The Thanksgiving NFL tripleheader kicks off, as it always does, in Detroit — where the Lions have made a tradition out of making everybody wish the Macy’s parade hadn’t ended. But this year, for a change, the Lions are not terrible. In fact, they share first place in the NFC North at 6-4 with the Minnesota Vikings — who just happen to be their Thanksgiving opponent.
The first meeting between these two squads took place in Minnesota on Nov. 6. That day, the Lions pulled out a 22-16 overtime win, and made themselves a player in the NFC North race. They’ve done so behind the stellar play of quarterback Matthew Stafford — who, despite the retirement of all-world wide receiver Calvin Johnson has led the team to a strong season.
The Vikings stopped their four game losing streak last week with a crucial win over Arizona. At 5-0, Minnesota was the toast of the NFL. Now, with NFC East teams New York and Washington in strong wild card position, the Vikings do not want to fall one game behind Detroit with just five games left in the season. (And Detroit would have the tiebreaker by virtue of two head-to-head wins.)
Kickoff is at 12:30 p.m. ET. The game will air on CBS, with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms on the call. CBS will also stream the game on its app, which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store, Google Play, and the Windows Store.
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