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ATLANTA (10-6) at Philadelphia (13-3), 8:20 p.m. Thursday on NBC. The hunter becomes the hunted, as the saying says. The champions now are the target. A pair of NFC rivals meet in the City of Brotherly Love as the Atlanta Falcons take on the defending Super Bowl champs at Lincoln Financial Field.

Philadelphia and Atlanta have the honors of being the opening act for the 2018 NFL season and all eyes will be on these two teams. They’ll have the stage all to themselves. They met last year as both teams were marching toward a date with the Lombardi Trophy, a march that allowed the Eagles to advance and give their fan base their first Super Bowl in the team’s history.

The Eagles are celebrating their 41-34 win over Tom Brady and New England in Super Bowl 52, giving the Eagles their first Lombardi Trophy. Trailing 22-12 at the intermission at US Bank Stadium last February, the Patriots would take their only lead of the contest at 33-32 with 9:22 left in regulation when TE Rob Gronkowski and Brady hooked up on a 4-yard TD pass. The Eagles would then take back control and scored the final 10 points of the contest. Philly outrushed New England 164-113, with Brady throwing for 505 yards and three TDs, while Zack Ertz threw for 373 yards and three TDs and caught a TD pass early in the contest. New England went 5 of 10 on third down tries in the contest (the Pats were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 25:56, while the Eagles ruled the clock and held the ball for 34:04, while going 10 of 16 and 2 of 2 on third and fourth down tries.

In regular season action, the Eagles lead the series 16-13-1 and have outscored the Falcons 652-562. Their last regular season meeting was in the City of Brotherly Love in 2016, with the Eagles prevailing 24-15. As for Atlanta’s last win in the series, that came in the Big Peach in 2015, with the Falcons surviving 26-24 at the old Georgia Dome.

Their last meeting? In Philadelphia in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field. Atlanta took a 10-9 lead at the intermission, only to see the Eagles kick a pair of Josh Elliot field goals in the final 30 minutes of play to come away 15-10 winners. Philly outrushed Atlanta 96-86 (Atlanta’s Tevin Coleman led all rushers with 79 yards), while Nick Foles threw for 246 yards (Atlanta’s Matt Ryan threw for 210 yards with a TD pass to Devonta Freeman) in the contest. Philly’s defense would hold off a late Falcons rally in the final minutes of play as Ryan’s pass to WR Julio Jones fell short of its intended mark. Atlanta on third down conversions went 4 of 13 (the Falcons were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:54, while the Eagles ruled the clock, holding the pigskin for 32:06, going 6 of 13 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

In the 2016 contest at Lincoln Financial Field in week 10, Atlanta trailed 7-6 at the intermission and pulled to within a point at 10-9 when Falcons K Matt Bryant connected on a 46-yard field late in the third quarter. After Eagles K Chris Sturgis put his team back up by 4 early in the fourth, the Falcons would take their only lead of the contest when Matt Ryan and WR Terrell Gabriel connected on a 75-yard TD toss to lead 15-13. Philly would then restore order in the contest, scoring the final 10 points of the game unchallenged, with RB Robert Matthews scoring from 5 yards out (he also had a 2-point try as well) and Sturgis booting a 48-yard field goal to seal Atlanta’s fate.

Matthews rushed for 109 yards and a pair of TDs as the Eagles rushed for 208 yards, holding Atlanta to 48 yards on the ground, while Carson Wentz threw for 231 yards in the win (Ryan threw for 267 yards and a TD but was sacked twice and picked off once). Third down conversions in the contest were not something that kept the fan bases of both teams happy (Atlanta was 2 of 11, Philadelphia was 5 of 14; the Eagles were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and the Eagles ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 38:10 to Atlanta’s 21:50.

In the playoff meeting, Atlanta was favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under was 41 1/2. The Eagles covered the 2 1/2 with the 5-point win but the over/under was untouched as both clubs merged for 25 points. In the week 10 contest in 2016, the Eagles easily covered the 1-point spread but both clubs missed the 50 over/under, scoring 39 points. Vegas likes the Eagles as a 1 point favorite and the over/under’s 45. The opener for the 2018 season could very well be a preview for the NFC Championship game. Philadelphia may celebrate but Atlanta prevails in the opener in the City of Brotherly Love, covering the 1.

Broadcast Information: 8:20 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, Ross Tucker; SIRIUS: 81 (Atlanta), 83 (Philadelphia); XM: 226 (Atlanta), 225 (Philadelphia)

Referee: John Hussey

Injury Report

Atlanta – Atlanta reports no injuries

Philadelphia – Philadelphia reports no injuries

Weather: Overcast with a 70 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms and 84 degrees.

Broadcast information and injury report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, 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!). Parades. Christmas cookies. Football.

Yes. 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, even though your team is having less than a stellar season in 2015, 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 or who liked dark meat or white meat 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,” Harold (Red) Grange.”

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 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 but 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, which is so bad even the Japanese surrendered!) 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 Philadelphia 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 4,169,016 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. 27 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.

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 and wear really loose clothing, 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 (yes, kids the Cardinals were in Chicago first, then St. Louis before they moved to Arizona). 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 the nose job she got last summer has made her a bit more attractive). 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 four years ago. It’s that bad (although her cooking has gotten a little better, 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.

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!).

As usual, Detroit gets things going at 12:30 p.m. on FOX when they host the Philadelphia Eagles. Then Cam Newton and the undefeated Carolina Panthers travel to Arlington for a 4:30 p.m. contest with Dez Bryant, Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys on CBS and for the nightcap (or the snack, if you prefer), it’s Green Bay honoring Brett Farve by retiring his number 4 and facing Da Bears at 8:30 p.m. on NBC.

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 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 Oilers 24, DETROIT 21
DALLAS 30, New York Giants 3

November 25, 1993
Chicago Bears 10, DETROIT 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 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 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 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
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)

* 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.

Pittsburgh (11-5) at New England (12-4), 8:30 p.m. NBC. For now, Deflategate is over. Fans in Foxboro can exhale. Their leader will suit up and be allowed to play. Tom Brady is back. The Lombardi is back in New England.

For the Patriots, it’s the hunter now becoming the hunted again.

Thursday’s matchup features two of the NFL’s three winningest teams over past 10 seasons (2005-14). New England (122-38, .763) has the best regular-season winning percentage during that span, while Pittsburgh ranks third (101-59, .631). The Patriots and Steelers combined for 15 playoff berths, six AFC Championship wins and three Super Bowl titles over the past decade. It’s football in prime time as the Steelers travel to Foxboro to face the Pats.

The Patriots have a 15-1 regular-season record at Gillette Stadium over the past two seasons. New England quarterback Tom Brady has an 11-2 career record (.846) in season openers, the highest winning percentage among Super Bowl-era quarterbacks (minimum 10 starts).

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is 13-7 (.650)on Kickoff Weekend and his 13 wins are the most among active head coaches. Belichick is one of only three active head coaches who have won at least 10 Kickoff Weekend games and own an opening weekend winning percentage above .500.

“We have to move on pretty quickly to get to Pittsburgh,” Belichick told the Boston Globe and the Christian Scientist Monitor. “We feel like we have improved over the course of the preseason but we will find out for sure during Kickoff Weekend.”

Entering his 21st season as an NFL head coach, Belichick has amassed 233 wins, the fourth-most total victories by a head coach in league history.

The head coaches with the most total wins in NFL history:

HEAD COACH – TEAM(S) (WINS-LOSSES-TIES)
Don Shula – Baltimore Colts, Miami Dolphins (347-173-6)
George Halas – Chicago Bears (324-151-31)
Tom Landry – Dallas Cowboys (270-178-6)
Bill Belichick – Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots (233-118-0)*
Curly Lambeau  Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cardinals, Washington Redskins (229-134-22)
*Active

The 2014 AFC North champion Steelers travel to New England with the most wins (41) among AFC teams on Kickoff Weekend while the Patriots rank fifth in the AFC with 30.

“We are excited about the quick transition and for our opener on Thursday night,” Pittsburghhead coach Mike Tomlin told KDKA-TV. “We are ready to play ball Thursday night and to get this season going.”

Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown enters 2015after leading the league with 129 receptions last year, the second-most in a season in NFL history. It marked the first time a Steeler has led the league in receptions in a season.

Brown, who ranked second in the league in 2013 with 110 catches, is one of four players in NFL history with back-to-back 110-catch seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Jerry Rice (1994-95) and Cris Carter (1994-95) and Wes Welker (2007-09, 2011-12).

The four players in NFL history with consecutive 110-reception seasons:
PLAYER (CONSECUTIVE 110-CATCH SEASONS)
Wes Welker (2007-09, 2011-12)
Jerry Rice (1994-95)
Cris Carter (1994-95)
Antonio Brown (2013-14)*
*Active streak

A rundown of the NFL primetime kickoff games since 2002:
DATE – SITE / RESULT (HOME TEAM IN CAPS)
September 5, 2002 – Giants Stadium / San Francisco 16, NEW YORK GIANTS 13
September 4, 2003 – FedExField / WASHINGTON 16, New York Jets 13
September 9, 2004 – Gillette Stadium/ NEW ENGLAND 27, Indianapolis 24
September 8, 2005 – Gillette Stadium / NEW ENGLAND 30, Oakland 20
September 7, 2006 – Heinz Field / PITTSBURGH 28, Miami 17
September 6, 2007 – RCA Dome / INDIANAPOLIS 41, New Orleans 10
September 4, 2008 – Giants Stadium / NEW YORK GIANTS 16, Washington 7
September 10, 2009 – Heinz Field / PITTSBURGH 13, Tennessee 10 (OT)
September 9, 2010 – Louisiana Superdome / NEW ORLEANS 14, Minnesota 9
September 8, 2011 – Lambeau Field / GREEN BAY 42, New Orleans 34
September 5, 2012 – MetLife Stadium / Dallas 24, NEW YORK GIANTS 17
September 5, 2013 – Sports Authority Field at Mile High / DENVER 49, Baltimore 27
September 4, 2014 – CenturyLink Field / SEATTLE 36, Green Bay 16

As far as Thursdays are concerned? Pittsburgh is 10-14 on Thursday night, while the Pats are 8-5.

When we last saw the Patriots, they had just stopped Seattle short of the goal line in Glendale, Arizona to win Super Bowl 49. During the offseason (for those that had been living in caves), there was some question as to the quality of footballs that Brady had used during the championship game with the Indianapolis Colts. The Pats won the contest but the Colts lodged a protest about it and accusations went back and forth, as if one was watching a bad episode of “Jerry Springer.” It was later found that some footballs were tampered with and that tampering was done by a couple of New England equipment workers. Later, the Pats were found guilty of tampering with the footballs and were eventually fined and lost a couple of draft picks in 2016. Brady drew the ire of the NFL and was given a four-game suspension and fined.

Was that the end?

Not by a long shot.

The feuding went back and forth and eventually Brady escaped the wrath of the NFL last Thursday when a judge ruled that he was not given due process. This made Pats fans happy… no, make that giddy with joy. Their favorite son would not have to sit in time out while the rest of the class got recess.

So with that, it’s time to start another season. Brady vs. Ben Roethlisberger. It doesn’t get any better than this for a season opener, especially when the hardware (Super Bowl rings) will be passed out.

Thursday’s contest starts the 2015 NFL season. It’s also the 50th anniversary of the Lombardi Trophy and there’s gold on that there football field as well as some gold in all 32 teams uniforms.

Foxboro on Thursday night with the defending Super Bowl champions getting their rings. Hollywood could not have written a better script.

Meanwhile, the Steelers were on the short end of a 30-17 loss to Baltimore in the AFC Wild Card game that saw their season come to an end at home at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh trailed 10-9 at the half before the Ravens, who would lose to New England the following weekend, pulled away to take the win. Roethlisberger was sacked five times and picked off twice, even though he did outpass Joe Flacco 334-259. The rushing game in that contest was nothing to write home about, although the Steelers outrushed the Ravens 68-49. Pittsburgh was 5 of 16 and 2 of 3 on third and fourth down tries and kept the ball for 35:17, while the Ravens were 4 of 11 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down tries) and nested the ball for 24:43.

As for the Pats…

They found themselves tied with Seattle at the half in Super Bowl 49 and trailed the Seahawks 24-14 after 45 minutes of play before they scored 14 points in the fourth quarter unchallenged to win their fourth Lombardi 28-24 and deny the Seahawks their second title. New England was outrushed by Seattle 162-57 (Marshawn Lynch led all rushers with 102 yards) but Brady outpaced Russell Wilson in passing 328-247 (Brady had four TDs and a pair of interceptions in the contest). The key play in the contest came late in the game as Seattle was marching toward a score before Wilson was picked off by Malcom Butler to seal the win. New England was 8 of 14 on third down to Seattle’s 3 of 10 and held the ball for 33:46, while the Seahawks kept it for 26:14.

The Steelers lead the series with the defending Super Bowl champions 14-9 and have outscored the Pats 543-492. The two teams have not met since 2013, when New England came away with a 55-31 win in Foxboro. In that week 9 matchup at Gillete Stadium, the Pats took a 24-10 lead with them to the lockroom and held off Pittsburgh in the second half by outscoring them 31-21. Roethlisberger was outpaced by Brady in passing 432-404, with both men throwing four TD passes (Roethlisberger was sacked five times and picked off twice). On third down tries, New England was 7-12 on third down (0-1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:48, while Pittsburgh won the ball-control battle, keeping the pigskin for 31:12, while going 5-13 and 1-3 on third and fourth down.

The defending Super Bowl champs at home in Foxboro are favored by 7 with the over/under coming at 52. It’s possible that the over/under could be reached by halftime. The 7? Sounds a bit low, considering that it’s Pittsburgh and New England. We’re taking the Pats in this one but it’ll be closer than the 7.

BROADCAST INFORMATION: NBC at 8:30 p.m. Eastern with Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, Ross Tucker (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (Pittsburgh), 93 (New England). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 225 (Pittsburgh), 226 (New England).

Pittsburgh-New England Injury Report

Pittsburgh
OUT: QB Landry Jones (concussion)

New England
OUT: C Bryan Stork (concussion)

QUESTIONABLE: RB Travaris Cadet (hamstring), DE Trey Flowers (knee), S Tavon Wilson (quadricep)

Weather Outlook: Cloudy with a 90 percent chance of rain and possible thunderstorms and a high of 62 degrees.

(Broadcast information and injury report courtesy the National Football League; odds courtesy Don Best; Weather information courtesy The Weather Channel)

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

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.