The Detroit Lions’ highly-anticipated Thanksgiving Day Classic for 2021 has been scheduled. As first reported by Bill Zimmerman of Windy City Gridiron, the Lions will face off against their in-division rival Chicago Bears for the Week 12 classic on November 25. That report has since been confirmed by two separate sources.
This will be the third time in four years the two teams will face off against each other on Thanksgiving. In 2018, Chase Daniel led the Bears over the Lions in a 23-16 victory. The following year, Mitchell Trubisky defeated a Matthew Stafford-less Lions team, 24-20.
Obviously, both teams will look significantly different than they did in those previous two matchups. The Lions have gone through a complete roster overhaul, including shipping Stafford to Los Angeles for Jared Goff. Meanwhile, the Bears have moved on from Trubisky and drafted Ohio State’s Justin Fields in the 2021 NFL Draft.
In Thanksgiving Day history, the Lions have faced off against the Chicago Bears 18 times. The Lions’ overall record in those games is 8-10.