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Breaking News: Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson to Start for Lions

The legend of Matthew Stafford has just been taken to a whole new level.  Despite being listed as doubtful on the injury report, multiple outlets are reporting that Stafford will start for the Lions today against the Green Bay Packers.  All week there were absolutely zero signs that Stafford would even play, let alone start, so this is definitely something to be thankful for.  It's rare that a player who is listed as doubtful ever sees the field that week, but Stafford has apparently overcome his injury and will be the Lions' starter today.

Another thing to be thankful for is that Calvin Johnson will also apparently be in the starting lineup for the Lions, or at the very least he will play.  Calvin was questionable and had missed practice all week, so again, it's not like there were any encouraging signs that eventually led to this news.

To say I was shocked when I first heard that both Stafford and Calvin will play is an understatement.  I literally jumped out of my chair because I really wasn't all that pumped up for today's game.  Obviously any Thanksgiving game is great because of the tradition of it, but now it might actually be competitive, too.

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