We’re still a couple of months away from knowing the full 2019 NFL schedule, but a sensational little tidbit has leaked out on Monday involving the Miami Dolphins and Thanksgiving.
It appears that the NFL will honor two of its iconic franchises from the last 60 years of play and have the Dolphins visit the Dallas Cowboys for the traditional late afternoon Thanksgiving showdown.
Likely Thanksgiving games next season:
* Bears and Lions on Fox
* Dolphins and Cowboys on CBShttps://t.co/hm1DyGRfjH
— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) February 11, 2019
The business website also detailed it for the first time in almost 15 years, defending Super Bowl champion, in this case the Patriots, will not host the opening Thursday night game. That instead will feature two other iconic franchises the Bears taking on the Packers at Soldier Field on Thursday night September 5th. That game will kick off the prestigious 100th season in NFL History.
SBD said the NFL is looking at having the two oldest Rivals that have been playing since 1921, start 2019. And, then, the Patriots will host the first Sunday night game of the season that weekend at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA.
The outlet also reported that with the Cowboys and Dolphins having played on Thanksgiving Day four previous times in the last 25 years, it only makes sense that in the rotation of Miami playing in Dallas every eight years, they meet again, on Turkey Day.
We wrote in November about the 25th anniversary of the Troy Aikman lead Cowboys blowing a game in the snow on a blocked field goal that Leon Lett touched. That allowed Miami to recover the ball and then, eventually kick the game-winner with Pete’s Stoyanovich knocking it through with no time left at old Texas Stadium.
Obviously, this year’s version of the game will feature first year Dolphins coach Brian Flores leading his team against a Cowboys club that won the NFC East last year and a playoff game over Seattle.
As for the Lions, they have hosted a traditional Thanksgiving home game going back to the 1950s and it’s only fitting that they would play another North rival the Bears.
The same two teams met on Thanksgiving Day at Ford Field last season with Chicago winning.
It’s not unprecedented to see the same opponent two years in a row, as Detroit had previously hosted the Vikings in both 2016 and 2017 on Thanksgiving, too.
As for the Cowboys. every year since 1977, they’ve have played a home game on Thanksgiving. And, two of the last three year’s, it’s been NFC East Rival Washington.
Now, it will apparently be the Aqua and Orange from South Florida invading this time.
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