NFL Thanksgiving 2020 The history of American football on ‘Turkey Day’
Ehe Thursday will be the 87th edition of the matches Thanksgiving Day in the NFL. After the Super Bowl, the calendar day 100% associated with American football because the sport for: of the major leagues, there is American football, and the college football He reserves most of his games for Friday and Saturday.
Thanksgiving It is perhaps the most celebrated holiday in the United States, probably more than Christmas, so it might be strange to go to the stadium or watch the games on television, but the reality is different. Here is the history of football games on ‘Turkey Day’.
The first game on Thanksgiving Day came in 1934. By their fifth year of existence, Portsmouth Spartans they moved to Detroit and although they won their first 10 games of the year, the fans did not go to the games of the now called Lions. On average, less than 12,000 fans the first seven games played at the University of Detroit Stadium, according to data from Pro Football Reference.
The owner of the equipment, George A. Richards, looked for alternatives to improve this and proposed to the league that the game against the defending champions, the Chicago Bears, out on Thanksgiving. The result was a box office success, with 25,000 people in the stands, although the Lions lost 19-16.
There began the tradition of American football in the ‘Turkey Day‘, with the Lions starring every season, except for the WWII years. Detroit hasn’t won a championship since 1957 and they haven’t really come close to it since – they haven’t even reached a conference final in the last 61 years, but Thanksgiving is like their ‘Super Bowl’, when the whole country turns to see them despite not having greater success in the field.
Despite the tradition, Detroit is 24-29 on Thanksgiving in the Age of Super Bowls.
In 1966, a year before the first Super Sunday will be played, the monopoly of the Ciudad del Motor ended on this date. The Cowboys de Dallas, the ‘Team America’, was very unpopular after seven years in the league and seeking to attract more fans, they requested to play another game that day and thus the schedule until now known arose: Detroit in the early morning and Dallas in the afternoon, Since everything is bigger in Texas, they do a Super Bowl-style celebration, with everything and halftime showMeghan Trainor it was last year, in 2019 it will be Ellie Goulding).
The Cowboys have been more successful on Thanksgiving, going 31-20-1 since 1967.
The NFL added an additional game on Thursday in 2006, for night time. Contrary to the other two, it has been a traveling game: Kansas City, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco, Green Bay, Indianapolis, Washington, New Orleans and both the Jets and Baltimore on two occasions, have received this game.
By 2020, it was originally going to have three matches, but the nightly duel between the Ravens and the Steelers have the date changed to Sunday for the Baltimore coronavirus cases. So we will have Houston against Detroit and Washington against Dallas.
Houston Texans vs Detroit Lions | 12:30 pm ET | CBS
Washington Football Team vs Dallas Cowboys | 4:30 pm ET | FOX