“We don’t take any game lightly,” running back Joique Bell said. “It’s hard to win games here in the NFL. It’s the best players in the world.”
This is not because Rodgers beat Brady last week. The game was whisker-close and you could easily argue that the Patriots would win a rematch on a neutral field. This is about stats, scent, and sense.
The Cowboys are 8-4, but if the season ended today they would not be in the playoffs. After Thursday’s visit to Chicago, they go to Philadelphia, host Indianapolis, and finish at Washington.
The Detroit Lions began the homestand that could make or break their season with the type of offensive performance their fans have been waiting for.
The Detroit Lions played on Thanksgiving before 24 of the current NFL franchises even existed. The Lions’ first owner scheduled the inaugural game in 1934 to try and generate interest in the team.
Detroit (7-4) lost for the second straight week against a conference leader, which fell to Arizona 14-6 in Week 11.
Mark Dantonio’s No. 10-ranked team (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) had a great day from its pre-game family reunions on the field to its final salute from a frozen student section.
Die-hard football fans lined up outside Ford Field in Detroit as early at midnight on Sunday to get what was left of the tickets for Monday night’s matchup between the Bills and Jets.
Tight end Brandon Pettigrew is active for the Detroit Lions after missing one game with a foot injury, while running back Reggie Bush is out for the second game in a row with an ankle injury.
The Lions, tied for first in the NFC North with Green Bay, have given up more than 20 points just three times and never more than 24. Opponents have averaged 15.6.