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According to Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk, the Patriots will be the Lions opponent on Turkey Day this season. Mr. Florio’s reasoning notes that since the Jets are now hosting the late Thanksgiving game, they obviously cannot play in one of the day games. With the Lions playing on CBS, their opponent must come from the AFC. The NFC North plays the AFC East this season and only the Jets and Patriots play in Detroit. With the Jets out, the Patriots are the only choice to make the trip.
Mr. Florio also notes that the opening weekend Monday night twinbill has exclusively featured divisional matchups since its inception. With the Jets opening their season, and the new stadium, on Monday night after the Giants formally open the stadium on Sunday, it seems logical to conjecture that the Jets will host the Patriots, Dolphins, or Bills. The Patriots have been the Jets home opener each of the last two seasons, but according to the PFT report, the Dolphis are the guess for the game this year.
So, gather the friends, family, turkey, and all the fixin’s around the big screen for the Patriots this year! The Patriots won their last Thanksgiving game in 2002 over the Lions. They are 1-2 overall with a 2000 loss to the Lions and a 1984 loss to the Cowboys.