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NFL Thanksgiving Day 2020 Schedule: COVID postponement leaves just two games

After two early games that look like disappointing matchups, the nightcap should have delivered a good one - until COVID hit.

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Although the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys always play on Thanksgiving Day, it feels like the Pittsburgh Steelers are a frequent participant in the NFL’s Turkey Day festivities. Indeed, the Steelers have played in the night game on Thanksgiving twice over the past seven seasons, and will do so for a third time in eight years with tonight’s game.

This year, Pittsburgh was scheduled to host a Turkey Day game at Heinz Field for the first time, after winning in Indianapolis in 2016 and losing in Baltimore in 2013. But instead of hosting the Baltimore Ravens in the night game this evening, that game has been postponed to Sunday due to several positive COVID tests for the Ravens. That leaves just two contests set to be played today, featuring the traditional participants from Dallas and Detroit.

In those two games that will still take place, there is sadly little intrigue from a playoff perspective, as all four teams sit below .500 on the season. The first game of the day sees the 3-7 Houston Texans visiting the 4-6 Detroit Lions, who were just shut out on the road in Carolina, followed by an NFC East rivalry in the afternoon as Washington visits Dallas. But of course, every team in that division has exactly three wins, so this should not be a particularly pleasant game to watch.

Hopefully there will be something entertaining about these early games to be thankful for.

So sit back, relax, eat some good food, be safe, and join us when you can for today’s games.

Game 1: Houston Texans vs. Detroit Lions

Kickoff time: 12:30 PM Eastern
Venue: Ford Field, Detroit, MI
TV Network: CBS

Game 2: Washington Football Team vs. Dallas Cowboys

Kickoff time: 4:30 PM Eastern
Venue: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
TV Network: FOX