NFL Thanksgiving Day Game Predictions

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Oct 6, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) looks to pass against Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk (50) in the 3rd quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Green Bay Packers (5-5) at Detroit Lions (6-5)

This, my friends, is a very important game for not only the NFC North, but for the NFC Playoff picture in general.

If the Lions were to win this game, in which they are the Las Vegas favorites by 6.5 points, they would take a two-game division lead over the Packers, leaving just four games left on the schedule.

It looks as though the Packers are going to be without Aaron Rodgers when the game kicks off at 12:30 p.m. EDT on FOX, so the starting QB looks to be Matt Flynn, so that also works in the Lions’ favor.

Everything about this game is in the Lions’ favor. They are at home. The Packers are on their fourth quarterback of the season, and the Lions have the best wide receiver in the NFL (Calvin Johnson), so if they don’t leave Ford Field with a two-game lead on Green Bay, they’ll have nobody to blame but themselves.

My player to watch, though, besides Megatron, is running back Reggie Bush. The Packers allow 115.5 yards rushing per game, so with the thought of the Lions getting more offensive chances due to the Packers’ QB issues, Bush and Johnson could end up being the Players of the Game.

Game Prediction: Lions 35, Packers 17

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