It has become a holiday tradition to have one of the NFL's most popular (and most disliked) teams host a Thanksgiving Day game.
It is just TRADITION
The Cowboys first played on Thanksgiving Day in 1966. Since then, the only seasons the Cowboys did not play on Thanksgiving were 1975 and 1977.
Yes, the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions play on Thursday in Thanksgiving every year.
Yes, except for the cowboys and lions who always play on thanksgiving vs 2 random teams.
The Cowboys have traditionally played their afternoon Thanksgiving Day game after the Detroit Lions' contest.
1975 and 1977
The Oakland Raiders
On Thanksgiving Day in 2010, the New Orleans Saints defeated the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium, 30-27.
The Dallas Cowboys and the Miami Dolphins will play on Thanksgiving Day, 2011 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The game will be televised by CBS Sports at 4:15 p.m. EST.
The Cowboys lost to the Miami Dolphins, 16-14, on Thanksgiving Day (November 25) 1993.