Detroit In many ways, the Thanksgiving games mark the beginning of the NFL's stretch drive. For the Detroit Lions, this may be the final chance to stay in the race for a division title. The Lions play host to the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday in a game that should drastically alter the NFC North race. If Minnesota wins, the Vikings would have a three-game lead atop the division, but if Detroit prevails, the Lions would be within one game and would have a head-to-head tiebreaker over Minnesota. Plus, Detroit has a favorable schedule after this week. "November football and December football — everything turns up a notch. And right around Thanksgiving, it really turns up," Detroit receiver Golden Tate said.Read More

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