On Thanksgiving Day, the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings will square off in what will be an extremely important game in terms of the NFC North standings. With a win, the Lions (6-4) will climb to within one game of the Vikings (8-2) for 1st place in the North, while a loss would drop them three games back with just five games to play.
Both the Lions and Vikings held their last practice of the week before Thursday’s game and each team has released their final injury report.
As you can see, both CB Jamal Agnew and RB Dwayne Washington have already been ruled out, while DE Ezekiel Ansah and LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin are both listed as questionable.
If Ansah is able to take the field on Thursday, it could be a huge boost for a Lions defense that has struggled to get pressure on the quarterback on a regular basis.
Top 5 Thanksgiving games in Detroit Lions history
Although it might not seem possible, Thanksgiving is already upon us. Ahhh yes. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberries, family, and of course, Lions football. In honor of the holiday, let’s take a stroll down memory lane as we look at the top five Thanksgiving day games in the history of the Detroit Lions.
Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3) @ Detroit Lions (6-6) — 1983
Running back Billy Sims ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns. The Lions defense got the job done with five interceptions, and Detroit secured the win at the Pontiac Silverdome by a final score of 45-3. The Steelers, who came into the game with a record of 9-3, and were heavily favored to beat the 6-6 Lions. This was the Lions first victory over the Steelers since 1962, a 21-year gap. It would also be the largest defeat for the Steelers since a 49-7 beatdown by the Chicago Bears in 1947.
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