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Nine things to watch for in Thanksgiving Day games

22 Novembre 2017

"Minnesota's one we have to have".

Can the Lions keep their Thanksgiving Day winning streak alive? The Giants were coming off a playoff season.

Although the Lions have won three straight against the Vikings, including a 14-7 road win this season, senior National Football League writer Pete Prisco believes the Detroit's winning streak over Minnesota is going to come to an end on Turkey Day.

Last season these two teams played a tense Thanksgiving game, with the Lions winning at the end thanks to an interception by Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford. To put that in perspective, the Browns have been the NFL's lowest scoring team this year, and even they average more than that (15 points per game).

Detroit returns home for Thursday afternoon's Vikings versus Lions betting matchup at Ford Field gunning for a fourth straight victory after edging the Chicago Bears 27-24 last weekend as three-point chalk that leaves the 6-4 Lions deadlocked with Atlanta and Seattle in the hunt for the second NFC wild-card spot. They may need every bit of that cushion to hang on down the stretch. Despite a running game that ranks 28th in the National Football League and a defense that ranks 23rd, Stafford has the Lions in the thick of the NFC playoff race at 6-4, and they could be even better than that. So far Murray hasn't been putting up the numbers he's capable of, but it'll be interesting to see what he does on Thursday.

Ansah, who's struggled as a pass rusher this year as he's dealt with back and knee injuries, is one of three starting defensive linemen who've missed time for the Lions this fall.

Lions QB Matt Stratford will lead the Lions offense on Thursday.

Before Cook's injury, the Vikings were averaging 108 yards per game. The Chargers vs. Cowboys game will be shown at 4:30 PM on CBS. Dallas is now 5-5 and at a severe risk of missing the playoffs entirely. If there's one thing Tate does well, it's making big plays.

Washington, in explaining the Lions' road success on Sunday - they're 4-1 on the road and just 2-3 at home - said defense travels, and that's something the Lions will be up against Thursday. But for some reason, I liked what I saw last Sunday.

"They're a very good team, they're on a roll", Caldwell said. The Washington Redskins cap off the night with a game against the New York Giants at 8:30 p.m. ET. For one, they are trained — some might say brainwashed — into having tunnel vision from the first time they suit up in high school. The 14-7 defeat at home on October 1 was Minnesota's last loss, actually, thanks to three lost fumbles and a ferocious performance by Detroit's defense that featured two sacks by Anthony Zettel.

Reiff took over as Detroit's left tackle midway through his rookie year in 2012, when he was drafted in the first round out of Iowa. He had 13 breakups all of last season.

Odell Beckham Jr. had a lot of promise for the upcoming year, but suffered an ankle injury that rendered him out for the remainder of the season. He has been stellar so far this season with 491 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

"We're doing a good job protecting", Zimmer said.

Win or lose on Thanksgiving Day - and the Vikings are narrow favorites to snap their three-game losing streak to the Lions - there's a lot to go before thinking about the Super Bowl, as Zimmer said.

Nine things to watch for in Thanksgiving Day games