An NFL Thanksgiving schedule that will see at least one team coming off a loss for the first time in three years has been announced.
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The league set eight games for November 24, with each game serving as a primetime lead-in to an 8pm NBC NFL Thanksgiving game. Teams from the NFC have the most Thanksgiving contests at three, while the AFC has two. Two of the NFC games will be played on the East Coast, with the Cleveland Browns visiting the Miami Dolphins and the Atlanta Falcons entertaining the New York Jets.
Two games will also be played in the afternoon. The Detroit Lions host the Minnesota Vikings at noon and the New York Giants host the Dallas Cowboys in the first primetime game of the day at 8pm. The Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants recently defeated teams from the NFC East and thus could decide the division’s title. The Lions are 6-4 and have been eliminated from the division race, while the Cowboys and Giants are 7-4.
For the first time since 2015, one team from the NFC will not have a Thanksgiving game, as the Green Bay Packers must travel to Philadelphia to play the Eagles that day. The Eagles and Cowboys are currently tied atop the NFC East.
The New York Jets play at Washington, one of three 4-6 teams in the NFC East, this week, before they travel to play the Lions.
For the first time since 2012, a team will not play on Thanksgiving in consecutive years. The Carolina Panthers were the only NFC team to play on the holiday in 2016 and 2017.