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Why, Oh, Why Are We Force-Fed Lions Every Thanksgiving?

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Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) throws during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) throws during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Thanksgiving is upon us. It’s again time for millions of Americans to get stuffed, plop on their couches and wonder why they have to watch the Detroit Lions.

This year’s answer is pretty simple. Green Bay’s in town for the FOX Game of the Week and the Packers might be down to Lynn Dickey at quarterback. That could be entertaining.

Then there’s car-crash intrigue of the Lions. They began the season 6-3. The skills of Calvin Johnson, Ndamukong Suh, Matthew Stafford and Reggie Bush let us dream that these weren’t the same old Lions. Then the football was apparently slathered in cranberry sauce.

The Lions have turned it over 13 times in the past four games. They’ve lost the last two to Pittsburgh and the Tampa Bay Schianos. That last loss at home was disturbing enough for Bush to call for a team meeting. Being the Lions, they couldn’t even agree on that.

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