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Lions poised to be favored on Thanksgiving for first time since 2000

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With the Packers likely again without quarterback Aaron Rodgers, numerous Nevada sports books have posted the Lions as anywhere from 5.5-to-6.5-point favorites over Green Bay on Thursday, via multiple line-tracking websites.

If the line holds — and it most likely will — the Lions will be favored at kickoff on Thanksgiving Day for the first time since 2000, according to Marc Lawrence’s 2013 College and Pro Football Stat and Log Book and Jim Feist point spread records. 

On November 23, 2000, the Lions, who were six-point favorites, defeated the visiting Patriots 34-9 in the Pontiac Silverdome on Thanksgiving.

The game is most notable for this reason: it was the regular-season debut of Tom Brady, who completed 1-of-3 passes for six yards in New England’s loss.

Two Thanksgivings later, the Patriots once again visited the Lions. This time, the game was at Ford Field, and Brady had become the Pats’ starter. And this time, the Patriots were six-point favorites. New England defeated Detroit, 20-12.

It was the second of 12 consecutive Thanksgivings in which Detroit was an underdog, a streak in which Detroit won just once.

Now, the 12-game underdog streak is just about over. And now, the Lions hope to do something about that winless streak that dates back to 2003, when they upset the Packers.

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25 Responses to “Lions poised to be favored on Thanksgiving for first time since 2000”
  1. garyman1 says: Nov 25, 2013 10:33 PM

    Fair enough…. just out of curiosity, how much were the Lions favored last week against Tampa Bay ?

  2. ziggystheansah says: Nov 25, 2013 10:40 PM

    If we self destructed vs Pittsburgh and TB, the bottom 10 of the league, I don’t want to imagine what GB will do. Even without Rodgers, we will find some way to lose…

  3. cags777 says: Nov 25, 2013 10:47 PM

    The Lions may be favored to win. But the NFL and refs have had something to say about that over the years – especially against the Packers. I am preparing myself for another Thanksgiving Day fiasco again with the Lions getting the short end of the stick. Sorry Lions fans.

  4. trapshoot says: Nov 25, 2013 11:05 PM

    Flynn still knows the Packers system and just may be able to engineer a win.

  5. mylionsroaring says: Nov 25, 2013 11:07 PM

    Lions only win when their backs are against the wall. After dropping the last couple games they should have won, I see this as a big can of whoop on a Packers team.

  6. thetruthcampaign says: Nov 25, 2013 11:14 PM

    I think all Lion’s fans are pissed off right now about how these guys are playing. We’re about 5% confident we can win any game at this point. Flynn could just heave it out into our secondary all day long and burn us on a few plays. So, I hope we win. It’s not like it means we’re a great team if we do win just because we may beat the now-proven failure Matt Flynn. But, the win goes a long way toward pushing back GB.

  7. f1restarter says: Nov 25, 2013 11:18 PM

    Mike McCarthy hasn’t announced Green Bay’s starting QB yet.

    The Vegas bookies would do well to remember what Matt Flynn did against Detroit two years ago…

  8. bennyb82 says: Nov 25, 2013 11:38 PM

    When was the last time Detroit was favored to beat GB?

  9. staffordsyear says: Nov 25, 2013 11:48 PM

    Yea?..like that means anything..smh.

  10. jerrysglassescleaner says: Nov 26, 2013 12:50 AM

    I’am still taking the Packers. My gut feeling says Packers are winning. It’s gonna be hilarious! Just WATCH!

  11. packerfansarefat says: Nov 26, 2013 1:05 AM

    Don’t worry Lions fans….this is truly as bad of a Green Bay team as we have EVER seen….Reggie Bush will run, NOT for yards…but for MILES against Fey Matthews and that horrible defense….relax and enjoy your Rogers…..oops, I mean turkey.

  12. timcast12 says: Nov 26, 2013 3:21 AM

    If Greenbay finds a way to win this game they will win the division

  13. tdubdizzle says: Nov 26, 2013 4:27 AM

    “When they upset the Packers” Do you want to bet on that?

  14. GenXJay says: Nov 26, 2013 5:06 AM

    How much novelty stock had to be sold for ShAaron to ride the pine?

  15. honolulubluekoolaid says: Nov 26, 2013 5:53 AM

    Bottom line is: if GB does not have Rodgers, Lions are expected to win this game. No excuse otherwise. Period.

  16. stellarperformance says: Nov 26, 2013 6:58 AM

    Lions fans….please don’t verbalize your expectations for losing. It sounds too much like Viking fans (they’ll be here shortly.) The only thing missing is juvenile insults and non-football related bragging, such as; our buildings are tall, our dogs are smart, and our bicycles are fast. Rise above it.

    Let’s have a good game. Good luck.

  17. thetruthcampaign says: Nov 26, 2013 8:38 AM

    bennyb82 says:
    When was the last time Detroit was favored to beat GB?

    When was the last time they were favored to beat Tampa? Last week. It didn’t matter. Take away any team’s league-leading QB, and many teams might be favored to beat them. It’s a must-win for the Lions for sure.

  18. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Nov 26, 2013 9:37 AM

    Mike I’m being 100% sincere when I say thank you so much for your unbiased reporting on the Lions. You’re a good, fair sportswriter who doesn’t feel the need to take unnecessary cheap shots in the opening and closing lines of your posts. I truly appreciate it.

  19. mortalkondek says: Nov 26, 2013 10:18 AM

    After last week’s debacle I am not sure who would win this game.

  20. muskyhunter2542 says: Nov 26, 2013 11:21 AM

    Look, lets be real here. I dont see Green Bay winning this game this week without Rodgers. The Lions have been given a gift here for The Packers to not have him.
    If The Lions dont win this game and win this division. They are an epic joke!!!
    The Packers are a top 5 team in the NFL when healthy. However, I have never in my 30+ years of watching Packer Football seen anything like this. I just see this as a waste of a season for The Packers. Knowing what they have, should they be healthy next season, I see this as a fluke and The Packers will walk through the north next season. Rodgers will have another one of those chips on his shoulder (not a break) and a few good draft picks, and a schedule that should be pretty easy with a 3rd place finish.
    I hate to say it because we havent said it since the 80′s by wait till next year!!!

  21. obsessedvikingfan says: Nov 26, 2013 11:30 AM

    Green Bay hasn’t beat a team with a winning record for 3 straight weeks. So what do you think a Lion’s team with a winning record will do to them?

    2 years in a row the Packers couldn’t sweep a regular season series against a Vikings team all of their fans say they are 100 times better than.

  22. contra74 says: Nov 26, 2013 11:51 AM

    f1restarter says:
    Nov 25, 2013 11:18 PM
    The Vegas bookies would do well to remember what Matt Flynn did against Detroit two years ago…
    —-
    And Packer fans say they never live in the past…

  23. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 26, 2013 12:02 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    Nov 26, 2013 6:58 AM
    Lions fans….please don’t verbalize your expectations for losing. It sounds too much like Viking fans (they’ll be here shortly.) The only thing missing is juvenile insults and non-football related bragging, such as; our buildings are tall, our dogs are smart, and our bicycles are fast. Rise above it.

    Let’s have a good game. Good luck.

    ********************************************

    Good sportsmanship!

    It’s why I’m proud to be a Packer fan.

  24. obsessedvikingfan says: Nov 26, 2013 12:44 PM

    2 years in a row the Packers couldn’t sweep a regular season series against a Vikings team all of their fans say they are 100 times better than.

  25. stellarperformance says: Nov 26, 2013 7:10 PM

    obsessedvikingfan says:
    Nov 26, 2013 12:44 PM
    2 years in a row the Packers couldn’t sweep a regular season series against a Vikings team all of their fans say they are 100 times better than.
    //////////////////////////////////

    Whew. That’s a stretch. Whatever gets you through the night.

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