Thanksgiving Day Football – Packers vs. Lions Preview

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lions In this episode of the Red Light Sports Ramble, Evan and Troy preview  Thanksgiving Day Football between the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers.  There is more than a Happy Thanksgiving win at stake Thursday, the Packers season may be defined by the outcome.  A win by the Packers would put them a 1/2 game ahead of the Lions but would own the head to head tiebreaker because it would be a clean sweep this year.  A Lions win would position them in first place and have a 1 1/2 game lead over the Packers with 4 games to play.

Thanksgiving Day Football has been a tradition of the NFL every year, traditionally with the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys hosting the game.  Since 2006, Thanksgiving Day Football has been played in the evening with a third host team.  The Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions have played 20 times on Thanksgiving and the Lions lead the series 11-8-1.

When the Packers and Lions meet for the 167th time, you can throw out every record in the history books.  People can argue that the Packers have a 15-1 record in the prior 16 games and have the Lions number; however, this game will come down to two things for the Packers.  First how well will the Packers offensive line plays?  Will they be able to open up running lanes for Eddie Lacy against a stingy Lions run defense?  Will they be able to protect the quarterback (all signs are pointing to Matt Flynn)?  With the Lions poised to stop Eddie Lacy, Matt Flynn will need to test the Lions secondary deep.  Whether or not they connect on these deep throws doesn’t matter.  What matters is to show the Lions that they are willing to take a chance down field which will force the safeties to play back.  Secondly, can the defense finally dig deep and find a big play that has been lacking all year?  If the Packers don’t create turnovers they can not play point for point with this potent Lions offense.

Listen to the prediction for Thanksgiving Day Football between the Packers and Lions

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