NFL Thanksgiving Day Games 2021: TV channels, times, halftime shows, and more

Who's ready for the most action-packed Thursday of the season? Here's everything you need to know for the NFL's 2021 Thanksgiving Day games.

The most action-packed Thursday of the 2021 NFL season is here: Thanksgiving Day. While people across the country gather together to celebrate Turkey Day, six NFL teams face off while fans gobble down their dinners. Since 1966, the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys have always hosted NFL Thanksgiving Day games, and 2021 is no exception. Continue reading below for more information on start times, channels, and live streams, as well as a preview and prediction for each Thanksgiving bout.

NFL Thanksgiving Day Games in 2021

Here’s a look at when the three 2021 Thanksgiving Day NFL games kick off and where you can watch them. Enjoy the day, whether or not you celebrate!

Chicago Bears (3-7) vs. Detroit Lions (0-9-1)

  • Start time: 12:30 PM ET
  • Channel: FOX
  • Halftime show: Big Sean and Ne-Yo
  • Live streams:
  • Fox Sports App
  • fuboTV
  • Hulu + Live TV
  • YouTube TV
  • Yahoo Sports App
  • NFL App

Another week, another loss for the Detroit Lions. Heading into their Week 12 NFL Thanksgiving classic, head coach Dan Campbell and Co. are still searching for their first win. After tying the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 10, they fell just a field goal short against the Browns in Week 11. Campbell claimed there is a 60% chance of QB Jared Goff starting after missing Week 11 with an oblique injury.

While the Lions should see the return of their starting QB, Chicago Bears rookie QB Justin Fields remains sidelined with a rib injury, giving Andy Dalton his second straight start. The Bears won the previous matchup between these two squads in Week 4 (24-14) under the direction of Fields. Chicago’s play-calling has made a bit more sense with Dalton throwing the ball, so don’t expect the Lions to break the winless streak in 2021’s slate of NFL Thanksgiving games.

Prediction: Bears 24, Lions 13

Las Vegas Raiders (5-5) vs. Dallas Cowboys (7-3)

  • Start time: 4:30 PM ET
  • Channel: CBS
  • Halftime show: Luke Combs
  • Live streams: 
  • CBS App
  • Paramount+
  • fuboTV
  • Hulu + Live TV
  • fuboTV
  • YouTube TV
  • Yahoo Sports App
  • NFL Mobile App

The second matchup of the NFL’s 2021 Thanksgiving game slate sees the Las Vegas Raiders taking on the Dallas Cowboys at 4:30 PM. Just as the Cowboys started receiving some praise as the best team in the NFC, the Kansas City Chiefs came knocking. The high-octane Dallas offense has now lost two of its last three games. Things should not be as difficult against the Raiders.

Las Vegas has lost five of their last seven games, throwing their 5-2 start straight out the window. QB Derek Carr regressed to his mean as he has struggled with turning the ball over 6 times in his past three games. Despite only scoring 9 points in Week 11, Dallas’ defense had some bright spots. Rookie LB Micah Parsons should have his imprint all over this Thanksgiving game.

Prediction: Cowboys 34, Raiders 17

Buffalo Bills (6-4) vs. New Orleans Saints (5-5)

  • Start time: 8:20 PM ET
  • Channel: NBC
  • Halftime show: The Human Jukebox Marching Band from Southern University
  • Live streams:
  • NBC Sports App
  • Peacock
  • fuboTV
  • Hulu + Live TV
  • fuboTV
  • YouTube TV
  • Yahoo Sports App
  • NFL Mobile App

In the nightcap of the NFL’s 2021 Thanksgiving Day slate of games, the Buffalo Bills head down to the Big Easy to take on the New Orleans Saints. This game features two teams that have taken a tumble as of late. After sprinting to a 4-1 start, the Bills have dropped three of their last five games. Sitting at 6-4, the Bills gave up their hold of the AFC East to the Patriots and are now sitting a half-game back.

Meanwhile, a strong start to the season has gone up in smoke for New Orleans. After going 5-2, the Saints have lost their last three games as the offense continues to suffer heavy losses. RB Alvin Kamara remains sidelined for New Orleans, meaning the rushing attack will most likely run through Mark Ingram again (although he’s missed recent practices, as well). The passing game is in shambles and goes up against a Bills defense that has intercepted 15 passes this season. The Bills should get a much-needed bounce-back win against a shorthanded New Orleans team.

Prediction: Bills 27, Saints 20

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