Thanksgiving Football 2019


It’s Thanksgiving already? This means that 2019 is almost over. But before the ball drops in Time Square, we have a couple of holidays to get through.

This Thursday is a day for family, food and traditions. The day usually begins with the family gathering inside to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, watching Hello Kitty and Spongebob go through the streets of New York. After that is when the rest of the family arrives, including your weird Uncle Barry. Then, everyone goes into the dining room to sit down and begin the marathon of eating. But before Uncle Barry passes you the bowl of gravy, there’s one more thing that the day gives us: football. 

For my family, football is a big part of the day. Well, for me it is. For people who play fantasy football, this is the best time of the year. It’s when teams begin clinching their fantasy playoffs. This Thursday is a huge day for the teams who play as well. Every year, the NFL features three games throughout the day. And best of all, it all begins at 12:30! Let’s take a look at the six teams that will play on Turkey Day, including Uncle Barry’s favorite team the Dallas Cowboys. 


Bears (5-6) @ Lions (3-7-1) 12:30 p.m. EST (FOX) 

The Lions have mainstaged the day every year starting all the way back in 1934. This matchup will be the 18th time the Bears and Lions come together on Thanksgiving day. But even with all the history and publicity, the teams will have to stay focused on playing the game. The Bears have a disappointing season up to this point, and this is a must win if they want to be in serious playoff contention. For the Lions, they are coming in with a losing record of 3-7-1. Lions quarterback is likely to sit this matchup out due to a back injury, which means backup Jeff Driscoll will continue to lead the offense. This should be a good matchup to start the day off with.

My Prediction : Bears 17 – Lions 13


Bills (8-3) @ Cowboys (6-5) 3:30 p.m. EST (CBS)

“America’s Team” will spotlight the middle of the day against the Bills in Dallas. This will be the 11th time these two teams will play each other. The Cowboys will play in their 52nd Thanksgiving game since 1966. Dallas is in a must win situation to prove they are a legitimate playoff team. They have not been able to put together wins against contending teams, and have lost games they should have won. For Buffalo, this is a true test. They have had an easy schedule up to this point. These two teams have something to prove, so this should be a very good game to watch while eating the turkey. This 3:30 game is the one most people watch, and the spotlight should make this game even better to watch. 

My Prediction : Bills 24 – Cowboys 23 


Falcons @ Saints 8:30 p.m. EST (NBC) 

These two franchises have played on Thanksgiving day a combined 5 times. This will be the third time the Saints play and the fourth time the Falcons play. The Saints are once again running away with the NFC South title. This is a revenge game for them after being embarrassed to the Falcons a couple weeks ago. Atlanta is playing to spoil the party in New Orleans, but will have to deal with the noise and volume in the Superdome. With guys like Drew Brees and Alvin Kamara leading the way for New Orleans, the home field advantage should give the Saints the edge in this one. This underrated rivalry should be a good one to cap off the day and bring some energy to those who will be leaving to go shopping. 

My Prediction : Falcons 28 – Saints 30