Three division rivalries that carry postseason weight are expected to present a slate of games on Thanksgiving as memorable as the meal.
Here’s a quick primer previewing the ins and outs of each of the three games on Thursday.
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions
12:30 p.m. ET on CBS
If the season ended today, the Lions (7-4) would be the first team out of the NFC bracket, but they can play their way back into January football with a strong finish to the season.
To do that, Detroit needs to snap a two-game losing streak, in which the team’s offense has scored a total of 15 points against the Arizona Cardinals and New England Patriots.
“We have no comfort zone,” Lions coach Jim Caldwell said. “We have no area that we are comfortable with at this point in time with our offense.”
The Lions rank 28th in the NFL in scoring (17.9 points per game), despite having talent at the skill positions. For Detroit to snap out of its slump, quarterback Matthew Stafford needs to connect with wide receiver Calvin Johnson early and often against Chicago. The good news for Detroit is that running back Reggie Bush, who has been nursing an injured ankle said he expects to play.
Source: USA Today | Lorenzo Reyes