Lions vs Bears For quite a while, the Detroit Lions consistently humiliated themselves on . Their yearly custom exhibited how oppressed the establishment had progressed toward becoming.
Of late, however, the Lions have turned out to be great on the occasion organize. They have won four straight Thanksgiving Day diversions at Ford Field, helping them to make the playoffs in two of those seasons.
“Playing significant football on Thanksgiving is a mess of fun,” quarterback Matthew Stafford said. “This year ought to be the same. Whenever you win on Thanksgiving, it’s an impact. The turkey tastes a mess better.”
The Lions, who lost nine straight amusements on Thanksgiving preceding the streak, require another triumph this Thursday to have any reasonable any expectation of getting the streaking Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North. Minnesota (8-2), which has won six straight, holds a two-diversion lead over second-put Detroit (6-4).
The division rivals confront each other on Thanksgiving for the second in a row season.
In the course of the last four seasons, the Lions have crushed out various low-scoring prevails upon the Bears. Detroit, which conveys a three-diversion winning streak into Thursday’s challenge, has won five of the last seven gatherings. The Lions have vanquished the Bears three straight circumstances in spite of scoring a consolidated four touchdowns.
They won at Minnesota in additional time last season 22-16, at that point utilized three Matt Prater field objectives to squeak out a 16-13 triumph last Thanksgiving. Prater penetrated two more in a 14-7 win at Minnesota on Oct. 1. Detroit recuperated three bungles that evening.
“We haven’t scored enough focuses,” Vikings mentor Mike Zimmer said. “We had 16, 13 twice and kicked a 60-yard field objective once. Last (time) 14-7. We turned the ball more than three times last amusement and we got in the red zone and haven’t changed over.”
The Vikings haven’t lost since, in spite of youngster running back Dalvin Cook supporting a season-finishing knee damage that day. Case Keenum has grabbed the quarterback work and wind up plainly one of the alliance’s most effective passers.
Keenum has finished 68.2 percent of his endeavors in the course of the last three diversions, including seven touchdowns, while getting picked off only three times.
“We’re making a decent showing with regards to securing,” Zimmer said. “We’re changing our insurances and he’s making a decent showing with regards to moving in the pocket. He’s taking care of business the ball to the correct place. The thing I like the most about Case is he has enormous (guts). He’s not anxious. He will pull the trigger and play that way. That is something to be thankful for.”
Minnesota’s guard has been similarly as strong. It held down the powerful Los Angeles Rams assault in a day in and day out win on Sunday. The Rams increased only 45 yards on 17 conveys.
The Vikings can take a stranglehold on the division in the event that they keep the streak going. A Detroit win would not just force it inside a round of the lead yet in addition secure the sudden death round with the Vikings.
“They’re a decent group. They’re doing great,” Lions mentor Jim Caldwell said. “We’re not stressed over repercussions. We’re not stressed over the greater part of the development and things of that nature. We’re stressed over how we play, and that is the thing that our objective is — to get concentrated in on our arrangement, and prepare to play an intense, hard-battled amusement.”
Caldwell’s club had a harsh time with Chicago before hauling out a 27-24 triumph on Sunday. Prater kicked a thumbs up, 52-yard field objective with 1:35 remaining and Bears kicker Connor Barth missed a potential tying field objective attempt in the end seconds.
On account of Detroit’s person on foot hurrying assault, Stafford has kept on conveying the hostile load. He’s finished 63.1 percent of his goes with 19 touchdowns while getting picked off only five times.
The Lions have found the middle value of 31.7 focuses amid the three-diversion winning streak with Stafford tossing seven touchdown passes. He’s been splendid the previous five Thanksgiving diversions, with 13 touchdown hurls contrasted with two capture attempts.
“Huge arm, a great deal of versatility, makes a considerable measure of plays for his group,” Vikings wellbeing Anthony Harris said. “He’s not reluctant to put it up there and give his collectors a chance to catch it.”
The Lions could have protective end Ziggy Ansah accessible after he missed the Bears amusement with back damage. Top kick returner Jamal Agnew (knee) and running back Dwayne Washington (hip) missed practice on Tuesday.
Vikings hostile handle Mike Remmers stays in the association’s blackout convention.
OPENING LINE — Lions by 2
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Minnesota 7-3, Detroit 5-4-1
Arrangement RECORD — Vikings lead 71-39-2
LAST MEETING — Lions beat Vikings 14-7, Oct. 1
A week ago — Vikings beat Rams every minute of every day; Lions beat Bears 27-24
AP PRO32 RANKING — Vikings No. 4, Lions No. 12
VIKINGS OFFENSE — OVERALL (5), RUSHING (8), PASSING (11)
VIKINGS DEFENSE — OVERALL (5), RUSHING (2), PASSING (11)
LIONS OFFENSE — OVERALL (16), RUSHING (28), PASSING (6)
LIONS DEFENSE — OVERALL (23), RUSHING (18), PASSING (20)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Lions have won three straight in arrangement and nine of last 14. Preceding that, Minnesota won 22 of 25. … Vikings are 5-2 on Thanksgiving Day. Detroit has won past four Thanksgiving amusements subsequent to losing past nine. Lions are 37-38-2 on Thanksgiving, including 16-13 prevail upon Minnesota last season. This is first time Detroit will confront same rival on Thanksgiving in consecutive years since Lions split two diversions with Chicago in 1979-80. … Vikings QB Case Keenum had 584 yards passing and 110.5 passer rating over past two recreations. … Minnesota’s Adam Thielen is second in NFL with 916 yards getting and second player in establishment history with no less than 60 gets and 900 yards in group’s initial 10 recreations. Randy Moss fulfilled that in 2003. … Vikings DE Everson Griffen is tied for fourth in NFL with 10 sacks. … Detroit QB Matthew Stafford has 2,219 yards passing and 15 TD passes on Thanksgiving, positioning No. 2 allied history in both details. … Four-amusement Thanksgiving winning streak measures up to longest for Lions since winning six straight from 1950-55. Detroit additionally won four in push from 1997-2000. … Detroit RB Ameer Abdullah kept running for 94 yards and TD in last meeting with Vikings. Dream Tip: Lions have not had 100-yard rusher since Reggie Bush had 117 on Thanksgiving against Green Bay in 2013. May be better taking a gander at Minnesota RBs.