NFL Thanksgiving Games 2021: The NFL schedule is still releasing, but a few leaks may have told us which teams will be facing off on Thanksgiving earlier than expected.
Thanksgiving game usually generate a lot of hyper around them. The Lions and Cowboys are two teams that are traditionally featured on the day, and it looks like they’re set to make appearances again.
We may also have some new teams coming into the mix for this year. Thanksgiving games represent a good time to sit back and enjoy football with the family.
They’re often some fan’s favorite or second favorite type of game.
My NFL game time power rankings:
1) Sunday Night
2) Thanksgiving Day
3) 1pm Sunday
4) Monday Night
5) Saturday anytime
6) Thursday Night
7) 4pm Sunday
— Dan Fetes (@danfetes) May 12, 2021
So, which teams are playing on Thanksgiving this year? Read on to find out:
NFL Thanksgiving Games 2021 Schedule: Which Teams Are Playing on Thanksgiving? What NFL Games Are Scheduled For Thanksgiving?
Bears-Lions and Bills-Saints also on Thanksgiving, per sources https://t.co/wIxNG4aEQq
— Master (@MasterTes) May 12, 2021
#1. Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions
The Bears and Lions will go head to head once again during Thanksgiving. The Bears and Lions matched up twice in recent memory on Thanksgiving Day games in both 2018 and 2019.
Chicago took both of those meetings winning 23-16 the first time and 24-20 the second time. It seems like the Bears have the Lions’ number when it comes to playing on Thanksgiving.
This year both teams are set to look very different as they bring in different quarterbacks. The Lions traded away Matthew Stafford for the services of Jared Goff while the Bears are either going to be playing Andy Dalton or Justin Fields (if he’s taken over the starting job by then).
This divisional matchup usually fields close and competitive games, and we shouldn’t expect any different here. The Bears and Lions will take it up to each other as both will try to dominate this historic matchup.
#2. Las Vegas Raiders at Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys and Raiders have matched up a couple of times on Thanksgiving day, in both 2009 and 2013. Dallas took both of those meetings, winning 24-7 and 31-24 respectively.
The Cowboys and Raiders will both be looking to reverse the fortunes of their seasons from a year ago. The Raiders were in playoff contention for majority of the season. However, a few late losses derailed those chances.
The same can be said for the Dallas Cowboys. Dak Prescott was injured for most of the year, and the Cowboys struggled to find a winning groove without him.
Prescott vs. Carr should be a fun matchup here as both quarterbacks are quietly some of the best passers in the game.
#3. Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints
The Bills and Saints have never matched up on Thanksgiving Day, making this game to be quite intriguing. In any given year, this Bills and Saints game would top the list of Thanksgiving Day games that are scheduled.
However, there’s a lot of uncertainty going into the season for the New Orleans Saints. Drew Brees is out at quarterback after starting for the last 15 years. Will Jameis Winston be his replacement, or will it be Taysom Hill?
Your guess is as good as any. Can those backup QB’s keep the Saints in playoff contention? We’ll have to see. On the other hand, the Bills are looking to build upon their incredible run last year when they reached the AFC Conference Championship Game. Josh Allen could be an MVP this year, and a strong Thanksgiving Day performance will aid his cause.