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Thursday open thread: Who do you want the Detroit Lions to play on Thanksgiving?

Who should share the national spotlight with the Lions on Thanksgiving?

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It’s officially 2018 Schedule Day! At 8 p.m. ET on Thursday night, the NFL will announced the full 2018 regular season schedule for all 32 teams.

On Wednesday, we discussed one of the more exciting things about the schedule reveal: Nationally televised games. The general consensus—45 percent of fans—believe that the Lions will receive four games that will be nationally televised.

One of the games that is guaranteed to be nationally televised is the annual Thanksgiving Day classic. Every year, the Lions are put in the spotlight during the American holiday, and it’s one of the most iconic moments for the franchise. For the past two seasons, the Lions have faced the Vikings on Thanksgiving. So today’s Question of the Day is:

Which team would you like the Lions to play on Thanksgiving in 2018?

My answer: First, let’s do a rundown of the options to play on Detroit. The Lions’ eight home opponents have already been set:

Right off the bat, I think the most intriguing options for a national audience are either their division rivals, the Rams (Suh returns to Detroit) or the Patriots (Matt Patricia vs. his former team).

While a divisional game has the potential to mean the most, I think I’d like to see Detroit vs. Los Angeles on Thanksgiving.

Not only are we talking Ndamukong Suh returning to Detroit, but he’ll be bringing along the guy who could have played alongside him back in 2014 had the Lions chosen him 10th overall NFL Draft: Aaron Donald.

Though we’d almost certainly get sick of hearing about that storyline during the broadcast, this also has the potential of being a very important game. The Rams are making moves like they believe they’re going to be a Super Bowl contender this year, and the Lions are certainly expecting to build on their 9-7 season.

So give me the Rams as my preferred option, then the Packers, then the Patriots, then the Bears.

Your turn.


Who do you want the Lions to play on Thanksgiving?

This poll is closed

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    (112 votes)
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    (40 votes)
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    (162 votes)
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    (101 votes)
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    (43 votes)
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    (238 votes)
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    (50 votes)
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    (19 votes)
765 votes total Vote Now

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