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Lions 2017 schedule rumors: Detroit to host Vikings for Thanksgiving, Packers for finale... again

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It looks like the Vikings may get their chance at a rematch on Thanksgiving.

Minnesota Vikings v Detroit Lions Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The NFL schedule rumors keep flying in before the official release set for Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.

REMINDER: Treat these as rumors. Nothing has been confirmed yet.

The latest rumor involves the Detroit Lions’ marquee game: The Thanksgiving Day classic. According to Yinka Ayinde‏, the Lions will be hosting the Minnesota Vikings for the second straight year:

Last year, the Lions and Vikings faced off in one of the most entertaining Thanksgiving Day games in recent memory. After the Lions tied the game up with just 1:45 remaining, Darius Slay quickly picked off Sam Bradford. Matt Prater kicked the game-winning field goal as time expired to hand Minnesota their fifth loss in six games.

This marks the first time the Lions have played the same opponent on back-to-back Thanksgivings since 1980, when the Lions faced the Chicago Bears for the second-straight year.

In addition to this game, we already have seen rumors showing the Lions will head to the Meadowlands to face the New York Giants on “Monday Night Football” for Week 2 of the season.

It has also been leaked that the Vikings and Bears will play in Week 17, making it very likely that the Lions and Packers will close the season for the second straight year. According to one source, the Lions will be hosting the game again this year:

Additionally, that Week 9 game in Lambeau? Reportedly another “Monday Night Football” game.

Stick with us as we track all of the rumors leading up to the reveal at 8 p.m. ET.

Update: The dates of the game against the Chicago Bears have now been leaked. The Lions will travel to Chicago during Week 11 and will host the Bears Week 15.

The interesting thing about that Week 15 game is that it is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 16.

No word yet on whether that Saturday game will be a “Thursday Night Football: Saturday Edition” game.

Update #2: Kyle Meinke of MLive confirms the two games against the Packers:

Update #3: Dave Birkett confirms the Lions will play the Vikings on Thanksgiving: