The league announced that the triple-header on Turkey Day will feature NFC divisional rivals:
The all-NFC lineup is an example of the NFL utilizing what Around The League first reported as the "cross flex" mechanism, which allows select games to be flexed between CBS and FOX. In the past, a game with two NFC teams had to be on FOX and a game with two AFC teams had to be on CBS.
With the ability to place an all-NFC game on CBS during one of the league's most popular football days of the year, it's possible the NFL believed the Bears were a better matchup for Detroit's annual holiday game than the two AFC teams scheduled to visit Ford Field this season -- Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills.
Pitting divisional opponents during Week 12 adds to the intrigue and likelihood of the games having added importance on playoff races (read: ratings).
Mid-April Thanksgiving Day warning: Do NOT eat too much Turkey.
You don't want to fall asleep before the night matchup between heavyweight rivals San Francisco and Seattle. One of the most highly-anticipated matchups of the 2014 season, the Niners-Seahawks rivalry debuts on Thanksgiving.
While it lacks the tradition of having an AFC representative, this season's Thanksgiving schedule look like it will be the perfect side dish to your turkey feast.