Several established Thanksgiving traditions will stand the tests of time.
There’s waking up and either participating in some sort of extended community run, one that leaves your knees in a chronic state of pain, or playing a friendly game of touch football where Uncle Jack hopefully doesn’t pull his hamstring. There’s making a gigantic dry bird the centerpiece of the night’s meal, using it as a vessel for the real main course—stuffing. There’s being appreciative for what you have, for the people who care about and love you, saying thanks, and welcoming those of various creeds and walks of life to the table.
Then there’s passively watching football, in the background while everyone in the house socializes, hoping it’s a palatable enough appetizer to the rest of the holiday’s standing traditions. Most often, it is, but you’d be surprised when it isn’t.
The Bears and Lions meet for the second straight year on Turkey Day, albeit under different circumstances. Technically the Bears aren’t eliminated from playoff proceedings, but it would be a stretch to say they have anything more than the smallest pulse. Meanwhile the Lions have lost any of the shine they may have initially had under Matt Patricia, and their greatest ever quarterback has a (literal) broken back from carrying the franchise for years, Nihilism and mock draft fever has set in early this season.
Whoever leaves Ford Field with their head held high may do well to roost (or brine) in the victory a little longer than normal. It might be the high point of their fall season, just like the holiday itself.
Windy City Gridiron’s staff picks for Bears-Lions on Thanksgiving.
Robert Zeglinski: Bears 20, Lions 12
I have nothing snarky to say. Happy Thanksgiving!
Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.: Lions 17, Bears 12
The Bears managed two touchdowns against an awful Giants defense at home, so why would I think they’ll do enough to win on Thanksgiving in Detroit?
Sam Householder: Bears 20, Lions 14
The Bears claw back to .500 but let’s be honest, you aren’t going to feel any better about the team.
Bill Zimmerman: Bears 4, Lions 0
The Bears’ defense is smelling .500. The Bears’ offense is smelling burnt toast. The defense takes matters into their own hands: Khalil Mack and Nick Williams both record safeties and the Lions’ offense never passes midfield.
Jacob Infante: Bears 16, Lions 10
The Bears pick up the win on the shoulders of their defense, but Bears and Lions fans alike will be throwing up chunks of stuffing by the end of this one.
Robert Schmitz: Bears 17, Lions 13
Matt Patricia’s man-coverage based scheme favors Mitchell Trubisky and he’s able to guide the offense into the end zone twice while the unnamed backup quarterback across from him struggles to find footing. Turnovers on either side could swing this score in a hurry, but I’ll take the Bears as things stand.
Erik Duerrwaechter: Bears 21, Lions 10
Matt Nagy will improve his record to 4-0 over the Detroit
Ken Mitchell: Bears 24, Lions 6
This is assuming that Matthew Stafford is, indeed, out. I think the Bears get a defensive touchdown in this one.
Robert wishes, for once, the winner of Thanksgiving games would be given the dark meat to eat, which everyone knows is superior.
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