Celebrating Thanksgiving as an NFL fan means ignoring family and watching football all day.
We are only slightly joking.
The 2021 slate features three games, meaning there truly is football on all day.
But there is one concerning fact with the upcoming games in terms of how fun they will be to watch.
The concern rises after all six teams set to play Thursday lost in Week 11.
Previewing The Rough Slate Of Thanksgiving Games
The day begins with the winless Detroit Lions taking on the Chicago Bears, who may be without rookie quarterback Justin Fields after he suffered a rib injury Sunday.
From @GMFB: #Bears QB Justin Fields had negative X-Rays and the belief is he suffered bruised ribs with more tests coming. Meanwhile, the #Cowboys are likely without their two top WRs on Thursday. pic.twitter.com/w6Ijhb4QUn
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 22, 2021
While the Lions nearly defeated the Cleveland Browns, head coach Dan Campbell made enough questionable calls to warrant him being put on the hot seat.
The likely outcome here is a boring Bears win as Lions fans just try to focus on a good meal.
The second game of the day ups the competition as the Las Vegas Raiders head south to take on the Dallas Cowboys.
The Raiders look like a totally different team in recent weeks and just got blown out by Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals.
Meanwhile, the Cowboys put up nine total points against the Kansas City Chiefs defense.
Will it be a shootout or a low-scoring affair?
It is impossible to tell.
The same is true for the finale between the Buffalo Bills and New Orleans Saints.
Buffalo began the year as a legitimate Super Bowl contender, only to score six points against Jacksonville and then fall to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
Josh Allen and the offense continue to stall and the Bills are in danger of not even making the postseason at this rate.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) November 21, 2021
Playing in New Orleans may serve as the X-factor for the Saints in this one.
The good news is that barring a tie, three NFL teams are going to get bounce-back wins on Thanksgiving.
Yet for fans of the other three, it is going to be a frustrating holiday.