2011 NFL Schedule: Can the Lions Finally Win on Thanksgiving?

Austin BrinesContributor IIApril 19, 2011

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 19:  Kicker Dave Rayner #3 of the Detroit Lions kicks the winning field goal in overtime against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the game at Raymond James Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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With seven straight Thanksgiving losses, many people have been calling for the Lions to lose their privilege of playing on Thanksgiving. People say that the Lions should not be allowed to embarrass themselves each year on national TV. Some younger Lions' fans wonder if the Lions can ever win on Thanksgiving.

Will this year be different against the Green Bay Packers? In my opinion, yes. The Lions will hopefully be in competition for a playoff spot, with a healthy quarterback and a talented offense.

At home, the Lions will be very ready to play. The Lions split the season series with the Champs last year and will have a chance to do better this year. The youth of the Lions will grow, and the leadership will give the Lions a chance to surprise many people.

At this point in the season, the Lions could have a very good record, while still not getting respect. Players will finally be able to show their talents on national TV, and they will not give away the chance. Backus and Raiola are the type of leaders you need to win a game like this.

The Lions will be pumped up and Schwartz and crew will come into Ford Field ready to rumble. Like the rest of you Lions fans, I am very excited to watch my Lions on a national stage. This team will have a lot to prove in this game and the very big Monday night game with the Bears. On Thanksgiving, I think we will definitely see what the Lions have in their team.

Will the team be a playoff contender or a 2012 hopeful? A Super Bowl champion or 0-16? Who knows what the 2011 season holds for us. One thing is for sure: After this Thanksgiving game, we will know what the Lions have in store for all their fans. Is a playoff season in store for us? We can only hope and pray. Go Lions!

Let me know what you think. Can we win this game? Will we be a playoff team? Let me know what you think in the comment section. Thank you for reading!