It Looks Like the Bears and Lions Will Square Off on Thanksgiving Again

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bears lions thanksgiving

Chicago Bears fans should prepare to spend Thanksgiving with Caleb Williams and friends.

That is because the Chicago Bears are expected to hit the road for a Thanksgiving showdown against the Detroit Lions.

Reporter Ari Meirov, who covers the NFL for The 33rd Team, shares the 2024 NFL Thanksgiving slate of games — which includes Chicago’s football team:

Turkey time with Caleb Williams is coming to a television set near you this holiday season. That’s fun!

It isn’t officially official just yet. But based on the schedule leaks and reports that are floating around thanks to reporters around the league, this seems to line up.

The Bears will look to improve on their 20-15-2 record in Thanksgiving games. Meanwhile, the Lions are looking to flip the script and end a seven-game losing streak on Thanksgiving. If those trends continue, we’ll enjoy our turkey in peace. The last thing any of us wants is for Chicago’s football team to ruin thanksgiving. Heck, their recent struggles had had me happy they’ve not played on Turkey Day since 2021.

Chicago Bears are playing on Thanksgiving again

This year’s Thanksgiving matchup between the Bears and Lions marks the fourth time since this site’s inception that these two teams will square off. Chicago is 3-0 in those head-to-head matchups with wins coming in 2018, 2019, and 2021. And with three different starting quarterbacks, to boot:

  • 2018: Chase Daniel posts a 106.8 passer rating, throws two touchdown passes, and even hauls in an 8-yard reception on a ball thrown by Anthony Miller in a 23-16 win.
  • 2019: Mitchell Trubisky goes OFF! Trubisky threw for 338 passing yards and three touchdowns in a 24-20 Bears win. Anthony miller had the game of his life, hauling in 9 receptions for 140 yards.
  • 2021: Andy Dalton put up 317 passing yards, Darnell Mooney went for 123 receiving yards, and Cairo Santos kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired in a 16-14 Bears win. Plus, that game provided one of my favorite screen shots ever:
  • bears dalton thanksgiving
    (Screen shot via NFL on FOX)

    So … who’s down to see Caleb Williams make it four consecutive dubs in 2024?

    Those of you who don’t have your hands up can leave the premises at once!

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    Luis C. Medina, who you can find on Twitter at lcm1986, has been covering the Chicago Bears at Bleacher Nation since 2017. Since then, he has written about 3 head coaches, 5 play-callers, and 11 starting quarterbacks. Previously, Luis wrote about the Cubs and MLB at BN (2015-16) and worked in the Chicago Tribune sports department (2011-16). He also co-hosted a Cubs postgame show, Outside the Ivy, in 2019.

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