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GameDay: Packers vs Lions

GREEN BAY AT DETROIT (Thursday, FOX)

WHEN: 12:30 p.m. est Nov. 24th
WHERE: Lambeau Field
TV:  Joe Buck (play-by-play) & Troy Aikman (analyst) for FOX
RADIO: Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) & Larry McCarren (analyst) for AM-620 and Packer Radio Network
INTERNET: Cheesehead TV Gameday Live Blog

Green Bay and Detroit will meet on Thanksgiving Day for the 20th time, the most matchups in NFL history between any two teams on the holiday.

The Packers have won 16 consecutive games (including the playoffs), the longest streak in team history. Green Bay is the third defending Super Bowl champion (1990 San Francisco, 1998 Denver) to start the following season 10-0 and the Packers are 10-0 for the third time (1929 and 1962; Green Bay won the NFL Championship in both of those seasons). Green Bay is the first undefeated team to play on Thanksgiving since the 1962 Packers.

“I love playing on Thanksgiving,” says Green Bay head coach MIKE MC CARTHY whose team aims to be the first undefeated club to win on Thanksgiving since the 1934 Chicago Bears. “I think the players really like it too. It’s an honor to play on the holiday.”

The Lions erased a 24-7 deficit to defeat Carolina 49-35 last week, the team’s third comeback win of at least 17 points this year. Detroit is the first team in NFL history to win three games in a single season in which it trailed by at least 17 points.

“We’re definitely looking forward to the game on Thanksgiving,” says Lions defensive tackle NDAMUKONG SUH. “It’s a great honor to play on Thanksgiving. So I’m looking forward to that and I love playing against Green Bay.”

PACKERS:

Have won 16 in row (incl. playoffs), longest streak in team history

QB AARON RODGERS is 1st player in NFL history to post 100+ rating in 10 games in row in single season. Has 110+ rating in 18 of past 21 (incl. playoffs). Is 5-1 vs. Det. with 115.5 rating. In 2 career starts on Thurs., is 2-0 with 128.2 rating (6 TDs, 0 INTs, 74.3 pct., 660 yards)

Since start of 2007 (incl. playoffs), WR GREG JENNINGS has 49 rec. TDs, 3rd most in NFL. WR JORDY NELSON has 5 rec. TDs in past 3. Aims for 3rd in row with 2 TDs

In past 6 vs. Det., CB CHARLES WOODSON has 6 INTs, incl. 3 INT-TDs. Since joining GB in 2006, has 9 INT-TDs, most in NFL. Has INT-TD in every season with GB. CB TRAMON WILLIAMS had 2 INTs last week & aims for 4th in row with INT. Aims for 3rd in row at Det. with INT.

LB CLAY MATTHEWS has 5 sacks in 4 meetings

LIONS:

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD had 5 TDs last week & is only player in SB era to throw 5 TDs 2 times in 1st 23 starts. Lions are 7-0 when he has 100+ rating. In past 9 at home, Stafford has 4 games with 4+ TD passes

RB KEVIN SMITH rushed for 140 yards with 2 TDs & had 4 catches for 61 yards & TD last week

WR CALVIN JOHNSON leads NFL with 11 TD catches. Has 7 TDs in past 5 vs. GB. Since start of 2008, has 40 rec. TDs, most in NFL. Has TD in 3 of 4 Thanksgiving games. WR NATE BURLESON had TD catch last week & led team with 7 receptions.

TE TONY SCHEFFLER aims for 4th in row with TD catch

DE CLIFF AVRIL has 4 sacks, 3 FFs & 24-yard FR-TD in past 4. Has 6.5 sacks in past 6 division games.

CB CHRIS HOUSTON leads NFL with 2 INT-TDs (100 & 56 yards).

DT NDAMUKONG SUH had sack last Thanksgiving.

In last meeting, LB DE ANDRE LEVY & S AMARI SPIEVEY each had INT.

Club had 4 INTs last week: S CHRIS HARRIS, Levy, LB STEPHEN TULLOCH & CB ERIC WRIGHT. Wright aims for 3rd in row at home with INT.

From the Dope Sheet:

THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:

  • Packers vs. Detroit Lions:
  • All-time regular season: 89-64-7
  • All-time, postseason: 2-0
  • All-time, in Detroit: 36-40-3 (6-3 at Ford Field)
  • Streaks: Green Bay has won 10 of the last 11 meetings.
  • Last meeting, regular season: Dec. 12, 2010, at Ford Field; Lions won, 7-3

PACKERS HEAD TO DETROIT FOR THANKSGIVING TILT

  • Green Bay travels to Detroit this Thursday to take on the Lions at Ford Field, the third Thanksgiving Day matchup between the teams in Detroit in the last five seasons.
  • The Packers emerged victorious in the Thanksgiving contests at Detroit in 2007 and 2009. This will be Green Bay’s 34th league game on Thanksgiving in franchise history and their 20th in Detroit.
  • The Packers will be the first undefeated NFL team to play on Thanksgiving since a 10-0 Green Bay team visited Detroit on Nov. 22, 1962.
  • That 1962 contest was also the last time that both the Packers (10-0) and the Lions (8-2) entered the matchup this late in the season with a winning percentage of .700 or better.
  • No other NFL teams have played every year since 1932, when the Packers and the Lions, then known as the Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans, began their yearly home-and-home series.
  • The rivalry actually kicked off in 1930 at City Stadium in Green Bay, a 47-13 Packers win. Some two seasons later, the teams began a yearly series. Thursday marks meeting No. 164 in the all-time series.
  • Now rivals in the NFC North, the Packers own a 89-65-7 (.577) advantage over the Lions in the regular season and have won both playoff matchups.
  • Green Bay has a 9-1 mark against the Lions under Head CoachMike McCarthy. Overall, Green Bay has won 18 of the last 21 games in the series, including seven of the last 10 matchups in Detroit.
  • The Packers are off to a 10-0 start for the first time since 1962and only the third time in franchise history. The two previous 10-0 starts in team history (1929 and 1962) both resulted in NFL titles for the Packers.
  • Including playoffs, the Packers have won 16 straight games, the longest winning streak in team history (12-game streak in 1961-62).
  • The Packers’ streak of 12 straight wins in the regular season (2010-11) is a franchise record, topping the previous mark of 11-game streaks in 1928-29 and 1961-62. Green Bay has also tied a single-season franchise record with 10 straight regular-season wins (’29 and ’62).
  • This is the second regular-season winning streak of eight or more games during McCarthy’s tenure (eight-game streak in 2006-07).

THE PACKERS-LIONS SERIES

  • No other NFL teams have played every year since 1932, when the Packers first met the Lions, then known as the Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans. Including a pair of playoff clashes in the early 1990s, this week marks Game No. 164 in the all-time series.
  • The Packers are looking for their 11th win in the last 12 meetings between the teams.
  • Green Bay has scored more points (3,386 in reg. season) against the Lions than any other franchise.
  • The Packers have won 20 straight games over Detroit in Wisconsin, including the ’94 playoffs. The streak spans eight Lions head coaches: Wayne Fontes (1992-96), Bobby Ross (1997-99), Gary Moeller (2000), Marty Mornhinweg (2001-02), Steve Mariucci (2003-04), Dick Jauron (2005), Rod Marinelli (2006-08) and Schwartz (2009-10).
  • The 19 straight regular-season wins in Wisconsin ranks No. 1 among active NFL streaks at one team’s home field.

LAST MEETING, AT DETROIT

  • Dec. 12, 2010, at Ford Field; Lions won, 7-3.
  • The Lions snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Packers and a 19-game losing streak in the NFC North with the victory.
  • Green Bay was without starting QB Aaron Rodgers from late in the second quarter on after he sustained a concussion on an 18-yard scramble up the middle.
  • Lions QB Drew Stanton threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to TE Will Heller midway through the fourth quarter, and the Lions held on for the win.
  • After neither team scored in the first half, backup QB Matt Flynn led the Packers on a drive early in the third quarter that culminated with a 42-yard field goal from Mason Crosby to give Green Bay the 3-0 lead.
  • Flynn completed 15-of-26 passes for 177 yards on the afternoon. He led the Packers to the Detroit 31 late in the fourth quarter, but his long pass on fourth-and-1 fell incomplete.
  • TE Andrew Quarless led the offense with a career-high five receptions for a career-best 62 receiving yards.
  • Green Bay’s defense limited the Lions to 286 yards of total offense, with CB Tramon Williams and S Charlie Peprah each recording interceptions.

Official injury report:

GREEN BAY PACKERS (Green Bay did not practice on Monday. The Monday practice report is an estimation.)

Status Report

OUT

T Chad Clifton (hamstring)

QUESTIONABLE

RB James Starks (knee, ankle)

PROBABLE

LB Desmond Bishop (calf), WR Greg Jennings (knee), LB Clay Matthews (ankle), T Marshall Newhouse (knee), G Josh Sitton (knee), LB Frank Zombo (hamstring)

Practice Report

OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)

Monday

T Chad Clifton (hamstring)

Tuesday

T Chad Clifton (hamstring)

Wednesday

T Chad Clifton (hamstring)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Monday

WR Greg Jennings (knee), T Marshall Newhouse (knee), RB James Starks (knee, ankle)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Monday

LB Clay Matthews (ankle), G Josh Sitton (knee), LB Frank Zombo (hamstring)

Tuesday

LB Desmond Bishop (calf), WR Greg Jennings (knee), LB Clay Matthews (ankle), T Marshall Newhouse (knee), G Josh Sitton (knee), RB James Starks (knee, ankle)

Wednesday

LB Desmond Bishop (calf), G Josh Sitton (knee), RB James Starks (knee, ankle)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Tuesday

LB Frank Zombo (hamstring)

Wednesday

WR Greg Jennings (knee), LB Clay Matthews (ankle), T Marshall Newhouse (knee), LB Frank Zombo (hamstring)

DETROIT LIONS (Detroit conducted a walkthrough on Monday. The Monday practice report is an estimation.)

Status Report

OUT

RB Jahvid Best (concussion), P Ryan Donahue (right quadricep)

DOUBTFUL

DE Lawrence Jackson (thigh)

QUESTIONABLE

DT Corey Williams (calf), DE Willie Young (ankle)

PROBABLE

WR Rashied Davis (hamstring), S Chris Harris (ankle), WR Calvin Johnson (ankle), LB DeAndre Levy (elbow), RB Maurice Morris (ankle), S Amari Spievey (toe), QB Matthew Stafford (right finger), WR Maurice Stovall (shoulder)

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Monday

RB Jahvid Best (concussion), P Ryan Donahue (right quadricep), DE Lawrence Jackson (thigh), DE Willie Young (ankle)

Tuesday

RB Jahvid Best (concussion), P Ryan Donahue (right quadricep), DE Lawrence Jackson (thigh), WR Calvin Johnson (ankle), DT Corey Williams (calf)

Wednesday

RB Jahvid Best (concussion), P Ryan Donahue (right quadricep), DE Lawrence Jackson (thigh)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Monday

S Chris Harris (ankle), LB DeAndre Levy (elbow), S Amari Spievey (toe), WR Maurice Stovall (shoulder), DT Corey Williams (calf)

Tuesday

WR Rashied Davis (hamstring), S Chris Harris (ankle), LB DeAndre Levy (elbow), S Amari Spievey (toe), WR Maurice Stovall (shoulder), DE Willie Young (ankle)

Wednesday

WR Rashied Davis (hamstring), S Chris Harris (ankle), WR Calvin Johnson (ankle), LB DeAndre Levy (elbow), S Amari Spievey (toe), WR Maurice Stovall (shoulder), DT Corey Williams (calf), DE Willie Young (ankle)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Monday

WR Calvin Johnson (ankle), RB Maurice Morris (ankle), QB Matthew Stafford (right finger)

Tuesday

RB Maurice Morris (ankle), QB Matthew Stafford (right finger)

Wednesday

RB Maurice Morris (ankle), QB Matthew Stafford (right finger)

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