it down three times to run the clock out and win the contest.

Kaepernick and Lynch were the rushing stars in the third contest that would decide who got to go to New Jersey. Lynch ran for 109 yards and a TD (Seattle rushed for 115), while Kaepernick ran for 130 (San Francisco ran for 161). Kaepernick was sacked twice and threw two interceptions, while Wilson was sacked four times (each threw a TD pass in the contest). Seattle and San Francisco struggled on third down tries, with the 49ers going 3-11, while Seattle was 5-14. Fourth down tries? Both teams did reasonably well (San Francisco was 2-2, Seattle was 1-3) and the clock was the ally of Seattle, who kept the ball for 31:28, while San Francisco had it for 28:32.

In the first meeting in week two, Seattle easily covered the 3 point spread, winning by 26. That was a good thing, because neither club covered the 44 over/under, scoring only 32 points. The 49ers won by 1, meaning that they did not cover the 3 point spread and both teams missed the 42 1/2 over/under as they would only score 36 points. The NFC championship had the Seahawks covering the 3 1/2 with their 7 point win and both teams BARELY covered the 39 1/2 over/under with their combined 40 points.  San Francisco’s favored by a point and the over/under’s 39 1/2. Since you’ve already got food and still eating the leftovers, you might want to watch out for cousin Connie. (Remember her? She’s 56, divorced twice and dating the 42-year old football coach in town. Connie once almost wiped out an entire Super Bowl party by eating an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year by herself and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”)

It’s going to be a really close contest and the 1 point spread makes sense (just like putting mayo on that turkey sandwich) and the 39 1/2 over/under is plausible. San Francisco may be favored but Seattle proves they’re still the champ and covers the 1 on the road in Santa Clara.

Broadcast Information
Chicago at Detroit, 12:30 p.m. on CBS: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Wayne Larrivee, Mark Malone, Hub Arkush (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 93 (Chicago), 85 (Detroit). XM: 88 (WestWood 1), 225 (Chicago), 85 (Detroit).

Philadelphia at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. on FOX: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Charissa Thompson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Tony Boselli, Scott Kaplan (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood 1), 93 (Philadelphia), 85 (Dallas). XM: 88 (WestWood 1), 225 (Philadelphia), 85 (Dallas).

Seattle at San Francisco, 8:30 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Dan Fouts, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood 1), 93 (Seattle), 85 (San Francisco). XM: 88 (WestWood 1), 225 (Seattle), 85 (San Francisco).

Injury Report

Chicago at Detroit

Chicago
OUT: LB Lance Briggs (groin), C Brian De La Puente (ankle), LB Darryl Sharpton (hamstring), WR Chris Williams (hamstring)
DOUBTFUL: DT Jay Ratliff (knee), DE Trevor Scott (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Kyle Fuller (knee)
PROBABLE: T Eben Britton (illness), WR Brandon Marshall (ankle), T Jordan Mills (ribs), S Brock Vereen (shoulder)

Detroit

OUT: DT Nick Fairley (knee), G Larry Warford (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Reggie Bush (ankle, back), T Riley Reiff (knee)
PROBABLE: DE Ezekiel Ansah (elbow), S James Ihedigbo (knee), WR Calvin Johnson (ankle), DE George Johnson (foot), CB Rashean Mathis (ankle), LB Ashlee Palmer (concussion), S Glover Quin (back)

Philadelphia at Dallas

Philadelphia
OUT: QB Nick Foles (collarbone)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Emmanuel Acho (groin)
PROBABLE: S Nate Allen (ankle), DE Brandon Bair (elbow), TE Zach Ertz (oblique), WR Jordan Matthews (knee), K Cody Parkey (right groin), T Jason Peters (quadricep)

Dallas
OUT: DE Jack Crawford (thumb), CB Tyler Patmon (knee, ankle), LB Dekoda Watson (hamstring)
DOUBTFUL: S Jeff Heath (thumb)
PROBABLE: DE Tyrone Crawford (knee), T Doug Free (foot), DT Nick Hayden (shoulder), LB Rolando McClain (knee), DT Josh Price-Brent (groin), QB Tony Romo (back), WR Terrance Williams (finger)

Seattle at San Francisco

Seattle
OUT: TE Cooper Helfet (ankle), LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (shoulder), C Max Unger (knee, ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Demarcus Dobbs (knee), CB Jeremy Lane (glute)
PROBABLE: CB Marcus Burley (hamstring), G James Carpenter (ankle), WR Jermaine Kearse (ankle), RB Marshawn Lynch (back)

San Francisco
OUT: TE Derek Carrier (foot), T Anthony Davis (concussion), DT Glenn Dorsey (forearm)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Tramaine Brock (hamstring), WR Bruce Ellington (ankle), TE Vance McDonald (back)
PROBABLE: RB Frank Gore (knee), WR Brandon Lloyd (quadricep), RB Bruce Miller (shoulder), S Eric Reid (ankle), DE Justin Smith (back), S Raymond Ventrone (groin)

Weather Report
Chicago at Detroit: Game Indoors.
Philadelphia at Dallas: Game indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 56 degrees.
Seattle at San Francisco: Clear and 63 degrees.

Broadcast Information and Injury Report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best and USA Today, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel.

Black Friday sales. Overeating. Getting sick on your cousin Edna’s cranberry stuffing (that stuff’s so bad even the dog won’t touch it!). Football.

Yes. Football. Not soccer. FOOTBALL! The NFL and Thanksgiving. BFFs. The National Football League gives its football fans a feast for the eyes and a chance to yell at your favorite team and shove some food in your face at the same time and yes, Lions fans, you are center stage this year and Dallas will also get in on the act as well.

The powers that be will give its fans a chance to eat and watch football and even be able to do it at the same time. For those that don’t know, this is not the first time that there has been football on Turkey Day.

It all got started in 1920, when there were a grand total of six football games played on Turkey Day. We’re not sure who got the drumstick but the home fans feasted, taking four wins out of six. That’s not bad.

The idea of pro football on Thanksgiving Day was born out of need for recognition and cash. The National Football League was in its infancy in 1925 and in desperate need of a major gate attraction. The league’s wishes were granted on Thanksgiving Day as the Chicago Bears introduced their newest member – “The Galloping Ghost.”

According to NFL historians and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, just days after his collegiate career ended, a standing-room crowd of 36,000 – the largest in pro football history at the time – packed Wrigley Field to get a glimpse of Harold “Red” Grange in action. Although the Bears and cross-town rival Chicago Cardinals played to 0-0 tie, the NFL had its first bona fide star.

Grange played respectably in his professional debut as the crowd and the Cardinals, keyed on the famous player. In fact the crowd booed whenever the play was not directed toward Grange. Aside from gaining a black eye, Grange totaled 92 yards from scrimmage, added 56 yards on punt returns, threw six passes and had an interception to break up the Cardinals’ only real scoring threat of the day. Newspapers reported that he pulled in an astronomical $12,000 for his day’s work – much of which most likely found its way to his manager, C.C. “Cash and Carry” Pyle.

Over the next several months, Grange and his Chicago Bears traveled the country on a barnstorming tour. More than 400,000 spectators – from coast to coast – saw the fabled All-America from the University of Illinois display his athletic talents on the football field.

Using Grange as his star attraction, Pyle organized a rival league called the American Football League in 1926. Grange starred for the New York Yankees. While the Yankees had moderate success, the league failed. Grange rejoined the Bears in 1927 but suffered a serious knee injury that sidelined him through the entire 1928 season. He came back in 1929 and played with Chicago through 1934.

In actuality, Grange was a far better defensive back than a ball carrier on offense. More importantly for the NFL, the name recognition of Red Grange was instrumental in attracting large crowds for the professional game. His signing with the Bears helped the league succeed and grow to a new level in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

The Lions began playing on Turkey Day in 1934 when they played the Chicago Bears and lost to Da Bears by a final of 19-16. We’re still not sure who got the drumstick or if the Lions liked dark or white meat and we’re not even sure if the Bears liked gravy on their dressing. Detroit did find the win column the next year, as they would beat Chicago and gain some revenge, taking a 14-2 win. The Lions and Bears (sorry, no tigers… oh my!) would play Chicago three more times from 1936 to 1938, when that Hitler guy ruined the party and would eventually force America into the Second World War. While America was out saving the world from a madman that was bent on killing 6 million people because of their religion, Thanksgiving Day football went into hibernation, plus it’s kind of hard to throw a football when you’re trying to throw a grenade.

The war ended, Hilter’s dead (probably from eating Edna’s cooking!) and things did get back to normal in 1945 when the Lions once again took the stage, losing to the Cleveland Rams (yes, the Rams were in Cleveland before they loaded up the truck and moved to Los Angeles and then to St. Louis) by a 28-21 final. Things didn’t go well for Detroit for four more seasons (probably due to over-eating before, during and after the game) before beating up on the New York Yanks 49-14 in 1950.

Detroit with their game against Chicago will have played a grand total of 74 games on Thanksgiving Day and even when the team was bad, fans still come to the game. Why? Probably because their fathers brought their kids to the games and they in turn brought their kids. A whopping total of 4,169,016 have seen the Lions at home in the 74 games played, either at Tiger Stadium, the Pontiac SilverDome or Ford Field, averaging a little over 56 thousand a contest. Even when the team was bad, fans still came out and to watch their team. Some came before they sat down to eat and some leaving early to get home to eat.

While the Lions have been the home team on Thanksgiving, their opponents have changed from year to year. 26 teams have played the Lions and the most common opponent is Green Bay. The second most common opponent? Da Bears. They have faced the Monsters of the Midway 16 times and faces the Lions again in the early game.

There have been blowouts and there have been some really good games in the series. Have there been shutouts, you ask? Yes, just as sure as your aunt Grace is going to serve that orange and rum cheesecake for dessert. (Pack the Pepto, it’s gonna be a long day). Seven contests have been shutouts but the Lions only have won one contest where they did the deed, a 24-0 win over Chicago in 1979 and three games have gone into overtime (think of it as going for seconds of your sister’s mashed potatoes). The first overtime contest took place in 1980, when Chicago beat Detroit 23-17 on a 95-yard kickoff return by David Williams. The last overtime game in the series was last year against Houston, as the Texans would win it on a 32-yard field goal by kicker Shanyne Graham.

As for the Cowboys… Dallas didn’t make it onto the Thanksgiving Day Stage until 1966, when their first contest took place in the Cotton Bowl against the St. Louis Cardinals. They won that contest 46-21 in the Lone Star STate that day. The Cowboys have always played their games later in the afternoon. Think of it as dessert after you’ve cleaned your plate while being forced to sit at the kids’ table with your ugly cousin Terri (although she’s gotten a lot better looking lately). They started out winning their first six contests before finally losing to San Francisco in 1972. The only year America’s Team did not grace the nation’s TV screens was in 1975 but they came back the following year before skipping the 1977 season but returned the following year and they’ve been with us ever since… think of that really bad gravy your cousin Marge made three years ago. It’s that bad (we’re speaking of the gravy, not the football). The Cowboys have played 44 games on Thanksgiving, winning 30 of them with 14 losses.

Is this the end of football on Turkey Day? Far from it. In 2006, the NFL decided that if two games on Thanksgiving Day were good, then three must be great and that was the case when they when prime time for football fans. It’s like going back and making a turkey and ham sandwich with cranberry sauce as a snack.

2014 will give football fans three chances to watch as much football and shove as much food in their faces as they can do so (use your common sense when eating, no elbows on the table and watch out for your cousin Connie. She’s the one that turned 56, dates a 41-year old football coach and once wiped out your Super Bowl party last year by eating an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?” The girl’s a bottomless pit!).

The Lions and da Bears get things started at 12:30 p.m. at Ford Field on CBS. Think of that game as the appetizer (or as a friend of mine calls it “grazing food” while you’re waiting for the main course). Then at 4:30 on FOX, it’s an NFC East battle as the Eagles take on Dallas in the Lone Star State (it’s sort of like going back for seconds). Then, it’s “What’s your Deal? Part 3” as the defending Super Bowl Champs travel down I-5 to take on San Francisco on NBC at 8:30 p.m.

Food and football. The NFL and Thanksgiving. The only other holiday that joins food and football? Super Bowl Sunday (which technically is not a holiday but some think it should be). It seems that the powers that run the National Football League knows what they’re doing. Be sure you say grace before you eat, especially if your aunt Grace is cooking (no wonder your uncle Barry left her and joined the Marines!). The food may (or may not) be the greatest but let’s hope the football serves up some winners.

Here’s a history of football on Thanksgiving (source: the National Football League)

November 25, 1920
AKRON PROS 7, Canton Bulldogs 0
Decatur Staleys 6, CHICAGO TIGERS 0
ELYRIA (OH) ATHLETICS* 0, Columbus Panhandles 0
DAYTON TRIANGLES 28, Detroit Heralds 0
CHICAGO BOOSTERS* 27, Hammond Pros 0
All-Tonawanda (New York) 14, ROCHESTER JEFFERSONS 3

November 24, 1921
Canton Bulldogs 14, AKRON PROS 0
Buffalo All-Americans 7, CHICAGO STALEYS 6

November 30, 1922
Buffalo All-Americans 21, ROCHESTER JEFFERSONS 0
CHICAGO CARDINALS 6, Chicago Bears 0
RACINE LEGION 3, Milwaukee Badgers 0
Oorang Indians 18, COLUMBUS PANHANDLES 6
CANTON BULLDOGS 14, Akron Pros 0

November 29, 1923
CANTON BULLDOGS 28, Toledo Maroons 0
CHICAGO BEARS 3, Chicago Cardinals 0
GREEN BAY PACKERS 19, Hammond Pros 0
Milwaukee Badgers 16, RACINE LEGION 0
AKRON PROS 2, Buffalo All-Americans 0

November 27, 1924
AKRON PROS 22, Buffalo Bisons 0
Chicago Bears 21, CHICAGO CARDINALS 0
FRANKFORD YELLOWJACKETS 32, Dayton Triangles 7
CLEVELAND BULLDOGS 53, Milwaukee Badgers 10 at Canton, Ohio
Green Bay Packers 17, KANSAS CITY BLUES 6

November 26, 1925
CHICAGO BEARS 0, Chicago Cardinals 0
Kansas City Cowboys 17, CLEVELAND BULLDOGS 0 at Hartford, Connecticut
Rock Island Independents 6, DETROIT PANTHERS 3
POTTSVILLE MAROONS 31, Green Bay Packers 0

November 25, 1926
New York Giants 17, BROOKLYN LIONS 0
Los Angeles Buccaneers 9, DETROIT PANTHERS 6
CHICAGO BEARS 0, Chicago Cardinals 0
FRANKFORD YELLOWJACKETS 20, Green Bay Packers 14
POTTSVILLE MAROONS 8, Providence Steam Roller 0
CANTON BULLDOGS 0, Akron Pros 0

November 24, 1927
Chicago Cardinals 3, CHICAGO BEARS 0
POTTSVILLE MAROONS 6, Providence Steam Roller 0
Green Bay Packers 17, FRANKFORD YELLOWJACKETS 9
Cleveland Bulldogs 30, NEW YORK YANKEES 19

November 29, 1928
Providence Steam Roller 7, POTTSVILLE MAROONS 0
DETROIT WOLVERINES 33, Dayton Triangles 0
FRANKFORD YELLOWJACKETS 2, Green Bay Packers 0
CHICAGO BEARS 34, Chicago Cardinals 0

November 28, 1929
New York Giants 21, STATEN ISLAND STAPLETONS 7
FRANKFORD YELLOWJACKETS 0, Green Bay Packers 0
Chicago Cardinals 40, CHICAGO BEARS 6

November 27, 1930
STATEN ISLAND STAPLETONS 7, New York Giants 6
BROOKLYN DODGERS 33, Providence Steam Roller 12
Green Bay Packers 25, FRANKFORD YELLOWJACKETS 7
CHICAGO BEARS 6, Chicago Cardinals 0

November 26, 1931
Green Bay Packers 38, PROVIDENCE STEAM ROLLER 7
STATEN ISLAND STAPLETONS 9, New York Giants 6
CHICAGO BEARS 18, Chicago Cardinals 7

November 24, 1932
CHICAGO BEARS 34, Chicago Cardinals 0
Green Bay Packers 7, BROOKLYN DODGERS 0
STATEN ISLAND STAPLETONS 13, New York Giants 13

November 30, 1933
Chicago Bears 22, CHICAGO CARDINALS 6
New York Giants 10, BROOKLYN DODGERS 0

November 29, 1934
CHICAGO CARDINALS 6, Green Bay Packers 0
Chicago Bears 19, DETROIT LIONS 16
New York Giants 27, BROOKLYN DODGERS 0

November 28, 1935
New York Giants 21, BROOKLYN DODGERS 0
CHICAGO CARDINALS 9, Green Bay Packers 7
DETROIT LIONS 14, Chicago Bears 2

November 26, 1936
DETROIT LIONS 13, Chicago Bears 7
New York Giants 14, BROOKLYN DODGERS 0

November 25, 1937
Chicago Bears 13, DETROIT LIONS 0
BROOKLYN DODGERS 13, New York Giants 13

November 24, 1938
DETROIT LIONS 14, Chicago Bears 7
BROOKLYN DODGERS 7, New York Giants 7

November 23, 1939
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 17, Pittsburgh Steelers 14#

November 28, 1940
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 7, Pittsburgh Steelers 0#

November 22, 1945
Cleveland Rams 28, DETROIT LIONS 21

November 28, 1946
Boston Yanks 34, DETROIT LIONS 10

November 27, 1947
Chicago Bears 34, DETROIT LIONS 14

November 25, 1948
Chicago Cardinals 28, DETROIT LIONS 14

November 24, 1949
Chicago Bears 28, DETROIT LIONS 7

November 23, 1950
DETROIT LIONS 49, New York Yanks 14
Pittsburgh Steelers 28, CHICAGO CARDINALS 17

November 22, 1951
DETROIT LIONS 52, Green Bay Packers 35

November 27, 1952
DETROIT LIONS 48, Green Bay Packers 24
DALLAS TEXANS 27, Chicago Bears 23 at Akron, Ohio

November 26, 1953
DETROIT LIONS 34, Green Bay Packers 15

November 25, 1954
DETROIT LIONS 28, Green Bay Packers 24

November 24, 1955
DETROIT LIONS 24, Green Bay Packers 10

November 22, 1956
Green Bay Packers 24, DETROIT LIONS 20

November 28, 1957
DETROIT LIONS 18, Green Bay Packers 6

November 27, 1958
DETROIT LIONS 24, Green Bay Packers 14

November 26, 1959
Green Bay Packers 24, DETROIT LIONS 17

November 24, 1960
DETROIT LIONS 23, Green Bay Packers 10
(AFL) – NEW YORK TITANS 41, Dallas Texans 35

November 23, 1961
Green Bay Packers 17, DETROIT LIONS 9
(AFL) – NEW YORK TITANS 21, Buffalo Bills 14

November 22, 1962
DETROIT LIONS 26, Green Bay Packers 14
(AFL) – New York Titans 46, DENVER BRONCOS 45

November 28, 1963
DETROIT LIONS 13, Green Bay Packers 13
(AFL) – Oakland Raiders 26, DENVER BRONCOS 10

November 26, 1964
Chicago Bears 27, DETROIT LIONS 24
(AFL) – Buffalo Bills 27, SAN DIEGO CHARGERS 24

November 25, 1965
DETROIT LIONS 24, Baltimore Colts 24
(AFL) – SAN DIEGO CHARGERS 20, Buffalo Bills 20

November 24, 1966
San Francisco 49ers 41, DETROIT LIONS 14
DALLAS COWBOYS 26, Cleveland Browns 14
(AFL) – Buffalo Bills 31, OAKLAND RAIDERS 10

November 23, 1967
Los Angeles Rams 31, DETROIT LIONS 7
DALLAS COWBOYS 46, St. Louis Cardinals 21
(AFL) – Oakland Raiders 44, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 22
(AFL) – SAN DIEGO CHARGERS 24, Denver Broncos 20

November 28, 1968
Philadelphia Eagles 12, DETROIT LIONS 0
DALLAS COWBOYS 29, Washington Redskins 20
(AFL) – OAKLAND RAIDERS 13, Buffalo Bills 10
(AFL) – KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 24, Houston Oilers 10

November 27, 1969
Minnesota Vikings 27, DETROIT LIONS 0
DALLAS COWBOYS 24, San Francisco 49ers 24
(AFL) – KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 31, Denver Broncos 17
(AFL) – San Diego Chargers 21, HOUSTON OILERS 17

November 26, 1970
DETROIT LIONS 28, Oakland Raiders 14
DALLAS COWBOYS 16, Green Bay Packers 3

November 25, 1971
DETROIT LIONS 32, Kansas City Chiefs 21
DALLAS COWBOYS 28, Los Angeles Rams 21

November 23, 1972
DETROIT LIONS 37, New York Jets 20
San Francisco 49ers 31, DALLAS COWBOYS 10

November 22, 1973
Washington Redskins 20, DETROIT LIONS 0
Miami Dolphins 14, DALLAS COWBOYS 7

November 28, 1974
Denver Broncos 31, DETROIT LIONS 27
DALLAS COWBOYS 24, Washington Redskins 23

November 27, 1975
Los Angeles Rams 20, DETROIT LIONS 0
Buffalo Bills 32, ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 14

November 25, 1976
DETROIT LIONS 27, Buffalo Bills 14
DALLAS COWBOYS 19, St. Louis Cardinals 14

November 24, 1977
Chicago Bears 31, DETROIT LIONS 14
Miami Dolphins 55, ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 14

November 23, 1978
DETROIT LIONS 17, Denver Broncos 14
DALLAS COWBOYS 37, Washington Redskins 10

November 22, 1979
DETROIT LIONS 20, Chicago Bears 0
Houston Oilers 30, DALLAS COWBOYS 24

November 27, 1980
Chicago Bears 23, DETROIT LIONS 17 (OT)
DALLAS COWBOYS 51, Seattle Seahawks 7

November 26, 1981
DETROIT LIONS 27, Kansas City Chiefs 10
DALLAS COWBOYS 10, Chicago Bears 9

November 25, 1982
New York Giants 13, DETROIT LIONS 6
DALLAS COWBOYS 31, Cleveland Browns 14

November 24, 1983
DETROIT LIONS 45, Pittsburgh Steelers 3
DALLAS COWBOYS 35, St. Louis Cardinals 17

November 22, 1984
DETROIT LIONS 31, Green Bay Packers 28
DALLAS COWBOYS 20, New England Patriots 17

November 28, 1985
DETROIT LIONS 31, New York Jets 20
DALLAS COWBOYS 35, St. Louis Cardinals 17

November 27, 1986
Green Bay Packers 44, DETROIT LIONS 40
Seattle Seahawks 31, DALLAS COWBOYS 14

November 26, 1987
Kansas City Chiefs 27, DETROIT LIONS 20
Minnesota Vikings 44, DALLAS COWBOYS 38 (OT)

November 24, 1988
Minnesota Vikings 23, DETROIT LIONS 0
Houston Oilers 25, DALLAS 17

November 23, 1989
DETROIT 13, Cleveland 10
Philadelphia 27, DALLAS 0

November 22, 1990
DETROIT 40, Denver 27
DALLAS 27, Washington 17

November 28, 1991
DETROIT 16, Chicago 6
DALLAS 20, Pittsburgh  10

November 26, 1992
Houston Oilers 24, DETROIT 21
DALLAS COWBOYS 30, New York Giants 3

November 25, 1993
Chicago Bears 10, DETROIT LIONS 6
Miami Dolphins 16, DALLAS COWBOYS 14

Nov. 24, 1994
DETROIT LIONS 35, Buffalo Bills 21
DALLAS COWBOYS 42, Green Bay Packers 31

November 23, 1995
DETROIT 44, Minnesota38
DALLAS 24, Kansas City 12

Nov. 28, 1996
Kansas City Chiefs 28, DETROIT LIONS 24
DALLAS COWBOYS 21, Washington Redskins 10

Nov. 27, 1997
DETROIT LIONS 55, Chicago Bears 20
Tennessee Titans 27, DALLAS COWBOYS 14

November 26, 1998
DETROIT LIONS 19, Pittsburgh 16 (OT)
Minnesota Vikings 46, DALLAS COWBOYS 36

November 25, 1999
DETROIT LIONS 21, Chicago Bears 17
DALLAS COWBOYS 20, Miami Dolphins 0

November 23, 2000
DETROIT LIONS 34, New England Patriots 9
Minnesota Vikings 27, DALLAS COWBOYS 15

November 22, 2001
Green Bay Packers 29, DETROIT LIONS 27
Denver Broncos 26, DALLAS COWBOYS 24

November 28, 2002
New England Patriots 20, DETROIT LIONS 12
DALLAS COWBOYS 27, Washington Redskins 20

November 27, 2003
DETROIT LIONS 22, Green Bay Packers 14
Miami Dolphins 40, DALLAS COWBOYS 21

November 25, 2004
Indianapolis Colts 41, DETROIT LIONS 9
DALLAS COWBOYS 21, Chicago Bears 7

November 24, 2005
Atlanta 27, DETROIT 7
Denver 24, DALLAS 21 (OT)

November 23, 2006
Miami Dolphins 27, DETROIT LIONS 10
DALLAS COWBOYS 38, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 19, Denver Broncos 10

November 22, 2007
Green Bay Packers 37, DETROIT LIONS 26
DALLAS COWBOYS 34, New York Jets 3
Indianapolis Colts 31, ATLANTA FALCONS 13

November 27, 2008
Tennessee Titans 47, DETROIT LIONS 10
DALLAS COWBOYS 34, Seattle Seahawks 9
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 48, Arizona Cardinals 20

November 26, 2009
Green Bay 34, DETROIT 12
DALLAS 24, Oakland 7
DENVER 26, New York Giants 6

November 25, 2010
New England 45, DETROIT 24
New Orleans 30, DALLAS 27
NEW YORK JETS 26, Cincinnati 10

November 24, 2011
Green Bay 27, DETROIT 15
DALLAS 20, Miami 19
BALTIMORE 16, San Francisco 6

November 22, 2012
Houston 34, DETROIT 31 (OT)
Washington 38, DALLAS 31
New England 49, NEW YORK JETS 19

November 28, 2013
DETROIT 40, Green Bay 10
DALLAS 31, Oakland 24
BALTIMORE 22, Pittsburgh 20

November 27, 2014
Chicago at Detroit, 12:30 p.m. (CBS)
Philadelphia at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. (FOX)
Seattle at San Francisco, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)

* Non league team. Games between league teams and non league teams counted in standings in 1920.
# In 1939 and 1940, President Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving one week earlier. Various states celebrated on the date declared by the President, while other states recognized the traditional fourth Thursday of the month. In 1941, Thanksgiving was sanctioned by Congress to be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, which it has been ever since.