TV Schedule: Thursday, Nov. 28, 12:30 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: Ford Field
Weather: High 28, Low 21
Line: Detroit (-6)
In the annual Thanksgiving game, the Detroit Lions will be facing a familiar foe. While the Lions are coming off two consecutive ugly losses to teams with losing record, they will be looking to take control of the division with a win. Matthew Stafford has led one of the best passing attacks in the NFL this season with 3,495 yards along with 25 touchdowns, but he threw four interceptions a week ago, leading to a loss. Calvin Johnson has taken advantage of Stafford’s success, catching 66 passes for 1,198 yards and 11 touchdowns — he has been the best wide out in the league this season. Reggie Bush has also been successful running and receiving the ball, rushing for 737 yards and two scores and catching 40 passes for 383 yards and two scores.
It has been a tough few weeks for the Green Bay Packers as they have seen their NFC North title hopes seemingly go down the drain with a shoulder injury to star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Matt Flynn was brought back to the team in order to fill in for the injured QB, but he has struggled in recent years and hasn’t had a good game since he played the Lions in 2011. Rodgers had been solid this season before getting injured, passing for 2,218 yards and 15 touchdowns as Jordy Nelson had been his top target. Nelson has 61 catches for 947 yards and seven touchdowns on the year — all team-highs for a depleted wide out group. Eddie Lacy has been phenomenal in his first season as an NFL running back, rushing for 806 yards and six touchdowns.
Defensively, the Lions have not been very impressive in 2013. Ranking in the bottom half of nearly every major defensive category, the Lions rank 22nd in both points allowed and total yards allowed, but they have been better against the run than most teams, ranking fourth in the league in rush yards allowed per game. Green Bay has been average in every category, not ranking higher than 18th or lower than 20th in any major category.
PREDICTION: Packers 24, Lions 34