2022 NFL schedule: Thanksgiving games


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The NFL schedule for the 2022 season was officially released Thursday night.

Among the most intriguing games on the schedule for the end of the year are those to be played on Thanksgiving, which falls on November 24 this year. The annual football and turkey tradition doesn’t get any better and this year’s program is more exciting than ever.

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Lions quarterback Jared Goff throws against the Minnesota Vikings, Dec. 5, 2021, in Detroit.
(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Three games are scheduled for the day, which has been the case since the 2006 season. The Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys are both in action this afternoon.

The first game will pit the Buffalo Bills against the Lions.

Josh Allen should have the Bills fit and on the verge of winning the AFC East by then. The Bills last played on Thanksgiving in the 2021 season and are 5-4-1 that day. The Lions have been playing Thanksgiving since 1934 and are 37-43-2.

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott handles football against the San Francisco 49ers on January 16, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott handles football against the San Francisco 49ers on January 16, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.
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A rivalry match will be played later today.

The Cowboys will face the New York Giants. Dallas is poised to make another run for the NFC East title and a playoff berth as they seek to rectify last year’s playoff debacle. The Giants have a new head coach in Brian Daboll, who will look to stem the tide of bad seasons in New York.

The Giants last played on Thanksgiving in 2017. The team is 7-5-3 over the holidays. Dallas is 31-22-1.

To wrap up the holiday, the New England Patriots will face the Minnesota Vikings on the night. Mac Jones will then be in the middle of his second season while the Vikings hope Kevin O’Donnell can inject some firepower into the attack.

Justin Jefferson of the Vikings catches the ball against the Chicago Bears at US Bank Stadium on January 9, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Justin Jefferson of the Vikings catches the ball against the Chicago Bears at US Bank Stadium on January 9, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
(Stephen Maturity/Getty Images)

The Patriots are 3-2 on Thanksgiving and last played in 2012. The Vikings are 6-2 on the holidays and last played in 2017.

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Lions and Bills kicks off at 12:30 p.m. on CBS. The Giants and Cowboys play at 4:30 p.m. ET on FOX, and the Patriots visit the Vikings at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC.


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