Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 11/19/12
An earlier version of this article ran on November 23, 2011. Late Thursday morning, as families are preparing to begin a day of Thanksgiving gluttony, some young football fan will glance at the television and ask the question we’ve all asked at some point in our lives: “Why do the Lions always play for Thanksgiving?” Thanksgiving Day Football in 2012 For decades, kickoff in Detroit has coincided with the setting of the table on Thanksgiving Day; and for decades the Lions have been irrelevant by the time Thanksgiving came around. Nothing goes together quite like Lions and turkey. (Photo by Ryan Hawk, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle) Last year, America was given a reprieve when the 7-3 Lions hosted the undefeated Green Day Packers in a game with playoff implications. And, by historical standards, this year’s game isn’t bad. The Houston Texas will spend Thanksgiving in the Motor City. While the Texans bring an NFL-best 9-1 record and a three-game division lead into Ford Field, they looked vulnerable
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