Report: Divisional opponents expected for Cowboys, Lions on Thanksgiving

About the only thing we do know for the 2016 NFL season is where Super Bowl LI will be played and who each team will be playing. We are still a long way away from Thanksgiving, but it’s becoming pretty clear on who two teams will be facing off against.

It’s always been a tradition for Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys to play on Thanksgiving and that tradition will continue this year. However, according to the Sports Business Journal, the two games are expected to hold some pretty big stakes.

“Sources said that the league is likely to schedule a Cowboys-Redskins matchup for Fox’s Thanksgiving Day game. Look for the league to cross-flex an NFC North rival to play the Lions on CBS, most likely the Vikings. The Lions’ only two home games against AFC opponents are unattractive TV matchups (Jacksonville and Tennessee). The Bears have played the past two Thanksgivings, and the Packers have played two of the past three, creating an opening for the Vikings.”

This would be the eighth matchup between the Redskins and Cowboys on Thanksgiving, with the former besting their rival in 2012 behind rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.

As for the Lions, they have not played the Vikings on Thanksgiving since 1995. It would also be the Minnesota’s first Thanksgiving Day game since 2000.

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