Lions QB Matthew Stafford hopes to have a Happy Thanksgiving by beating the rival Chicago Bears.
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The Detroit Lions continue their annual Thanksgiving Day home game tradition by hosting the Chicago Bears in Week 13 of the NFL season.
In the first of three Thanksgiving games throughout the day, the 7-4 Lions host the Bears (5-6) with the hope that they can end their two game losing streak and continue on the road to the playoffs. The Lions have lost their last two games to the Arizona Cardinals and New England Patriots, while being outscored 15-48. A loss to the Bears would put them in a very tough spot with the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers rising in the ranks and the Eagles and Cowboys fighting for two playoff spots.
The Chicago Bears have managed to cool down the hot seats of head coach Marc Trestman and GM Phil Emery after two wins over Vikings and Buccaneers to bring them back to Earth and out of their skid of allowing 50+ points per game. While the Bears offense has not been the juggernaut that it was last year, they are doing just enough to stay competitive right now and will likely give the Lions defense fits throughout the game.
Prediction: Bears – With two straight wins the Bears are rolling and more importantly the defense has found its groove, giving up on 26 points in the last two games after allowing more than twice that in a game against the Packers three weeks ago. This will likely be an epic Thanksgiving shootout, but ultimately the revitalized Bears defense will steal the win and ruin Detroit’s Turkey Day.