Originally written on Sidelion Report  |  Last updated 11/4/14
The Thanksgiving Day game is a custom that Detroit invented, but it rarely has meaning beyond the tradition and memories invoked. This year’s Turkey Day matchup is a black and blue rivalry reminiscent of the NFC Norris division of old. And to make the rivalry more intense, this game has meaning for both teams, especially the Lions, who need to keep pace with the Bears, Falcons, and Cowboys, in search of a wildcard. Aaron Rodgers vs. Ndamukong Suh and Nick FairleyDetroit’s pass rush has been primarily from the edge this season, with defensive ends Cliff Avril, Kyle VandenBosch, Willie Young, and Lawrence Jackson applying most of the pressure. The interior rush has not been as dominant as it was last season, largely in part to the attention being paid to Ndamukong Suh.The addition of Nick Fairley to the interior of the line has given the Lions a nice interior rotation to accompany that of the defensive ends. Fairley finally being healthy, and able to take some quality snaps against Ca...
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