Thanksgiving Day Football Guide: TV Schedule and Game Previews for the NFL and Texas-Texas A&M

It has a whirlwind few days here at MSF in terms of football content. That’s how it goes around Thanksgiving when football is trumped only by food and family, and typically enjoyed altogether all weekend long.

(And just in case you were wondering how America came to this annual tradition of football on Turkey Day, Josh Tinley breaks it all down right here.)

Use this guide as a preview for your day of football viewing and to all of our Thanksgiving Day football content here at MSF.


Thanksgiving Day Football Guide

The first football game on the Thanksgiving Day slate is the Lions and Packers in Detroit. The undefeated Packers will be trying to move to 11-0 while the Lions will be looking for a signature win to legitimize their turnaround.

Here is all of the basic info for Packers-Lions, along with Amanda Lawson’s preview.

Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions Game Info

  • Packers-Lions Kickoff Time: 12:30 PM EST
  • Packers-Lions TV Network: FOX
  • Packers-Lions Sirius: 92 (GB) | 86 (DET)
  • Packers-Lions Announcers: Joe Buck and Troy Aikman
  • Packers-Lions Point Spread: Packers -5.5
  • Packers-Lions Over/Under: 55
  • MSF: Packers-Lions Preview and Prediction

Next on the schedule is the annual game in Big D. This year it features a rematch of one of the more memorable Thanksgiving Day games in NFL history, the infamous “Leon Lett Game”, as Miami visits the House that Jerry Built to take on Tony Romo and the Cowboys.

Dallas is riding a three-game winning streak and is in first place in the NFC East. The Dolphins have begun winning ever since their schedule eased up and they decided to not just hand games away.

Here is all of the basic info for the Dolphins-Cowboys game, plus a link to Keith Mullet’s comprehensive NFL Thanksgiving Preview that breaks down this game, as well as to Kurt’s highly entertaining preview that harkens back to the most infamous play in Thanksgiving Day football history.

Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys

  • Dolphins-Cowboys Kickoff Time: 4:15 PM EST
  • Dolphins-Cowboys TV Network: CBS
  • Dolphins-Cowboys Sirius: 92 (GB) | 86 (DAL)
  • Dolphins-Cowboys Announcers: Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
  • Dolphins-Cowboys Point Spread: Cowboys -6.5
  • Dolphins-Cowboys Over/Under: 44
  • MSF: Dolphins-Cowboys Preview and Prediction

After the fun is done at Jerry World, the nation’s eyes remained fixated on the Lone Star State as the day’s only college game kicks off.

Texas and Texas A&M have played every year on Thanksgiving for a long, long time, but this annual tradition will be coming to an end, at least for a while, at the conclusion of this year’s edition. That’s because the Aggies are headed to the SEC. Needless to say, the stakes are pretty high this year even if both teams are down, as neither wants to end the series as a loser.

Here is everything you need to know for this game, plus a link to Robert Crowe’s outstanding preview.

Texas v Texas A&M Game Info:

And finally, the nightcap comes, and it doesn’t kick off too long after the Longhorns and Aggies get going at Kyle Field.

thanksgiving-day-jim-john-harbaughIt’s the 49ers against the Ravens in Baltimore, aka “The Harbaugh Bowl” because it pits the brothers Harbaugh, Jim and John, against eachother on the same field.

While that would be compelling in and of itself, the fact that these are two of the best and most physical teams in the NFL ensures that everyone who can fight through the tryptophan to stay awake will be rewarded with some entertaining football.

Here is everything you need to know about this game, including a link to Steve Kubitza’s very well done preview.

San Francisco 49ers at Baltimore Ravens

  • 49ers-Ravens Kickoff Time: 8:20 PM EST
  • 49ers-Ravens TV Network: NFL Network
  • 49ers-Ravens Sirius: 92 (SF) | 86 (BAL)
  • 49ers-Ravens Announcers: Brad Nessler and Mike Mayock
  • 49ers-Ravens Point Spread: Ravens -3
  • 49ers-Ravens Over/Under: 39
  • MSF: 49ers-Ravens Preview and Prediction

And that’s it…for Thursday.

But that doesn’t mean that the football fun is done for the weekend; oh no. It’s actually just starting, because while many people will be fighting lines and crowds on Black Friday, those smart enough to stay at home can indulge an entertaining slate of college football games that includes LSU against Arkansas in a de facto BCS playoff game.

Once Friday’s games are over, Saturday offers a number of other tasty matchups for football fans who still haven’t had their fill. Auburn plays Alabama, Ohio State plays Michigan, Nebraska plays Iowa, and a number of other schools meet up with chief rival (including the Hoosiers and Boilers in the Battle for the Bucket). Robert Crowe previews a few of the best Saturday games here.

And then, on Sunday, the NFL gets back into the action. Earlier this week I outlined the TV schedule and spreads for each game on the Week 12 NFL schedule, as well as offered my picks for each. And if you need some fantasy football help, we of course have you covered there too.

Oh, and just in case you do get footballed out, there is college basketball as well. Four “Feast Week” tournaments will be tipping off, featuring a number of the nation’s best teams. Andy Bottoms provided a comprehensive preview of each “Feast Week” tournament here.

For those of you who just don’t care about sports at all, we also have something for you too (although I must ask why you’re on this site if you aren’t a sports lover…). The Muppets movie comes out this weekend, and to whet your appetite here are the four best Muppet Show sketches ever.


I told you we had a lot of Thanksgiving content for you. And I edited every single piece of it, so I know that our fantastic team of writers will have you well prepared for all of the sports you’ll be consuming along with your turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie.

So now, if you’ll excuse me, I need a drink.

About Jerod Morris

I love words. I write for Copyblogger and founded MSF, The Assembly Call, & Primility. I practice yoga, eat well, & strive for balance. I love life. Namaste. Say hi on Twitter, Facebook, & G+.


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