Thanksgiving Football Tradition: A Look at the NFL’s Turkey Day Games

When it comes to Thanksgiving traditions, many come to mind.

One, however, remains equally as classic as enjoying a delicious feast, breaking the wishbone or tuning into the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: watching football.

The NFL has been playing games on Thanksgiving Day since the league’s inception in 1920, but it gained popularity in 1934 when the Detroit Lions played the Chicago Bears in the first national radio broadcast of an NFL game (the Bears defeated the Lions 19-16).

Since then, the Lions and the Dallas Cowboys (starting in 1966) have been Turkey Day mainstays each year, aside from World War II and 1975 and 1977 for the Cowboys.

This week’s slate of NFL games will begin and end in the NFC North; Detroit hosts Green Bay to kick off a Thanksgiving triple-header and the Vikings host the Bears on Monday Night Football.

Minnesota and Chicago have met 125 times in their history, with the Vikings holding a 66-57-2 advantage. Minnesota has claimed five consecutive games against Chicago and six of its past seven matchups. The Vikings are 39-24 at home against the Bears.

Monday’s contest will be Minnesota’s fourth prime-time game this season and second in as many weeks. The Vikings will also be wearing their Classic throwback uniforms for the second time this season after debuting them against the Buccaneers in Week 1.

2023-11-22 22:43:29
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