- Detroit Lions
- Dallas Cowboys
- Green Bay Packers
- Miami Dolphins
- New York Jets
- Philadelphia Eagles
- San Francisco 49ers
It’s that time of year again! Time to start thinking about who’s playing NFL football on Thanksgiving Day. We’ll take a look at the schedule and give you our predictions for who will come out on top.
The Detroit Lions have a long-standing Thanksgiving Day tradition. They have been playing on Thanksgiving ever since 1934, when they hosted the first-ever NFL Thanksgiving Day game. This year, they will be playing against the Green Bay Packers. Here’s everything you need to know about the game.
History of the Lions on Thanksgiving
The Detroit Lions have played on Thanksgiving Day more times than any other team in the NFL. They have done so every year since 1934, with the exception of 1939-1944 (due to World War II) and again in 1945. The Lions have hosted a Thanksgiving game every year since 1959, with the exception of 1963.
The Lions’ turkey day tradition began in 1934, when they were granted an annual home game on the holiday by then-owner George A. Rickey. The team has played at Ford Field since 2002, but prior to that, they called the Pontiac Silverdome home from 1975-2001. The Lions have also played at Tiger Stadium/Briggs Stadium/Ford Field (1934-1974) and at Hampden Park (1945).
Over the years, the Lions have had some great players suit up for them on Thanksgiving Day. Some of the most notable include: QB Matthew Stafford, WR Calvin Johnson, RB Barry Sanders, DE Ezekiel Ansah and LB DeAndre Levy.
The Lions have had mixed results on Thanksgiving Day over the years. They currently hold a 61-38-2 record on the holiday, but they have lost eight of their last 10 games on Turkey Day. Their most recent win came in 2016, when they defeated the Minnesota Vikings 16-13 in overtime.
Current state of the team
The current state of the team is that they are not doing so well. In fact, they are one of the worst teams in the NFL. This is reflected in their record, which is 3-7-0. They are currently in last place in their division, and they have only won one game in their last six games.
The Dallas Cowboys are an American football team who will be playing on Thanksgiving Day. Their opponents will be the Los Angeles Chargers. The game will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, with a start time of 4:30 p.m. EST. This will be the first meeting between these two teams since 2014.
History of the Cowboys on Thanksgiving
The Cowboys have a long and storied history of playing on Thanksgiving Day, dating back to their very first season in 1960. Since then, they have become one of the most tradition-rich teams in the NFL, appearing on Thanksgiving Day a total of 37 times. That’s more than any other team in the league.
The Cowboys first appeared on Thanksgiving Day in 1960, losing to the Detroit Lions 27-17. They would go on to lose their next three Thanksgiving Day games as well, before finally getting in the win column in 1964 with a 34-27 victory over the Cleveland Browns.
Since that first win in 1964, the Cowboys have gone on to enjoy a tremendous amount of success on Thanksgiving Day, compiling a record of 29-16-2 over the years. That includes an impressive stretch from 1974-1978 when they won five straight games on Thanksgiving.
The Cowboys’ biggest rival on Thanksgiving Day has been the Detroit Lions, who they have faced a total of 25 times. They’ve also faced off against the Miami Dolphins (6 times), Green Bay Packers (4 times), Los Angeles Rams (3 times), New York Jets (3 times), and Baltimore Colts/Indianapolis Colts (2 times).
While the Cowboys’ overall record on Thanksgiving is quite good, they did go through a bit of a dry spell in recent years, losing four straight games from 2000-2003. However, they have since rebounded and are currently riding a three-game winning streak on Turkey Day after victories over the Jets (2009), Saints (2010), and Bills (2011).
Current state of the team
The Dallas Cowboys are a professional American football team based in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. The Cowboys compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league’s National Football Conference (NFC) East division. The team is headquartered in Frisco, Texas, and plays its home games at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, which opened for the 2009 season. The stadium took its current name prior to the 2013 season. The Cowboys joined the NFL as an expansion team in 1960. The team’s national following might best be represented by its NFL record of consecutive sell-outs. The Cowboys’ streak of 190 consecutive sold-out regular and post-season games began in 2002.
The franchise has made it to the Super Bowl eight times, tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Denver Broncos for second most Super Bowl appearances in history, behind only the New England Patriots’ ten appearances. This has also corresponded to eight NFC championships, most in the NFC. The Cowboys have been caught up in numerous controversies throughout their history, including their association with drug use among their players, starting with wide receiver Drew Pearson.
Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers are an American football team that competes in the National Football League (NFL). The Packers are the third-oldest franchise in the NFL, dating back to 1919, and are the only non-profit, community-owned major league professional sports team in the United States. The Packers are also the last of the small-town teams that were once common in the NFL, and are currently the only team left in the league that is not located in a major metropolitan area.
History of the Packers on Thanksgiving
The Green Bay Packers have a long and storied history of playing on Thanksgiving Day. It all started in 1923, when the Packers took on the Hammond Pros at Milwaukee’s Borchert Field. The game was a success, and the following year, the Packers played their first Thanksgiving Day game at home against the Minneapolis Marines. In 1927, they faced the Chicago Bears in what would become one of the most iconic Thanksgiving Day games in NFL history.
Thanksgiving Day games became a tradition for the Packers, and they continued to play on Turkey Day every year until 1938. After a one-year break, they resumed playing on Thanksgiving in 1939, and they’ve been doing so ever since. The Packers have played a total of 59 Thanksgiving Day games in their history, more than any other team in the NFL.
While the Packers have had many great moments on Thanksgiving Day over the years, one stands out above the rest: their come-from-behind victory over the Detroit Lions in 2015. After falling behind 20-0 early in the game, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers led his team on a incredible comeback, capped off by a touchdown pass to receiver Randall Cobb with just seconds left on the clock. It was one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history, and it cemented Rodgers’ legacy as one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game.
Current state of the team
The Packers are currently in first place in the NFC North with a record of 9-3. They are coming off of a huge win against the division rival Minnesota Vikings, in which they won 24-17. The Packers offense is led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who is having an MVP caliber season. The defense is also playing well, led by linebacker Clay Matthews. The Packers are one of the favorite teams to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl this year.
The Miami Dolphins are set to play NFL football on Thanksgiving Day this year. This will be their first time playing on Thanksgiving Day in franchise history. The Dolphins are looking to get their first win of the season and will be going up against the Dallas Cowboys.
History of the Dolphins on Thanksgiving
The Miami Dolphins have a long and storied history playing on Thanksgiving Day. They first played on the holiday in 1966, when they lost to the Detroit Lions, 27-14. Since then, they have played a total of 23 Thanksgiving games, with a record of 11-11-1.
The Dolphins’ first win on Thanksgiving came in 1971, when they defeated the New York Jets, 19-17. Their most recent win was in 2018, when they defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 31-6. The Dolphins have also played in some memorable Thanksgiving games over the years. In 1993, they lost to the Cowboys in a game that was postponed twice due to Hurricane Andrew. And in 1998, they defeated the Jets in overtime in one of the biggest comebacks in NFL history.
Whether you’re a fan of the Dolphins or not, there’s no denying that they’ve had some great moments on Thanksgiving Day.
Current state of the team
The Miami Dolphins are a professional American football team based in the Miami metropolitan area. The Dolphins compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league’s American Football Conference (AFC) East division. The Dolphins play their home games at Hard Rock Stadium in the northern suburb of Miami Gardens, Florida, and are headquartered in Davie, Florida.
The Dolphins were founded by attorney-politician Joe Robbie and actor-comedian Danny Thomas. They began play in the AFL in 1966. The region had not had a professional football team since the days of the Miami Seahawks (1926), who played in the AFL and folded one year after the ’58 NFL Championship game (in which they lost to the Baltimore Colts), three years before the formation of the AFL. For the first few years, the Dolphins’ full-time training camp and practice facilities were at Saint Andrew’s School, a private boys boarding prep school in Boca Raton. In 1967, practice moved to Boca Raton High School, where they used part of an adult education parking lot for refining marching band techniques for their half time shows.
In 1969, Shula was named head coach, a position he would hold for the next 26 years. Under Shula,
the Dolphins posted losing records in only two of his first 13 seasons as head coach. During that period, they were built through a successful draft that produced many future Pro Bowlers, such as quarterbacks Bob Griese and Dan Marino, running back Larry Csonka, wide receiver Paul Warfield, linebacker Nick Buoniconti, and defensive end Bill Stanfill. The 1972 undefeated season was followed by Super Bowl victories in VII and VIII, becoming only the second team after Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers to win those two games back to back.
New York Jets
The New York Jets are scheduled to play NFL Football on Thanksgiving Day against the New England Patriots. This will be a rematch of their Week 6 game in which the Jets came away with a 27-13 victory.
History of the Jets on Thanksgiving
The New York Jets have a long and storied history of playing on Thanksgiving Day. They first took the field on Thanksgiving in 1963, when they defeated the Detroit Lions 27-14. Since then, they’ve played on Thanksgiving 18 times, with a record of 9-9. The Jets have become something of a Thanksgiving tradition, appearing on the holiday more times than any other team in the NFL.
The Jets have had some great moments on Thanksgiving. In 1968, they pulled off a come-from-behind victory over the Baltimore Colts, scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter to win 16-7. In 1978, they defeated the Miami Dolphins 14-0 in a blizzard at Giants Stadium. And in 1981, they handed the Dallas Cowboys their first Thanksgiving loss ever, winning 31-27.
The Jets haven’t always been so successful on Thanksgiving, however. In 2002, they lost to the New England Patriots 42-17. And in 2008, they were embarrassed by the Denver Broncos 34-17. But regardless of their results on the field, the Jets have always been one of the most popular teams on Thanksgiving Day.
Current state of the team
The New York Jets are a professional American football team currently based in Florham Park, New Jersey. They compete in the National Football League (NFL) as part of the American Football Conference (AFC) East division.The Jets were founded in 1959 as the Titans of New York, an original member of the American Football League (AFL), and became part of the NFL in the AFL–NFL merger in 1970. The franchise began to play at Shea Stadium in 1964 and made it to the AFL Championship Game four times, winning once, between 1968 and 1969. However, they did not make it to a Super Bowl until 1968, when they defeated the Baltimore Colts 16-7 to become champions. Since then, they have made it to only one more Super Bowl, losing 38-3 to the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl III.
The Philadelphia Eagles will be playing NFL Football on Thanksgiving Day. They will be playing against the Dallas Cowboys. This will be a great game to watch.
History of the Eagles on Thanksgiving
The Philadelphia Eagles have a long and storied history when it comes to playing on Thanksgiving Day. The team has played on the holiday nearly every year since 1933, with a few exceptions. In recent years, the Eagles have become something of a Thanksgiving tradition for many football fans, as the team has won several key games on the holiday.
The Eagles first played on Thanksgiving Day in 1933, when they defeated the Chicago Bears 7-0. The team would go on to win their next two Thanksgiving Day games, against the Detroit Lions in 1934 and 1935. The Eagles’ winning streak came to an end in 1936, when they lost to the Lions 6-0.
The team would not play on Thanksgiving Day again until 1945, when they faced off against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Eagles won that game 21-0, beginning a new winning streak that would last for several years. The team went on to win their next six Thanksgiving Day games, against the Lions (1946, 1947), Steelers (1948), Washington Redskins (1949), New York Giants (1950), and Dallas Cowboys (1951).
The Eagles’ streak came to an end in 1952, when they lost to the Lions 17-13. The team would not play on Thanksgiving Day again until 1960, when they faced off against the Green Bay Packers. The Eagles lost that game 10-3, beginning a new losing streak that would last for several years. The team would go on to lose their next four Thanksgiving Day games, against the Detroit Lions (1961), Green Bay Packers (1962), Baltimore Colts (1963), and Dallas Cowboys (1964).
In 1965, the Eagles finally broke their losing streak by defeating the Cowboys 34-27. The team would go on to win their next two Thanksgiving Day games as well, against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1966 and 1967. The 1968 game against the Lions was a loss, but the 1969 game against the Cowboys was another win.
The 1970s were a difficult decade for the Eagles when it came to playing on Thanksgiving Day. The team lost all four of their games during that decade: against Detroit in 1970 and 1971; against Miami in 1972; and against Dallas in 1973 and 1974. In 1975, the Eagles finally broke their losing streak by defeating Dallas 27-17; they would go on to win two more games during that decade: against Miami in 1976 and Detroit in 1977.
The 1980s were a much better decade for Philadelphia when it came to playing on Thanksgiving Day: out of eight games played during that time period, they won six and lost just two – both losses coming at the hands of Dallas
Current state of the team
The Eagles are currently in first place in their division with a record of 9-3. They have won their last three games and are coming off a bye week. They are led by quarterback Carson Wentz, who is having an MVP-caliber season. The Eagles will be looking to continue their winning ways on Thanksgiving Day against the Dallas Cowboys.
San Francisco 49ers
Leading up to Thanksgiving Day, there are a lot of games that take place between some of the best teams in the NFL. This year, one of the most exciting match-ups is between the San Francisco 49ers and the Green Bay Packers. The 49ers are currently in first place in their division with a record of 9-1, while the Packers are in second place with a record of 8-2. This game is sure to be a good one!
History of the 49ers on Thanksgiving
The San Francisco 49ers have a long and storied history on Thanksgiving Day, dating back to their very first season in the NFL in 1946. The 49ers have played on Thanksgiving Day a total of 28 times in their history, more than any other team in the NFL. They have a record of 15-13 on Thanksgiving Day.
The 49ers first Thanksgiving game was against the Chicago Bears in 1946. The game was played at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco and the 49ers won 21-14. The 49ers would go on to play the Bears four more times on Thanksgiving, with the last meeting happening in 1963.
The 49ers played their first Thanksgiving Day game at Candlestick Park in 1972 against the Detroit Lions. The Lions would become the 49ers’ most common opponent on Thanksgiving, as they played each other eight times between 1972 and 1997. The two teams last played on Thanksgiving Day in 1998, with the Lions winning 27-24.
The Dallas Cowboys are the only other team that the 49ers have played more than once on Thanksgiving Day, as they’ve faced off against each other four times. The most recent meeting between these two teams on Thanksgiving was in 2010, which saw the Cowboys come out victorious 27-24.
Current state of the team
The San Francisco 49ers are a professional American football team located in the San Francisco Bay Area. They compete in the National Football League as a member of the league’s National Football Conference West division. The 49ers joined the NFL in 1946 as part of the AAFC. The team plays its home games at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, located 45 miles (72 km) southeast of San Francisco in the heart of Silicon Valley. Since 1988, the 49ers have been headquartered in Santa Clara.
The team was founded in 1946 by Tony Morabito as a charter member of the All-America Football Conference and played in Kezar Stadium in San Francisco’s Western Addition neighborhood. The 49ers won five AAFC championships before joining the NFL in 1950. The team struggled to find success early on, but reached three consecutive NFL Championship Games from 1954 to 1956 and captured their first NFL Championship in 1951. Since then, they have mostly been near the bottom of their division or out of playoff contention altogether; however, they did make an appearance in Super Bowl XLVII after head coach Jim Harbaugh led them there following the 2012 season, and they returned to the Super Bowl once more after the 2019 season under head coach Kyle Shanahan.