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Why the Cowboys and Lions always play on Thanksgiving Day, the record for NFL teams on the holiday

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From the time it started, it was okay not too long ago, but very early in the history of the National Football League, fans were able to watch Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lion above Thanks giving day. This season, The Lions host the Bears, the Cowboys host the Bills and the Falcons host the Saints.

Lions Traditional start in 1934 when owner George A. Richards wanted to attract more fans. The marketing sorcerer’s plan worked, and the team that often lost fans to the more famous Detroit Tigers sold off their stadium and then several. The team had to force everyone to the gate because too many people came to watch their Lions compete.

Richards is not only the owner of NFL franchise but is also a radio station affiliated with NBC and has contracted with NBC to show its games on television on 94 stations.

The Lions didn’t invent Thanksgiving football, other teams have done it before, but Detroit has a network deal that sets it apart. The only seasons the Lions didn’t play on Thanksgiving were from 1939 to 1944, when the world was engulfed in World War II.

In addition to Lion, turkey, stuffed and mashed potatoes pin on Thanksgiving, cowboys is a regular on vacation, as well.

Their tradition began in 1966 when general manager Tex Schramm signed up to compete on that day in order to become more known to the national public. Like the Lions, the Cowboys have record crowds appearing at the Cotton Bowl.

Their tradition begins there and differs from 1975 and 1977, when St. Louis Quantity was awarded for the holiday game, team played on turkey day.

A prime-time game was included in the mix in 2006, which added more holiday time to the league and increased appearances for the rest of the NFL on Thanksgiving. Here’s a look at how successful the 31 teams that have played over the holiday season have been – 25 seasons on, Jaguar still hasn’t competed on Thanksgiving.

NFL Team Records on Thanksgiving

  • Arizona Cardinals, 6-15-2 All Time | Last game in Thanksgiving: 48-20 losses Philadelphia Eagles in 2008
  • Atlanta Falcons, 1-3 all the time | Last match in Thanksgiving: 26-18 loss New Orleans Saints in 2019
  • Baltimore Raven, 2-0 all the time | Last match in Thanksgiving: 22-20 wins Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013
  • Buffalo Bills, 4-4-1 all time | Last Game of Thanksgiving: 26-15 win over Dallas Cowboys in 2019
  • Carolina Panthers, 1-0 all time | Last Game of Thanksgiving: 33-14 win over Dallas Cowboys in 2015
  • Chicago Bears, 19-15-2 all the time | Last Game of Thanksgiving: 24-20 win over Detroit Lions in 2019
  • Cincinnati Bengals, 0-1 all time | Last match in Thanksgiving: 26-10 lost New York Jets in 2010
  • Cleveland Browns, 0-3 all the time | Last Game of Thanksgiving: 13-10 loss to the Detroit Lions in 1989
  • Dallas Cowboys, 31-21-1 all time | Last Game of Thanksgiving: 41-16 loss to Washington Soccer in 2020
  • Dancer broncos, 4-7 all the time | Last match in Thanksgiving: 26-6 win New York Giants in 2009
  • Detroit Lions, 37-42-2 All Time | Last Game of Thanksgiving: Lose 41-25 to Texans in 2020
  • Green Bay Packers, 14-20-2 all the time | Last Game of Thanksgiving: 17-13 loss to the Chicago Bears in 2015
  • Houston Texas, 2-0 all the time | Last game of Thanksgiving: 41-25 win over Texas in 2020
  • Indianapolis Colts, 2-1-1 all time | Last Thanksgiving Game: 28-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2016
  • Jacksonville Jaguars, never played on Thanksgiving
  • Chief of Kansas City, 5-5 all the time | Last Game of Thanksgiving: 19-10 win over Denver Broncos in 2006
  • Los Angeles charger, 3-1 all time | Last Game of Thanksgiving: 28-6 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in 2017
  • Los Angeles Rams, 3-1 all time | Last Thanksgiving Game: 20-0 victory over the Detroit Lions in 1975
  • Miami Dolphins, 5-2 all the time | Last game of Thanksgiving: 20-19 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in 2011
  • Minnesota Vikings, 6-2 all time | Final Game of Thanksgiving: 30-23 win over Detroit Lions in 2017
  • New England Patriots, 3-2 all time | Last game of Thanksgiving: 49-19 victory over the New York Jets in 2012
  • New Orleans Saints, 3-0 all time | Last Game of Thanksgiving: 26-18 win over Atlanta Falcons in 2019
  • New York Giants, 7-5-3 All Time | Last Game of Thanksgiving: A 20-10 loss to the Washington Redskins in 2017
  • New York Jets, 4-4 all time | Last game of Thanksgiving: 49-19 loss to the New England Patriots in 2012
  • Las Vegas Raiders, 3-4 all the time | Last Game of Thanksgiving: 31-24 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in 2013
  • Philadelphia Eagles, 6-1 all time | Last Game of Thanksgiving: Lost 45-14 to the Detroit Lions in 2015
  • Pittsburgh Steelers, 2-6 all time | Last game of Thanksgiving: 28-7 win over Indianapolis Colts in 2016
  • San Francisco 49ers, 2-2-1 all time | Last Thanksgiving Game: 19-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in 2014
  • Seattle Seahawks Football Team, 2-2 all time | Last Game of Thanksgiving: 19-3 win over the San Francisco 49ers in 2014
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 0-1 all time | Last game of Thanksgiving: 38-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in 2006
  • Tennessee Titans, 5-2 all the time | Last Game of Thanksgiving: 47-10 win over the Detroit Lions in 2008
  • Washington Redskins Soccer Teams, 4-8 All Time | Last Game of Thanksgiving: 41-16 victory over Dallas in 2020
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