The 2022 NFL Thanksgiving schedule probably features the best trio of holiday football games that the league has seen in years. Only one team in action has a losing record, and every contest has serious playoff implications.

As always, the Detroit Lions will host the early-afternoon game, this time with a matchup against the Buffalo Bills at 12:30 p.m. ET on CBS. In their usual 4:30 p.m. ET slot on Thanksgiving, the Dallas Cowboys will host the New York Giants on Fox. The primetime game is a matchup between the New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings on NBC at 8:20 p.m. ET.

Viewers can watch the Thanksgiving games with NFL+. Peacock will also broadcast a live stream of the primetime game.

The Bills are viewed by many as the best team in football, making them favorites in Detroit. The Lions are unlikely to make a playoff push, but they could challenge Buffalo Thursday afternoon. The Bills and Lions both boast top-10 offenses.

Buffalo is having a more difficult time than expected in its attempt to win a third straight AFC East title. The Patriots, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets are all in contention to win the division.

The Lions have a five-game losing streak on Thanksgiving. Buffalo blew out the New Orleans Saints in primetime on Thanksgiving 2021.

Now that the Philadelphia Eagles have finally suffered a loss, the Giants or the Cowboys could potentially make a run at the NFC East title. All three division rivals are in the latest playoff picture. Dallas beat New York earlier this season.

The Giants have been the NFC's biggest surprise this season. Because they still have two games left against the Eagles, a win over Dallas would put New York in a position to contend for the No. 1 seed. Philadelphia defeated Dallas in Week 6.

The Las Vegas Raiders defeated the Cowboys in overtime in last year's Thanksgiving matchup at AT&T Stadium.

The Vikings are in contention for a first-round bye and seem destined to secure the No. 2 seed, at the very least. Minnesota is running away with the NFC North title.

The Patriots are vying for a second straight playoff berth.

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Fans cheer while wearing turkey hats for Thanksgiving during the third quarter of a game between the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears at Ford Field in Detroit, Nov. 27, 2014. Tim Fuller/USA Today Sports/Reuters