The Washington Redskins have never hosted a Thanksgiving game in team history, but that will change this year. They’re set to play the New York Giants. The report comes from the Washington Post’s Master Tesfatsion, who wrote:
“For the first time in franchise history, the Washington Redskins will host a Thanksgiving Day game. The New York Giants come to FedEx Field on Nov. 23, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. It’s slated to be the Thursday night contest, a game the NFL added in 2006 to complement its traditional doubleheader hosted by the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys.”
Though they have never hosted, the Redskins have been involved in nine Thanksgiving Day games, in part because the Cowboys, a division rival, historically play on the holiday. The Redskins have played them eight different times, all in Dallas. They also went to Detroit once and played the Lions. Overall, they have won two of those games and lost the other seven times. One of those losses came last year, when the Cowboys beat them by a score of 31-26.
The last time that the Redskins played back-to-back Thanksgiving Day games was in 1973, against Detroit, and in 1974, against Dallas.
It could potentially be a huge game for the Redskins, who have revamped their offense to a large degree in the offseason. They missed the playoffs last year, put QB Kirk Cousins on the franchise tag again for 2017, and are hoping to pass either the Cowboys or the Giants – last year’s playoff teams from the NFC East – to get into the postseason.