We love to hold onto holiday traditions like turkey, cranberry sauce out of a can, and pumpkin pie. But the best Thanksgiving tradition of all? Gathering around the TV for the most highly-anticipated sports matchups. Here’s a short list of the can’t-miss sports events of the holiday weekend, including the hottest NFL Games on Thanksgiving. Luckily, Xfinity has your ticket to all the games here.
Thursday, November 22 (Thanksgiving Day)
What’s the most important task when planning your Thanksgiving? Checking out the NFL Thanksgiving schedule. Professional football teams playing on Thanksgiving Day dates back more than 80 years, often featuring well-known rivalries. Here are the hot-ticket games to tune into this Turkey Day:
Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions
12:30 p.m. ET
The Thanksgiving game in Detroit is a tradition that dates back to 1934, when the owner of the fledgling new franchise hosted the powerhouse Bears as a marketing gimmick. The game was a sellout, and the Lions have played on Thanksgiving ever since. This year is a replay of that exact matchup. Khalil Mack and Mitchell Trubisky are coming into town hoping to repeat the outcome of that first game against Matthew Stafford and first-year head coach Matt Patricia.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins
4:30 p.m. ET
The Dallas Cowboys started their own Thanksgiving game tradition in 1966, and they’ve only missed two years since. This year sees the division rival Redskins come to Jerry’s World for a game that could have playoff forecasts. The hard-to-predict Cowboys have been good at home this season, while the ‘Skins have played well on the road. No matter what happens, this is a game that will help you fight off a post-turkey nap.
New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons
8:20 p.m. ET
In a third division rivalry game for the day, the Falcons travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints in the Mercedes Benz Superdome. The Saints have been red hot this season while the Falcons have been struggling, hovering around .500 for the season. But division games sometimes bring out the best in teams, and the matchup between veteran quarterbacks Drew Brees for the Saints and Matt Ryan for Atlanta could provide some unexpected Thanksgiving fireworks.
Friday, November 23
Football isn’t the only sport you can watch this Thanksgiving weekend. Here are some Black Friday games to check out:
Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Rangers
1 PM ET
On Friday, if you’re not standing in check-out lines all day to save a few bucks on Christmas gifts, why not switch gears to hockey and tune into some NHL action? The Black Friday game on NBC features two traditional hockey markets when the Philadelphia Flyers host the New York Rangers in the 2018 Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown. Both teams are right in the thick of the mix in the Metropolitan Conference.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
7:30 p.m. ET
Haul out the leftovers and settle in for a Black Friday nightcap, as the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in Tampa. Historically the teams have been evenly matched, with Tampa Bay holding a slight advantage at 23-21-5.
Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson
Pay Per View
Also on Friday is an event the likes of which golf has never seen: a head-to-head matchup between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson at the Shadow Creek Golf Club in Las Vegas. This match is a winner-take-all affair, and the two golfers have pledged to donate the winnings to various charities.
Lost Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz
If basketball is more your jam, catch the NBA Thanksgiving game action this weekend. Tune in as the Utah Jazz head to Los Angeles to face off against the formidable LeBron James and the Lakers. This Western Conference showdown will be at the Staples Center.
Saturday, November 24
Saturday also has a range of can’t-miss sporting events to check out:
Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Michigan Wolverines
12 p.m. ET
Saturdays in the fall mean one thing: college Football. At noon, arguably the biggest rivalry in the Big 10 kicks off when coach Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines travel to Columbus to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes.
LSU Tigers vs. Texas A&M Aggies
7:30 p.m. ET
Tune in at night as the SEC Network features coach Ed Orgeron’s LSU Tigers at Kyle Field in College Station against the Texas A&M Aggies. Need a little more college football this Thanksgiving weekend? Check out the ESPN3 Free Preview Weekend with Xfinity TV or Internet, where you can find a seemingly endless list of college football match-ups to feast on.
Sunday, November 25
New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles
1:00 p.m. ET
It’s Sunday, and that means it’s time to return to football. The day will give us battles between the Seahawks and the Panthers, and the Browns and the Bengals. The most enticing of battles, however, will be when the N.Y. Giants face off against Super Bowl LII champs (and their rival team), the Philadelphia Eagles. These teams know each other well, and they don’t particularly care for one another. Tune in to see who comes out on top in this modern-day clash of the titans.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Denver Broncos
Don’t miss the featured afternoon game, as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his Pittsburgh Steelers play a mile-high at Denver against the Broncos. Look for that game on CBS.
Cap off the long weekend with Sunday Night Football, featuring a huge rivalry game, as the Green Bay Packers go into Minnesota to take on a strong Vikings team. Whether you’re digging into your favorite network games or getting a free taste of ESPN3, Thanksgiving weekend offers a huge helping of sports to enjoy.