It’s Turkey Day and that means one thing: Football.
The NFL’s annual holiday tradition continues as three games are on the slate for Thanksgiving Day this year. As always, the Lions and Cowboys will play on the fourth Thursday in November as they host the Bears and Bills respectively. Then the Falcons host the Saints in the nightcap to finish off the day.
Detroit began playing games on Thanksgiving in 1934, and Dallas began in 1966. In 2006, the league added a third primetime game that features different teams every year giving fans and players a chance to experience the NFL’s Turkey-Day tradition.
The headliner of the day should be Bills-Cowboys as it’s the only game to feature two teams with winning records. Buffalo (8-3) has quietly flown under the radar this season and is poised to make the playoffs for the second time in three seasons as it’ll try and pick up a marquee win against Dallas (6-5). Meanwhile, the Bears (5-6) look to get back to .500 when they face the Lions (3-7-1).
New Orleans (9-2) travels to Atlanta (3-8) as it tries to clinch its third straight season with 10 or more wins.
Thanksgiving football schedule 2019
Here’s the full NFL schedule for Thanksgiving 2019, plus final scores and how to watch every game live.
|Bears (5-6) at Lions (3-7-1)||12:30 p.m. ET||Fox, fuboTV|
|Bills (8-3) at Cowboys (6-5)||3:30 p.m. ET||CBS, fuboTV|
|Saints (9-2) at Falcons (3-8)||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC, fuboTV|
How to watch, live stream NFL Thanksgiving games
Here’s how to catch every game on Thanksgiving Day.
Bears vs. Lions
For the 86th straight year, the Lions will play on Thanksgiving day.
While Detroit got off to a solid 2-0-1 start, the team’s gone off the rails in recent months losing seven of its last eight games. Not to mention quarterback Matthew Stafford hasn’t played since Week 9 due to an injured back and hip and isn’t expected back anytime soon.
On the other side of the field, the Bears look to be hitting their stride. After dropping four straight earlier this season, Chicago’s won two of its last three and looks to make it three of its last four on Thanksgiving.
Detroit’s all-time record on Thanksgiving is 37-40-2.
Bills vs. Cowboys
Dallas makes its 52nd appearance on Thanksgiving day as it plays host to the upstart Bills.
Following a 3-0 start, many pegged the Cowboys as Super Bowl contenders. But a 3-5 record since has many doubting America’s Team, and in particular, coach Jason Garrett. Despite its subpar play, Dallas is still in the driver’s seat in the NFC East and with a favorable schedule the rest of the way. However, the Cowboys need to deal with an under-the-radar Bills team.
Buffalo’s yet to beat anyone of note, but that shouldn’t devalue what it’s done this season. Quarterback Josh Allen’s playing the best football of his career right now as he’s thrown 10 touchdowns and just one interception in his last six games. A win on Thursday would help validate Buffalo in the eyes of both experts and fans alike, but things don’t get any easier as the Bills still have to face Baltimore and New England over the waning weeks of the season.
The Cowboys are 31-19-1 all time on Thanksgiving.
Saints vs. Falcons
- Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET
- TV (national): NBC
- TV (Atlanta): WXIA-TV
- TV (New Orleans): WSDU
- Live stream: fuboTV (7-day free trial)
For the second straight year, the Falcons and Saints meet on Thanksgiving night.
Last season, the two teams met in New Orleans where the Saints sent the Falcons packing after a 31-17 victory. Atlanta not only seeks revenge this season, but looks to sweep the season series with New Orleans and hurt the Saints’ chances at a top seed in the NFC playoff picture as well.
The two teams met earlier this season on Nov. 10 where the Falcons trounced the saints 26-9 in Drew Brees’ first game since he injured his thumb in Week 2. Despite their paltry record, the Falcons have played better in recent weeks winning two of their last three.
However, a lot more is at stake for New Orleans as it can clinch the NFC South for the third straight season with a win Thursday.
NFL scores Thanksgiving 2019
|Bears at Lions|
|Bills at Cowboys|
|Saints at Falcons|