The Chicago Bears are in an interesting position on this Thanksgiving Thursday. The Bears are not one of the six teams playing on Thursday but one game in particular should have the team’s attention.
The first game on the slate for the NFL games on Thanksgiving is the Green Bay Packers going to Detroit to play the Lions. The Lions and Packers are the two teams that are surrounding the Bears in the NFC North division. The Bears are tied with the Lions for first place in the NFC North division but the Lions own the tie-breaker. Meanwhile, the Packers are one game behind the Bears and Lions.
Begging the question, who should the Bears be pulling for on Thanksgiving?
The answer is the Detroit Lions.
Aaron Rodgers is scheduled to return for the Packers in their game against the Atlanta Falcons in ten days from today. A Packers team with a healthy Rodgers is a better team than both the Lions and the Bears. That would be why the Lions need to take advantage of the fact that Matt Flynn will be starting for the Packers today. A Packers loss to the Lions on Thursday would put the team at 5-6-1 on the season. Meaning the Packers would be two games back of the Lions and Bears–that is if the Bears are able to defeat the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
Meanwhile, even with a win over the Packers today, the Lions will still do what the Lions do every season. Choke. These past couple of weeks–with Rodgers and Jay Cutler sidelined–the Lions were in a prime position to expand their divisional lead. Instead, the Lions are riding a two game losing streak in the past two weeks after losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With games against the Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants still in front of the Lions before the end of the season, chances are the team will drop another game this season.
That is why on this Thanksgiving Thursday, the Bears need to be pulling for the Lions to defeat the Packers.
Speaking of Thanksgiving, Da Windy City will like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.