Thanksgiving Day soccer is a time-honored custom that simply feels totally different than some other time throughout the common season. On Thursday, the NFL will characteristic three video games on the vacation.

The Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions will sq. off within the first recreation in a battle of NFC North foes. Both teams had been among the many first to take part in video games throughout the vacation. 

In 1925, the Bears and Chicago Cardinals performed to a 0-0 tie. In 1934, the Lions performed the Bears on the identical vacation within the first nationally broadcast soccer recreation. Bronko Nagurski threw a 2-yard landing cross to Bill Hewitt to seal a 19-16 victory of their first assembly.

Since then, the Bears, Lions and later the Dallas Cowboys have been staples of Thanksgiving Day, alongside along with your turkey, cranberry sauce and household infighting. The Cowboys will play the Las Vegas Raiders, who’ve solely made seven appearances on Thanksgiving.

The third recreation, which was postponed final yr as a result of a COVID outbreak on the Baltimore Ravens, will probably be performed between the New Orleans Saints and Buffalo Bills.

Here are some issues to know in regards to the Thanksgiving Day schedule.

LIONS (0-9-1) VS. BEARS (3-7)

Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery walks off the field after the team's 16-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, in Chicago.

Chicago Bears operating again David Montgomery walks off the sphere after the group’s 16-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens throughout the second half of an NFL soccer recreation Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, in Chicago.

The Bears and Lions have each had off years this season and are each trending downward. Thursday afternoon’s recreation is not going to characteristic Justin Fields, who’s coping with a rib harm, whereas Tim Boyle might play for the Lions as an alternative of Jared Goff, who had been coping with an indirect harm. This will certainly not be the marquee recreation of the afternoon however may very well be one of the best probability for Detroit to choose up a win.

ALL-TIME SERIES: 103-75-5 Bears

Time (ET): 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

WATCH: FOX

COWBOYS (7-3) VS. RAIDERS (5-5)

Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy watches from the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo.

Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy watches from the sidelines throughout the first half of an NFL soccer recreation towards the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo.
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

The Cowboys and Raiders are additionally on the lookout for bounce-back victories. Dallas is coming off a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Raiders misplaced to the Cincinnati Bengals. Both teams are firmly in place to a minimum of make the playoffs. There’s loads at stake on this recreation, and a loss for both group may very well be consequential down the street.

ALL-TIME SERIES: 6-6

TIME (ET): 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

WATCH: CBS

SAINTS (5-5) VS. BILLS (6-4)

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) celebrates after scoring during the second half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021.

Buffalo Bills broad receiver Stefon Diggs (14) celebrates after scoring throughout the second half of an NFL soccer recreation towards the Indianapolis Colts in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021.
(AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

The Saints and Bills will take us into the evening. New Orleans has needed to take care of accidents to the quarterback place, which has set them again a bit this yr. Trevor Siemian will attempt to put collectively a win over a Bills protection that’s hungry to get again on monitor. Buffalo fell behind the New England Patriots after a loss final week to the Indianapolis Colts. Both teams want a win to get again on monitor.

ALL-TIME SERIES: 7-4 Saints

TIME (ET): 8:20 p.m.

WHERE: Caesars Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

WATCH: NBC