Watch those Thanksgiving football games, not the Detroit Lions

One of the great Thanksgiving traditions – other than your annual Turkey Derby – is watching American football teams you don’t care about. Usually you couldn’t pay someone to watch a Detroit Lions game, but Turkey day is different. This year the Lions are so horrible that we at The18 recommend these Thanksgiving soccer games instead.

Soccer games on Thanksgiving

The humble Lions and Chicago Bears will begin Thanksgiving festivities at 12:30 p.m. ET. Don’t you dare go to FOX. Instead, plug in a laptop or upgrade to Paramount + for those Europa League games which I promise will provide more entertainment.

12:45 p.m. ET, Europa League games on Thanksgiving

Lokomotiv Moscow v Lazio

Bayer Leverkusen v Celtic *

Real Betis v Ferencváros *

Rapid Wien vs. West Ham

Galatasaray * against Marseille *

3 p.m. ET, Europa League games on Thanksgiving

Monaco vs Real Sociedad

Rangers vs. Sparta Prague

Brøndby * against Lyon

Eintracht Frankfurt * vs. Antwerp *

Leicester City v Legia Warsaw

* Indicates that an American is playing on the team. Support your Americans abroad for Thanksgiving.

The Europa Conference League will also play on Thanksgiving so Tottenham fans can watch their team play Mura at 12:45 ET on Paramount + as well.

As for the Europa League, there will be 15 games played on Thursday. I’m willing to bet that there will be more goals scored in these games than the Lions score.

MLS Thanksgiving Game

If for some reason you watched the Lions game on FOX, you don’t need to change channels after the game. That’s because the network airs the first MLS Thanksgiving Day game in history right after the Lions game.

The No. 1 seed Colorado Rapids will face the winner of Minnesota United and Portland Timbers. Sure, you could watch the Cowboys play against the Raiders, but why do that when you can watch a playoff game?

The Colorado Rapids will play at 4:30 p.m. ET. Some people will then be in their eating coma, aka the best time to light up a football game.

Traditions can’t last forever, go for real football this Thanksgiving and not routine games.

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