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What's Turkey Day without the pigskin?

Football is on the menu again this Thanksgiving, with a holiday triple-header that usually begins around noon, followed by a late afternoon game, and another in prime time.

This year, the celebration begins on CBS, FOX and NBC with a Thanksgiving triple header plus -- NEW this year -- the NFL's first ever Black Friday game providing wall-to-wall Thanksgiving football.

Watch on Thanksgiving Day, November 23 as the Lions to take on the Bills beginning at 12:30 PM ET on CBS followed by the Cowboys and Giants at 4:30 PM ET on FOX. The primetime game will feature the Patriots and Vikings starting at 8:20 PM ET on NBC.

On Black Friday 2023, it will be the Miami Dolphins vs the New York Jets, airing at exclusively on Amazon Prime live from Met-Life Stadium beginning at 3PM ET.

All about Thanksgiving football

Thanksgiving Day games have always included one game hosted by the Detroit Lions, and one game hosted by the Dallas Cowboys. Why? It's tradition!

In addition, televised games usually rotate only between three major networks - FOX, CBS, and NBC.

The first NFL Thanksgiving Day football game was held in 1920 when the Akron Pros defeated the Canton Bulldogs by a score of 7-0. The most lopsided game? That happened on Thanksgiving Day 1980, when the Dallas Cowboys beat the Seattle Seahawks 51-7

Just up ahead, check out more information on the NFL Thanksgiving games as America once again celebrates passing around the cranberry sauce, the giblet gravy, and the pigskin ....

also see -> NFL football TV schedule | Super Bowl

More about Thanksgiving football around the Web:

FOX Sports - NFL Football - Colorful coverage of the holiday game with related articles, analysis, blogs, video.

CBS Sports - NFL Football - Online home to the Thanksgiving game including feature stories, video clips and previews.

Turkey Bowl - Wikipedia entry on the Loyola - Calvert Hall rivalry, the oldest and most famous Turkey Bowl played in Baltimore on Thanksgiving Day, with a complete history, scores.

How to Host a Turkey Bowl Party - Check out for great ideas for hosting a football-themed Thanksgiving party complete with suggestions for decorations, party foods, games & activities.

Touch Football Rules for Kids - Rules & regs for setting up a traditional Thanksgiving backyard game.

The 32 Rules of Thanksgiving Touch Football - The "official" unofficial rules for a fun pre-Thanksgiving dinner match, from the Wall St, Journal.

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