Last Meeting: October 25, 2015/ Minnesota 28-Detroit 19 at Ford Field
Thanksgiving Day is one of our favorite days of the year. One of things that makes Thanksgiving Day what it is, a great American Tradition, is the 12:00 kickoff of the Detroit Lions game. In most seasons, the Lions stink. But they still manage to put up a good fight most Thanksgiving Days. It is the biggest game on their schedule so they normally bring their best.
The Lions no longer stink. They are a playoff contender now with stars such as quarterback Matthew Stafford, Marvin Jones and Golden Tate. They will likely be in the fight for a playoff spot when this game rolls around. The Lions began the season with a road win over the Indianapolis Colts when Matt Prater hit a 43-yard field goal with 8 seconds left to give the Lions a 37-35 lead. The Lions were awarded two points as the Colts threw an illegal forward pass in the end zone on the game’s final play for a final score of 39-35.
The Vikings won the NFC North Division last season. They were dealt a crippling blow in the preseason when first string quarterback Teddy Bridgewater went down after blowing his knee out. The Vikings dealt for veteran quarterback Sam Bradford just before the regular season opener against Tennessee. However, Shaun Hill led them to a 25-16 win in that one.
With these two teams and the Green Bay Packers sure to be locked into a tight battle, this game could be very important in the playoff race.