- The Washington Times - Monday, November 27, 2017

For most, watching the NFL on Thanksgiving is the same as eating turkey on the holiday — you can’t go without it. This year, that might have changed.

NFL ratings were down on Thanksgiving, according to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King and Pro Football Talk.

The early game, a matchup between the Detroit Lions and the Minnesota Vikings, saw its ratings fall 12.3 percent compared to last year’s Lions-Vikings game. The number is also down 7.3 from the Eagles-Lions in 2015. But the Vikings-Lions still drew an 11.3 rating.

The next game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Los Angeles Chargers saw the biggest drop-off in one year. Cowboys-Chargers drew a 12.4 rating, but it was down nearly 20 percent from last year’s Redskins-Cowboys game.

Speaking of the Redskins, Thursday night’s snoozer with the New York Giants grabbed a 9.7 rating, down 10 percent — and nearly 34 percent from 2015.

Lower ratings have plagued the NFL all season long.

• Matthew Paras can be reached at mparas@washingtontimes.com.

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