2010 NFL Thanksgiving Day Schedule
The Patriots and Lions will kick off the day's festivities at 12:30 p.m. ET in Detroit, followed by the Saints visiting Dallas at 4:15 p.m. on FOX. The Bengals and Jets will close out the day's action on the NFL Network at 8:20.
This will be the fifth consecutive year that the NFL has had three games on Thanksgiving Day, a tradition that started in 2006 when the NFL Network added a night game following the annual Detroit- and Dallas-hosted affairs. The Chiefs beat Denver, 19-10, in that inaugural Thanksgiving night game.
Last season, the Packers beat the Lions, 34-12, in the day's opener. Dallas then manhandled the Raiders, 24-7, and the Broncos routed the Giants, 26-6, in the Thanksgiving finale.
Dallas has not lost on Thanksgiving Day since 2005, when the Broncos scored a 24-21 overtime win in Dallas. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Detroit has lost six consecutive matchups on the November holiday, its last win coming over Green Bay in 2003.
Thursday's full NFL schedule:
12:30 p.m. ET: New England Patriots at Detroit Lions (CBS)
4:15 p.m.: New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys (FOX)
8:20 p.m.: Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets (NFL Network)