Lions and Cowboys Remain Thanksgiving Day Fixtures

Published on November 26th, 2019 1:34 pm EST
Written By: Dave Manuel

The Thanksgiving Day football in America is a big deal. The Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys playing football on Thanksgiving Day is as much a fixture of the holiday as is turkey and stuffing on the table.

The Detroit Lions always set off the slate of Thanksgiving Day football, usually against a divisional challenger like the Chicago Bears, while the Dallas Cowboys usually play in the afternoon game.

This year, the Detroit Lions will be playing host to the Chicago Bears, while the Dallas Cowboys will be taking on the Buffalo Bills at home.

The Lions/Bears game doesn't really mean much this year, though the Bills/Cowboys game has massive playoff implications - the Bills are trying to improve their seeding, while the Cowboys are trying to win their division.


The Detroit Lions have played on Thanksgiving Day since 1934, and have compiled a record of 37-40-2 during that time.

The Lions have dropped two Thanksgiving Day games in a row, losing 30-23 to the Vikings in 2017 and 23-16 to the Bears last year.

Prior to that, the Lions had won four Thanksgiving Day games in a row.


The Dallas Cowboys, on the other hand, have fared much better on Thanksgiving, compiling a record of 31-19-1 on the holiday.

Last year's game saw the Cowboys beat the Redskins by a score of 31-23 at home, which was a key divisional win for the team.

The stakes are high once again this season, as the Cowboys need a win in order to try and stay atop the NFC East.


In the late game, the New Orleans Saints will be taking on the Atlanta Falcons.

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