Everyone loves football on Thanksgiving. The idea of the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys meeting in 2016 takes the holiday to another level.
John Ourand from Sports Business Daily reports that "sources said that the league is likely to schedule a Cowboys-Redskins matchup for Fox’s Thanksgiving Day game."
That's some scheduling news. Should 'likely' turn into a definitive yes, the game would take place in Dallas with kickoff in the 4:00 p.m. hour.
As for the other locked in Thanksgiving Day game, Ourand reports that the Detroit Lions may also face a division opponent with the Minnesota Vikings the favorite.
Should these teams indeed play on Thursday, there's a good chance at least two of them would play the following Thursday. Ourand:
As in the past two years, expect two of the teams that play on Thanksgiving to play the following week on “Thursday Night Football.” Last season, the first “TNF” game after Thanksgiving was a Packers-Lions matchup; the season before, it was a Cowboys-Bears game. All four teams also played on Thanksgiving Day.
Washington played one Thursday game (at New York Giants) and one Monday night (Dallas) last season along with a Week 16 Saturday matchup (Phladelpha Eagles). Now the team's hype reached new levels following the NFC East title and the "You like that" phenomenon. Seemed likely the Redskins would receive more prime time games. Beat reporters forced to celebrate the holiday away from their families and couch's probably won't agree, but Thanksgiving Day basically trumps all.
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