Thanksgiving Football Games
If you are a college football fan, you know that the weekend after Thanksgiving is prime time for the NCAA’s Division I-A teams. But there’s a lot of other action taking place on that day, as well. Whether you’re a football fan or not, you’ll want to take the time to check out some Thanksgiving football games. If you’re not sure where to start, here are some ideas to get you started.
One of the first Thanksgiving football games was played in 1949, and it was a sold-out event for both teams. The first game, a game between the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions, was a sell-out, and the game was the first Thanksgiving game under the NFL’s 16-game schedule. Since then, there have been 37 Thanksgiving games played, with the last game taking place in 2016. The Detroit Lions have a mixed record on Thanksgiving, with 37 wins and 40 losses. Their longest winning streak is six games (1950-55) and their longest losing streak is nine games (2004-2012).
On the other hand, Thanksgiving games have a long history. Thanksgiving games are traditionally held on Thanksgiving Day. The New Orleans Saints played the Buffalo Bills last season in the NFC South and are expected to have a slight advantage. The Bills, though, have a better record than the Saints in theory, as they were the runner-up in the AFC last year. The Dallas Cowboys, on the other hand, have played Thanksgiving games for 43 years.