2022 NFL Thanksgiving Schedule: The Rare Cowboys vs. Giants headline exciting slate

Perhaps the only thing more synonymous with Thanksgiving than football is the turkey. It’s an annual tradition that we as fans get to host not one, not two, but three games on Thanksgiving. (At least, since 2006.)

Of course, everyone knows that the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys each host a Thanksgiving Day opponent, with Detroit playing early and Dallas playing mid-afternoon (Eastern Standard Time). In recent seasons, we’ve also had a game show in prime time, because you can never have enough football.

Since the league has announced the entire 2022 schedule, we now know which six teams will play on Thanksgiving. We’ve got an interesting whiteboard on our hands, and you don’t want to miss a moment of the action. Here are trailers for all three games:

12:30 pm ET on CBS | Stream: Paramount+

Outside of a four-year period in the early 1940s, the NFL has held Thanksgiving Day games every year since 1920. The Lions are Thanksgiving’s richest traditions and have been annual participants since 1934. Detroit is 37-43-2 in its 82 Thanksgiving games, but has lost five in a row since beating the division rival Vikings (more on them later) in 2016.

This is the second year in a row the Bills will play on Thanksgiving and the third time in the last four years. They defeated the Saints 31-6 in the night cup last year, and in 2019 they beat the Cowboys during Josh Allen’s second season as starter. They had not previously played on Thanksgiving Day in 25 years. Buffalo is 0-2 against Detroit in Thanksgiving games, having lost to the Lions in 1994 and 1976. Prior to that, the Bills had compiled a 4-2 record on Thanksgiving. in games against the Cardinals (St. Louis) and the Raiders (Oakland). , (San Diego) Chargers and (New York) Titans.

This game will be a tough test for Aidan Hutchinson and the Lions defense as Allen guides one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL. It will be hard for Jared Goff and company to keep up with them, assuming the Bills continue to score as frequently as they have in recent seasons.

4:30 pm ET on Fox | Stream: fuboTV

The Cowboys became the second regular Thanksgiving Day participant beginning in 1966. All but two Thanksgivings have included games with the Lions and Cowboys since Dallas’ inclusion. Dallas is 31-22-1 in Thanksgiving games, with last year’s loss to the Raiders being the most recent.

This game marks the sixth straight time the Cowboys have played a divisional opponent when Fox was broadcasting the game. They had previously played three games against Washington and one against the Eagles. Dallas and New York have met on Thanksgiving just once, in 1992. (The Cowboys won that game 30-3). The Giants have played on Thanksgiving only three times since 1938, so this is a very rare occasion for Big Blue.

This game should be interesting with a new regime in charge of the Giants, who haven’t had much success against division rival Cowboys in recent years. Dallas has won nine of the last 10 games between the two teams, with the only victory coming when Dak Prescott was sidelined with injury. Otherwise, the Giants haven’t beaten a Prescott-led Cowboys team since his rookie year, when they handed the Cowboys two of their three regular-season losses.

8:20 p.m. ET on NBC | Stream: fuboTV

The NFL added a primetime game to the Thanksgiving schedule in 2006. There has been a primetime game on Thanksgiving every year since 2006 until the Steelers-Ravens game was postponed during the pandemic of COVID-19 in 2020, but the tradition resumed when the Bills faced the Saints last season.

New England has played Thanksgiving only five times in team history, and not since 2012, when the Patriots defeated the Jets 49-19 in prime time. The Pats are 3-2 in Thanksgiving games overall, with all three wins and just one loss coming during the Bill Belichick era. (They lost to the Cowboys in 1984).

Minnesota has played eight times on Thanksgiving, most recently in 2017, when the Vikings avenged their Thanksgiving loss to the previous year’s Lions. The Vikes are 6-2 on Thanksgiving Day overall, though this will be the first time they’ve played a team other than the Lions or Cowboys. (Minnesota is 3-2 against Detroit and 3-0 against Dallas in those games, the most notable contest being Randy Moss’s three-touchdown explosion against the Cowboys team that had surpassed him in the NFL Draft in 1998).

The Vikings have lost five straight against the Patriots and haven’t beaten them since Belichick’s first season in charge of the franchise.

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