Thanksgiving opens with the Green Bay Packers visiting the Detroit Lions at 12:30 PM ET at Ford Field in the first game of the Thursday tripleheader, for the NFL’s week 13.
The matchup is brutal for both teams; the Lions are 6-5 leading the NFC North division and the Packers are right there with a 5-5-1 record.
Detroit recently lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home on Sunday and desperately need to bounce back. “As disappointing as this was, it doesn’t eliminate us from anything,” Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said. “It just raises the urgency level for the next five games.”
The Packers tied with the Vikings 26-26, and now have four wins without a win since they lost Aaron Rodgers.
“It’s an empty feeling. You go out there and didn’t lose the game,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “But you feel like you didn’t accomplish what you set out to do.”
Matt Flynn finally had his shot with the Packers this season and threw 218 yards against Vikes, plus a TD without an interception. “Looking at the guys’ eyes in the huddle, I don’t think there was any doubt,” Flynn said. “I’m proud of the guys for fighting, but we just have to finish.”
The Lions are 5 point favorites in the NFL betting odds, and the game total is at 50.2. Detroit is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Green Bay, and 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against the Packers.