The Green Bay Packers have spoiled home Thanksgiving for the Detroit Lions every other year since 2007. Calvin Johnson has a chance to return the favor after watching his team fall short against the Pack on Turkey Day thrice since his rookie year.
Whether Aaron Rodgers can return from fractured collarbone will play a major role in determining where the point spread generally ends up Thursday morning, even though Matt Flynn did good work against the Minnesota Vikings today while the Lions coughed up a home win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
NFL Week 13 Matchup, Game Time and TV Info: Green Bay Packers (5-5-1) at Detroit Lions (6-5) (12:30 p.m. ET Thursday on FOX)
Point Spread Prediction: Packers by 2.5 (if/when Rodgers declared starter) (Early line: Lions by 5.5)
I went out on a limb to (provisionally) declare A-Rodg (gonna make that stick) healthy enough to start against the Lions. This was marked the earliest realistic date when he went down injured on Monday night weeks ago and I wouldn’t put it past Rodgers to tough this one out, as he proved capable of doing back in an injury-marred 2009 campaign. The continued emergence of Jarrett Boykin during his time out will also leave on nice present for Rodgers’ return.
Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley were kept fairly quiet in the Packers’ comfortable win over Detroit earlier this year, but both went nuts the last time these teams met in Detroit. Green Bay must also face Megatron for the first time this season after Matt Stafford went without his services a few weeks ago.
Key Matchup: Clay Matthews vs. Riley Reiff
Matthews continues to regain his form following the hand fracture and faces a test in the capable young left tackle.