The Detroit Lions playing on Thanksgiving is one of the longstanding traditions in the NFL. Unfortunately for the Lions in recent years, another tradition is the team having one of the worst records in the league. Detroit enters Thanksgiving winless in 10 games, entering the Turkey Day matchup with an 0-9-1 record and possibly starting backup quarterback Tim Boyle, though it’s also possible Jared Goff will be healthy enough to start.
Thursday may be the Lions’ best chance to get a win this season. Detroit faces a Chicago Bears team (3-2) that has lost five consecutive games, the latest against a Baltimore Ravens team that didn’t have Lamar Jackson or Marquise Brown available. Bears head coach Matt Nagy’s job is on the hot seat as Chicago’s season is spiraling out of control. Chicago isn’t expected to have starting quarterback Justin Fields in this one, as Andy Dalton is projected to get the nod on Thanksgiving.
Though this isn’t expected to be the best Thanksgiving matchup, the Bears-Lions game is an appetizer for the main course later in the afternoon. Here’s a preview of the Thanksgiving matinee:
How to watch
Date: Sunday, Nov. 21 | Time: 12:30 p.m. ET
Location: Ford Field (Detroit, Michigan)
TV: Fox | Stream: FuboTV (try for free)
Follow: CBS Sports App
Odds: Bears -3.5, O/U 41.5
Bears run offense vs. Lions run defense
The Bears’ best run performance of the season came against the Lions in Week 4. Chicago rushed for 188 yards in the win, the most rushing yards in a single game all season. The Bears ran the ball 68% of the time in a dominant effort on the ground, showcasing Chicago can have a competent offense when Nagy chooses to run it. Chicago is 3-0 in games in which it runs the ball on over 55% of its offensive snaps; 0-7 in games they rush less.
Look for the Bears to go to the right in this one when they run the ball, where they averaged 6.6 yards per carry…