Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions Thurs. Nov 24, 2011 12:30 p.m. EST
There are plenty of games in Week 12 that could be must-see caliber for avid NFL fans, but arguably the most anticipated game will happen on Thanksgiving Day with the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers going on the road to face off against the up-and-coming Detroit Lions for the first time this season.
At this point in time, the Packers are by far the better of the two NFC North teams coming into this matchup, but the Lions have been one team that many people think could pull off the upset over Green Bay. With the Lions having one of the best offenses in the NFL and a decent defense led by Ndamukong Suh, Detroit does have what it takes to take down the best team in the league and hand the undefeated Packers their first loss of the year.
Despite the obvious talent of the Lions and potential to pull off the upset in Week 12 over their arch division rivals, the Packers are team that has been resilient as any team in the league this season. Green Bay’s defense may not be what it was last season, but Clay Matthews and company are still good enough to force Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford to make crucial mistakes.
Even though the Detroit Lions’ offense is hard to stop once firing on all cylinders like they were last week against the Carolina Panthers and scored 49 points as a result, I believe the Green Bay Packers are the better all-around football team and should get their 11th win of the season on Thanksgiving Day.
As of right now, the Green Bay Packers are favored to come out on top in this NFC North division showdown with a -7 point spread. The Lions might make this game close, but in the end the Packers should prevail while covering the spread.
My Pick: Take the Packers at -7