The Lions haven’t played a truly competitive Thanksgiving game since 2003. (Really.)
But this year’s team is a lot better than their 2-8 record would indicate and they are showing it early against the Patriots. The Lions have dominated the early action, jumping to a 14-3 lead midway through the second quarter.
Detroit is getting contributions from a dormant running game (66 yards, none from Jahvid Best) and Shaun Hill has done a good job extending plays with his legs.
The difference has been up front. The Patriots get no pass rush, while Tom Brady has been hammered repeatedly.
The Lions are 2-2 at home this year, with three point losses to the Eagles and Jets.