FiveThirtyEight: The Lions might be saving Thanksgiving

Neil Paine previews the Thanksgiving day matchup between the Lions and the Vikings and discusses why, for once, the Lions might be a highlight this year.
1:25 | 06/18/18

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Transcript for FiveThirtyEight: The Lions might be saving Thanksgiving
For many Americans football is as much a part of Thanksgiving is eating Turkey and watching parades. But that doesn't always mean good football is a part of that tradition as this year's matchup show. They tipping holiday has been home to some pretty mediocre games over the years in the Detroit Lions seem to be one of the big reasons why. There been five franchises since 1920 that it played in twenty or more Thanksgiving games and only the lions who will be playing on Thanksgiving for a league high 78 time this Thursday. At an average low rating under 15100. The league average going into the game. Maybe Thanksgiving football would be better off without its longstanding Detroit connection but an odd twist the lions are actually saving Thanksgiving it's year. Their matchup against the vikings this week is that seventh best Thanksgiving games since 2000 according to you know. And that's in no small part because the lions are actually pretty good this seat. They're currently ranked tenth in the league in the U and their matchup against the vikings who ranked seventh. Is by far the best matchup on theirs. Adding injury to the game this NFC north match up can have some major playoff implications for the lives they currently have a 51% chance of making the playoffs. And if they beat the division rivals those chances go up to 71%. But if they lose their odds drop to 28 perks. According to are you a model we have Detroit slightly favored with a 53% chance to win the game.

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