The New England Patriots travel to take on the Detroit Lions this Thursday in the first game of the Thanksgiving holiday at Ford Field in Detroit.
At 8-2, New England has a very real chance to win the AFC East and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Lions, meanwhile, are without quarterback Matthew Stafford for the rest of the season and sit at 2-8, having lost on Sunday in Dallas.
On paper, this one is a laugher. The Patriots should walk away with the easy win, and have every reason to feel confident as they prepare during the short week. As long as they are sufficiently rested from a grueling 31-28 win over Indianapolis, that is likely the way things will go.
For the Lions to pull off an upset, a lot needs to go right. Yet, if they could somehow beat the Patriots at home on Thanksgiving, it would go a long way toward redeeming a long-lost season for Detroit. The sheer energy such a win might generate would be a great way for the Lions to head into the final stretch of the season, during which they play each of their NFC North rivals at home. It could be the time for the franchise to begin to really move forward.
Of course, it's very unlikely, but here are ten things the Lions need to do if they want to get a surprising and electrifying victory over New England Thursday.