Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/27/13
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford in his first Thanksgiving game on November 26, 2009 (Photo Credit: Reuters/Rebecca Cook) The Green Bay Packers (5-5-1) travel to Detroit to take on the division-leading Lions (6-5) on Thanksgiving Day. The Packers won, 22-9, in their first meeting this season, but this week’s matchup will surely be an entirely different type of game.  Since week five, the Packers have lost quarterback Aaron Rodgers to injury, while wide receiver Calvin Johnson has been back and rolling for the Detroit Lions. Packer fans have no fear as backup plan Matt Flynn has been named their starting quarterback for tomorrow’s game.  Detroit knows that name all too well.  Flynn threw for 480 passing yards and six touchdowns to beat the Lions, 45-41, on New Year’s Day, 2012.  The Lions’ loss made them the sixth seed in the playoffs and were sent to New Orleans.  The rest is history. The Packers are on a five-game winning streak against the Lions and have won 15 of their last 16 meeting between teams.  Not exactly a ringing endorsement for a Leo victory; however, there are a few matchups that fall in their favor on “Turkey Day.” Megatron has amassed 861 receiving yards in his last five games setting an NFL record for a five-game span. Johnson is also red-hot against the Green Bay averaging 168.3 receiving yards in their last three meetings. Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy leads the NFL with 755 rushing yards since October 1.  Lacy will be facing the fourth-best run defense in the NFL.  The Lions have not allowed anyone to gain more than 45 rushing yards in a game since Lacy ran for 99 yards in week five.  The Lions have not given up a 100-yard rusher all season. The Lions secondary will continue to struggle as top cornerback Chris Houston is doubtful for the game.  Although Houston has not been nearly as effective this year.  Every week it seems like he gets burned for a big score.  Last week, it was an 85-yard bomb to Buccaneers wide receiver Tiquan Underwood. The Lions defensive line will have to keep up the pressure in his place.  In last week’s loss to the Buccaneers, Ndamukong Suh and company sacked the quarterback four times.  Rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah collected two of the four in his return from an ankle injury. Prediction The Lions need this win to keep first place in the division after a two-game skid.  The Packers defense is weak ranking 20th against the pass and 19th against the run. Unlike 2011, Matt Flynn will not be able to keep up with the Lions offense.  Calvin Johnson changes everything. Lions win 31-24    
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