In a year of so much uncertainty, at least there’s one thing that’s for sure: The Detroit Lions are playing football on Thanksgiving.
It’ll be Detroit’s (4-6) 81st all-time Thanksgiving Day game when the Texans (3-7) visit Ford Field on Thursday. The last time Houston played on Thanksgiving, it was also against the Lions in an overtime win in 2012. On paper, this one shapes up as a matchup of good offenses against less-than-stellar defenses, with quarterbacks Matthew Stafford and Deshaun Watson taking center stage. Houston remains without David Johnson, but overall is a lot healthier than a Lions team that’ll be hoping to get players back after a short week of preparation.
The Lions enter 2020 Thanksgiving with a 37-41-2 record all-time on the holiday. That includes a loss to the Bears in 2019. There was a six-year hiatus during the second World War, but the Lions have played on Thanksgiving every year since 1945.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch the Lions vs. Texans game on Thanksgiving afternoon, including kickoff time, TV channels and a full Thanksgiving Day NFL schedule.
What channel is Lions vs. Texans on today?
- TV channel (national): CBS
- Live stream: CBS All Access, fuboTV
The Thanksgiving Day opener will get the Romo Game treatment, with former Dallas QB Tony Romo working as the color commentator on CBS’ top team alongside play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz. Joining them on the sideline as reporter will be Tracy Wolfson.
If you’re unsure which of your local channels is CBS, specific channel number information for your locality can be found here.
In Canada, viewers can watch Lions vs. Texans on DAZN, which has rights to every NFL game.
Lions vs. Texans start time
- Date: Thursday, Nov. 26
- Kickoff: 12:30 p.m. ET
Lions vs. Texans will open a slate of two games on Thanksgiving. It’ll be followed by Cowboys vs. Washington in the late afternoon. Steelers vs. Ravens, orginally scheduled as the nightcap, has been postponed to Sunday.
With the NFL not playing any games in London this season, 12:30 p.m. ET is the earliest scheduled regular-season kickoff of the year.