Today’s first Thanksgiving Day game features the undefeated Green Bay Packers against the 7-3 Detroit Lions. Here is the TV and spread info, plus what our writing team has had to say about this game throughout the week, including our picks…and yours.
Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions Game Info
- Packers-Lions Date: Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24th
- Packers-Lions Kickoff Time: 12:30 PM EST
- Packers-Lions TV Network: FOX
- Packers-Lions Sirius: 92 (GB) | 86 (DET)
- Packers-Lions Announcers: Joe Buck and Troy Aikman
- Packers-Lions Point Spread: Packers -5.5
- Packers-Lions Over/Under: 55
Keith Mullet’s Packers-Lions Analysis and Pick
via Keith’s Thanksgiving Day football preview
Remember when the only think to look forward to about watching the Lions on Thanksgiving was seeing what havoc Barry Sanders would inflict upon their opponent? And remember when Sanders retired and everyone began lobbying for a different team to take Detroit’s place in the annual Thanksgiving slot?
The 2011 incarnation of the Lions, with Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Ndamukong Suh has shed all of those ugly memories, morphing into an offensive powerhouse with a penchant for overcoming huge leads and a mean streak on the defensive side.
Fortunately for us fans, the Lions will get to play the undefeated Packers, so the chance for a dramatic finish will be high.
The Packers looked a little less invincible this past week against Tampa Bay than they normally do, so it will be interesting to see what a short week against what is likely the toughest opponent they have faced yet this year will bring.
I expect both teams to be able to move the ball with ease, but I think the Lions will turn the ball over a couple of times and allow Green Bay to get out to a large lead. Despite the Lions’ ability to overcome double-digit deficits, I see them falling a little short in this one.
- Packers-Lions Spread Pick: Packers -5.5
Amanda Lawson’s Packers-Lions Analysis
via Amanda’s Packers-Lions Preview
Could it be a close game? Definitely.
Will it be? No.
The Packers’ defense will get the pressure on Stafford and get into his head. I expect at least one defensive touchdown for the Pack.
While Suh might put the pressure on Rodgers, it won’t be enough to throw off the Green Bay offense. Once they get rolling, they won’t stop.
Both teams are coming off a short week of practice and mental preparation. After a messy win over Tampa Bay for the Packers, they know they can’t make the mistakes they did in week 11 against the more solid Lions. The Lions are coming off a high with a win against the Carolina Panthers, but they still gave up a lot of points. Giving up points against the Panthers might be okay. Against the Packers, it’s a whole different ball game.
- Final Score: Green Bay: 35 | Detroit: 13
from the Week 12 Bettor’s Guide
My first instinct was to take the Packers and lay the points, for what it’s worth. But I’m going against my instinct here.
I think the Lions have been thinking about this game, perhaps more subconsciously than consciously, ever since they were beaten at home by the 49ers. This team has enough talent that when it’s focused it can beat anyone in the NFL.
The Packers haven’t lost in almost a year and the law of averages (and the NFL) will catch up to them at some point. Why not Thanksgiving, in Detroit, against a team riding high on the momentum of their second half last week?
If nothing else, it’ll be close.
- Packers-Lions free pick: Lions +5.5
But most importantly, what do you think?
Who do you think will win the Thanksgiving Day Classic between Green Bay and Detroit?
- Green Bay Packers (71%, 139 Votes)
- Detroit Lions (29%, 58 Votes)
Total Voters: 197
And if the history of football on Thanksgiving Day interests you, this is a must-read article by Josh Tinley.