History and tradition are no further behind this years Lions team than every play on game day. They dont focus on the last game or the last season.
Its a team that plays in the moment to fulfill its expectations.
Thanksgiving Days special attraction is undeniable, for what it has meant to the Lions and the city of Detroit, and for what it has grown to represent on a grander scale since the Lions began it in their first season in Detroit in 1934.
But tradition and history arent in the forefront of the Lions thoughts as they play the unbeaten Green Bay Packers at Ford Field on Thursday.
Neither is the notion of any game or opponent being used as a measuring stick for where they stand in a building program that has elevated faster than most people expected to make them playoff contenders this season.
Coach Jim Schwartz has bristled at the suggestion that playing the Packers or any other team is a yardstick game for the Lions.
I dont think weve ever used anything as a yardstick ...