Every year, there’s at least one Thanksgiving Day game NFL fans aren’t thankful for. It usually involves the perennially disappointing Detroit Lions. This year, in keeping with this tradition, the Lions will face off against the hapless Chicago Bears.
Unless you are a die-hard NFC North devotee, you might opt to let this game drone in the background as you—uggh— spend quality time your family.
But, we know there are fans out there who will be tuning in, either because of their Chicago/Detroit fandom or because of the numbing boredom that comes with being stuck at your parents’ house after all of your high school friends have moved away and the sweet memories of youth have faded like the autumn leaves. At least there’s football, right?
Neither the Bears nor the Lions have anything left to play for this season. Chicago’s solid defense has been undermined by the awful play of quarterback Mitch Trubisky. Detroit faded after a strong start. Once again, Matt Stafford piled up yardage without translating those numbers to wins, and now that he’s been sidelined by a back injury, what little hope the Lions had is dashed.
The Bears feel like they are just a QB away from being competitive whereas Lions coach Matt Patricia is going to have to think about a major overhaul if hopes to keep his job.
For those hearty souls who decide they actually want to subject themselves to this game, here’s everything you need to know to live stream Bears vs. Lions, including what to watch for on the field.
HOW TO WATCH BEARS VS. LIONS WITHOUT CABLE
Chicago Bears vs. New York Giants
When: 12:30pm ET, Thursday, Nov. 28
Where: Ford Field in Detroit
Streaming: FOX, NFL Sunday Ticket
There are a number of options for watching Bears vs. Lions on streaming platforms that carry FOX. However, consult a coverage map to see what game your regional channel will be playing.
If a game is not being carried in your area, the only option might be an NFL Sunday Ticket package.
Bears vs. Lions live stream: How to watch NFL online