What a match we have to kick off the Thanksgiving Day slate of games!
The current leaders of the NFC North, the Detroit Lions, host the Green Bay Packers in a game that could easily decide who does and who doesn't make the playoffs from this division.
After the Packers tied the Minnesota Vikings last week their record stands at 5-5-1; the Lions have a slim lead at the top at 6-5, only ahead of the 6-5 Chicago Bears by virtue of their head-to-head record.
Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers is highly unlikely to feature in this game so do the Packers stand a chance in this crucial game?
Here are some predictions for Thursday night.
No. 1: Calvin Johnson will catch three touchdown passes and finish with 200+ yards
Green Bay's passing defence is 20th overall. Detroit's passing attack is third best in the league. You do the math. Matthew Stafford will be throwing lasers all day to Calvin Johnson and there won't be much the Packers will be able to do to stop it, especially with Nate Burleson returning to the Lions' lineup the Packers won't be able just to put three people on Johnson because there is now someone who can capitalize for the Lions.
As long as Stafford doesn't repeat his four interception performance last week against the Buccaneers, it should be a productive day for the Lions through the air.
No. 2: Eddie Lacy will have over 150 rushing yards
Despite the fact that the Lions possess the fourth best run defense in the league in terms of yards allowed, only allowing an average of 88 yards per game to opposing backs, I think the rookie out of Alabama will have his best game of the year, passing the 150 yards he had against the Bears in Week 9.
Lacy has been the main force behind the Packers having the fifth best running game in the league. As soon as I saw that Green Bay had drafted Lacy I knew he would more than likely be Rookie of the Year, and as he appraoches a 1,000-yard season it is hard to say he isn't worthy of the award.
No. 3: Ndamukong Suh will do something fine-worthy
It happened against the Packers last time they matched up on Thanksgiving, why can't it happen again? In a game that will be full of short fuses sue to the importance of winning for both teams, Suh's fuse will more than likely run out and he will do something silly, although I'm not going to be the person to tell him that.
My prediction for the game: 37-24 to the Lions. It doesn't matter who is playing quarterback for the Packers, if it isn't Aaron Rodgers, they aren't winning. Megatron and Stafford will be far to much for Green Bay to handle and they will give the Lions a great chance of finishing the season top of the NFC North.