The annual NFL Thanksgiving tripleheader begins in Detroit with a matchup between the Lions and Bills. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. Eastern.
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The Bills played in Detroit back on Sunday when they defeated the Browns, 31-23, in a game that was moved from Buffalo due to a massive snowstorm. The Lions are also coming off a win as they knocked off the Giants in New York, 31-18.
Who: Buffalo Bills (7-3) at Detroit Lions (4-6).
When: Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022.
Time: 12:30 p.m. Eastern.
Where: Ford Field, Detroit, Mich. (65,000)
Latest line: Bills -9.5.
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson.
Read some of what Larry Lage of the Associated Press wrote about this Thanksgiving matchup.
The NFL shifted Buffalo’s previous home game against Cleveland to Ford Field after a winter storm dumped several feet of snow across the Buffalo area.
Buffalo (7-3) is tied with Miami atop the AFC East and needs another win to keep pace with the Dolphins while holding off New England and the New York Jets, teams in the division that are only one game back.
“These short weeks are pretty tough in terms of scheduling and guys trying to get their bodies right to play, but it’s tough for them as well,” quarterback Josh Allen said.
Detroit (4-6) has won three games in a row for the first time in five years and the last such stretch of success was snapped on Thanksgiving, starting a five-game losing streak on the holiday.
“It’s been a while since there has been this much positivity around the building,” said offensive tackle Taylor Decker, who is in his seventh season with the franchise. “Three wins may not seem like a big deal, but it is.”
The Lions certainly are not used to it because they haven’t won more than three straight games since a five-game winning streak when Decker was a rookie in 2016.
Both teams will be missing key players.
Bills defensive end Greg Rousseau (ankle) will miss his third straight game and linebacker Tremaine Edmunds (groin) will also be out while center Mitch Morse (elbow, ankle) is questionable.
Detroit will be missing cornerback Jeff Okudah (concussion) and starting guards Jonah Jackson (concussion) and Evan Brown (ankle).
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