NFL Thanksgiving Day: Green Bay Packers Need Victory Over Detroit Lions To Stay In Playoff Hunt

By Trevor Lowry
Eddie Lacy
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This NFL Thanksgiving Day game would have been more intriguing if Aaron Rodgers was playing, but that will not be the case. Still, this is a matchup between two teams fighting for a division title. With that in mind, the Green Bay Packers need the victory over the Detroit Lions to stay in the playoff hunt.

A win for either team would be huge, but the Packers have lost three out of their last four games. Green Bay managed to tie Minnesota last game.

As for the Lions, they are on a two-game skid.

Matt Flynn threw for 218 yards and one touchdown against Minnesota last game. However, it was only a couple of years ago when Flynn went off for 480 yards and six touchdown passes against Detroit. I am sure Flynn won’t do anything like that in this matchup, but a 300-yard passing game and a couple of TDs is certainly not out of the question.

As I am sure anyone could have guessed, Matthew Stafford will be the Lions’ QB in this contest. Stafford is coming off of a game that I am sure him and Detroit would like to forget. He threw four interceptions, which resulted in a loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Stafford has a couple of weapons that could come up big in this one. You may have heard of them: Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush.

Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy has had a solid outing in his first year in the NFL. He currently has 806 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns.

These two teams already met earlier in the season. Green Bay won that contest by the score of 22-9, but it also had Rodgers in the lineup.

Regardless, a good performance out of Flynn would be huge and Green Bay really does need this victory over Detroit–if it plans on making the playoffs this year.

Whether the case, this matchup should provide plenty of entertainment on this Thanksgiving Day.

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