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Lions host Vikings for second straight year on Thanksgiving

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Last year, the Vikings and Lions played an exciting game on Thanksgiving. It was exciting enough to do it again.

The Lions will host their NFC North rivals again in 2017, a scheduling move that likely hasn’t happened in years.

After Minnesota and Detroit play to start the day, the Cowboys will host the Chargers. In prime time on NBC, Washington hosts the Giants.

In 2006, the NFL added a rotating night game to the traditional Thanksgiving doubleheader featuring the Lions and Cowboys hosting games.

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26 Responses to “Lions host Vikings for second straight year on Thanksgiving”
  1. vikinganswer says: Apr 20, 2017 8:12 PM

    The only time games should be played I’m Thursday. …Period

  2. maddmatter5 says: Apr 20, 2017 8:29 PM

    No offense to Viking fans, but I’m disappointed.

    Would rather of seen Pitt on Thanksgiving.

  3. dawoger says: Apr 20, 2017 8:56 PM

    Great News! Another holiday destroyed for the lavender Lokis. You skoltrolls better eat your turkey early cause if its a late dinner it’s gonna taste like the bottom of your sheep yard shoes.

  4. ninefingers9 says: Apr 20, 2017 9:12 PM

    Might be the toughest division in the league this year.

  5. f1restarter says: Apr 20, 2017 9:32 PM

    The only good thing about watching the Vikings on Thanksgiving is that you know they’ll be mathematically eliminated from the playoffs once it’s over.

  6. bdshaffer20 says: Apr 20, 2017 9:48 PM

    Eat your turkey early this year Vikings fans. Like 7:00am early cause another beat down and sweep is coming! #ONEPRIDE

  7. tyrobjenkins says: Apr 20, 2017 10:00 PM

    Thanks for giving Dallas an easy win on turkey day. Lame.

  8. johny248 says: Apr 20, 2017 10:01 PM

    I would have preferred Lions vs Packers. Much better Turkey Day match up

  9. senatorblutarsky says: Apr 20, 2017 10:53 PM

    Should be a good Turkey Day early game and should also be a nice victory for the Lions.

  10. vikingdoode says: Apr 21, 2017 12:13 AM

    I would have like to see the Lions play Pittsburgh, or Ravens… Im a Viking fan too dont like going to Dirtoit on a good eating holiday!

  11. italianhorn says: Apr 21, 2017 12:15 AM

    Haha the Lions will be back in the litter box where they belong this year . SKOL VIKINGS

  12. fansince68 says: Apr 21, 2017 2:36 AM

    Even after the draft it’ll be impossible to know who has the edge in this game. Lions have the QB but Minnesota’s defense is better. I’m surprised the Vikings got so many prime time games. Seems the NFL thinks they will rebound. I hope they’re right.

  13. eatme2259 says: Apr 21, 2017 7:07 AM

    Would much rather see the lions put a beat down on the packers.

  14. worldizending says: Apr 21, 2017 7:14 AM

    Last year…three games…one AFC team. This year, three games….one AFC team. I have no problem with the NFC, but I am an AFC guy….

  15. raiderrob21 says: Apr 21, 2017 7:26 AM

    I can always remember since I was a kid watching the Lions on Thanksgiving. However I can not remember ever watching the whole game or being very interested in it ever.

  16. kemp13 says: Apr 21, 2017 7:41 AM

    It’s so cute when Lions fans talk trash.

  17. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Apr 21, 2017 8:46 AM

    Too bad the Vikes aren’t hosting, they could roast some of the dead birds from the plaza.

  18. Purple People Eaters says: Apr 21, 2017 8:48 AM

    ninefingers9 says:
    Apr 20, 2017 9:12 PM
    Might be the toughest division in the league this year.

    —–

    Absolutely, with 3 of the 4 teams anyway, sorry Bears fans.

  19. whatjusthapped says: Apr 21, 2017 9:03 AM

    The NFL shows too much favor to the Lions, why else would they schedule such a cupcake opponent on the national stage?

    What, the Browns weren’t available?

  20. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 21, 2017 9:13 AM

    Did the NFL sit there and ask “what is the biggest black hole of suck game we can have on Thanksgiving?”

  21. 2ruefan says: Apr 21, 2017 12:19 PM

    The NFL shows too much favor to the Lions, why else would they schedule such a cupcake opponent on the national stage?

    What, the Browns weren’t available?

    Yeah, because the 3rd best pass defense in the league whom you beat by 3 points once and then lucked out in overtime is such a “cupcake”.

    Idiot…

  22. vavikingfan says: Apr 21, 2017 12:33 PM

    My rant: The Vikings, or any road team playing a Thursday game should have a bye the week before. I grew up with the Lions- Packers on Thanksgiving Day and then Dallas had to get into the act. I think the Dallas game should be rotating and not giving them a home game.

  23. staffordsyear says: Apr 21, 2017 1:08 PM

    Viking meat again?.. Fine.

  24. scotthochsdramaticweightgain1 says: Apr 21, 2017 1:15 PM

    The Lions have the look of an 0-16 team… again.

  25. dregonspengler says: Apr 21, 2017 1:28 PM

    eatme2259 says:
    Would much rather see the lions put a beat down on the packers.

    I’d rather see aliens land their spaceship on the 50 yard line at halftime.
    Both scenarios have an equal chance of actually happening.

  26. cheeseisfattening says: Apr 21, 2017 2:16 PM

    The NFL shows too much favor to the Lions,
    ———-
    Agreed, why should sure a historically horrible team be gifted this game every year just because of tradition? Give it to the expected top teams every year and stop wasting America’s time with a dud game for the first Tday game.

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