Green Bay Packers Thanksgiving Preview vs. Detroit Lions

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Green Bay Packers Thanksgiving Preview vs. Detroit Lions
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This fan has been getting ready for the 2011 Thanksgiving Day clash with Green Bay 11 months ago

As a fan of the Green Bay Packers, I have a lot to be thankful for.

We are the defending Super Bowl champions. We are 10-0, giving us a 16-game winning streak.

We have the best quarterback in the league, and Skip Bayless continues to provide him the motivation to be better even while the entire rest of the country acknowledges the Packers made the right move not taking Brett Favre back.

And because I live on the Left Coast, I get to wake up, roll over and grab the remote control just in time to turn on a marquee matchup for my marquee team. Could this be the week the Packers lose?

For one, the Lions hold most of the intangible advantages—home field, 30 more hours than Green Bay has between the first of their three games and this one and out-scoring the Packers in last year's head-to-head.

Green Bay has the target on its back, and other teams will always want to beat the Packers more than the Packers need to win.

The Packers are penalized considerably less than the Lions and do have the better coaching staff, but it does not offset all of the above.

So how do the players match up?

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