Football is synonymous with Thanksgiving, and fans of the sport will have plenty of NFL to watch on Turkey Day 2020. Three games are scheduled for Thursday, including a pair of divisional matchups that could have playoff implications.

The action starts at 12:30 p.m. ET when the Detroit Lions host the Houston Texans on CBS. The Washington Football Team is set to visit the Dallas Cowboys at 4:30 p.m. ET on Fox. NBC will broadcast the final Thanksgiving game at 8:20 p.m. ET when the Baltimore Ravens visit the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Viewers can watch the Ravens and Steelers online with NBC Sports Live. The afternoon games will be available on the NFL app. 

Both the Lions and Cowboys have played on Thanksgiving every year since 1978. The only time Detroit hasn’t had a game on the holiday since 1934 was during World War II. Dallas’ tradition of playing on Thanksgiving started in 1966, though "America’s Team" didn’t play on the holiday in 1975 and 1977.

The Steelers and Ravens have only played on Thanksgiving sparingly, though it only makes sense that the Week 12 contest takes the national spotlight. Pittsburgh has the NFL’s best record, sitting atop the AFC North. Baltimore is looking to catch the Steelers in the standings and win the division for a third straight year.

Dallas and Washington have been disappointments this season, but they remain in the hunt for the division title. Every NFC East team has a losing record, giving Dallas, Washington, the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants a chance to compete for a top-four postseason seed.

Houston and Detroit are both likely to miss the playoffs. 

The Lions have a three-game losing streak on Thanksgiving. Detroit has been defeated by the Chicago Bears in consecutive years.

In 2019, the Buffalo Bills held off the Cowboys, 26-15, on Thanksgiving.

Ezekiel Elliott Dallas Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys runs against the Arizona Cardinals during the second quarter at AT&T Stadium on October 19, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. Photo: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images