The New England Patriots travel to the Motor City for a Thanksgiving showdown with the Lions, who are annual turkey-day warriors.
Last week, the Patriots defeated the Colts, 31-28, when Peyton Manning threw an interception with under a minute remaining. Manning was leading the Colts down the field, and back from a 31-14 fourth quarter deficit, when he threw the game-ending interception from the Patriots 24-yard line.
Meanwhile, the Detroit Lions took a second half beating on the road in Dallas, losing 35-19.
The Lions are not technically eliminated from the playoffs, but they stand little chance of making the most miraculous run to the playoffs in NFL history. On the other sideline, the Patriots will be playing to continue their battle with the Jets for the AFC East crown and with the Ravens and Patriots for home field advantage and a first round bye.
The Lions are 33-35-2 on Thanksgiving Day and the Patriots are 1-2. Both of the Lions wins have come at home and both of the Pats losses have come on the road.
The Lions have a productive pass offense, generating 255.9 yards per game through the air, which is good for sixth in the league. It should serve them well against the Patriots, who have the 31st ranked pass defense that allows 289.6 yards per game.
No indicators pop out at you when examining the matchup that would suggest the Patriots are going to win. However, that seems to be the case most weeks with the Patriots and they just keep on winning.
It's impossible to pick against the Patriots here. They find a way to not only win, but do so impressively week in and week out, while the Lions seem to find a way to lose most weeks. Following the trend of the Patriots past few games, they will most likely build up a lead, allow the Lions to throw all over their pass defense in the second half, but still pull out a decently comfortable win.
Patriots win, 35-27