The greatest day of the NFL season is almost upon us and fans cannot wait for it. The NFL has suffered a significant ratings collapse this season, but it's still impossible to imagine a Thanksgiving without Football. And the Lions and Cowboys, per tradition, will once again be featured on one of the game's greatest days. But who will play in these three games? And which matchups should viewers keep an eye on?

Minnesota Vikings @ Detroit Lions 12:30 E.T.

The Vikings and Lions both sit at 6-4 and are tied for the lead in the NFC North. That makes this game a huge divisional battle between two teams.

For the Lions to win, quarterback Matthew Stafford will need to continue his excellent play and spread the football around to receivers like Golden Tate, Eric Ebron, Anquan Boldin, Marvin Jones, and Theo Riddick. The play of the defense will also again need to be excellent on Thanksgiving for the Lions to retain control of the division.

The Vikings started the year on a five game winning streak, but have since collapsed. The team righted the ship last week with a win against the Arizona Cardinals and will look to ride that momentum into Detroit. If the Vikings are going to have a chance, the defense will need to help the offense produce. Without the help of the Vikings defense, Sam Bradford struggles to move the football and this team turns it over far too much.

The Lions are listed as 2.5 point favorites in the Thanksgiving game.

Washington Redskins @ Dallas Cowboys 4:30 E.T.

The Washington Redskins scored 42 points on the Green Bay Packers in week 11, but should have a much tougher time against a 8-1 Cowboys defense that has been excellent all year. Still, Kirk Cousins has proved that he is resilient and he will no doubt be looking to add another yelling video to his resume.

Don't expect the Redskins to lie down to a 9-1 NFL team in this one.

The Dallas Cowboys currently have the best record in football and may be the most balanced team as well. Ezekiel Elliot spearheads the league's leading rushing attack thanks to the play of the best offensive line in the NFL. Dak Prescott is a rookie, but he's proven that he can be clutch when it matters.

And Dez Bryant is reclaiming star wide receiver status in a rising Cowboys offense. And the defense? It's elite too. The Redskins will face an uphill battle at home against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving afternoon

The Cowboys are listed as 7.5 point home favorites in this game.

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Indianapolis Colts 8:30 E.T.

What should have been a great game between two AFC playoff contenders has already turned into a likely blowout. Andrew Luck will not play for the Colts in this game, a bad sign for a team that would have to start Scott Tolzien at quarterback. It's hard to see how the Colts could ever keep up with the high scoring Steelers with a guy like Tolzien at the helm. And the Colts defense is bad enough for this one to easily get out of hand.

Fantasy owners should avoid starting Colts in this game and instead do whatever they can to get as many Steelers as possible into their lineups on Thanksgiving.

In Pittsburgh, Ben Roethlisberger finally looks healthy and Le'veon is playing the way he is supposed to. That should mean a resurgence for a team that still has a chance to win the AFC North thanks to the disaster that is the Baltimore Ravens. That journey should continue against a Colts team that won't be able to put up much of a fight on Thanksgiving night without Andrew Luck playing.

The Steelers are listed as 9 point road favorites in this game.

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