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6-4, 2nd in NFC North
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Lions still have work to do in playoff race

Detroit's win bumped its playoff chances up 12 percentage points, but FPI still has the Lions eighth among NFC teams, just behind the Falcons. Their odds to win the NFC North actually went down after another impressive win by the Vikings.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions fairly healthy going into Thanksgiving:

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions have waived defensive tackle Khyri Thornton. Odd timing considering Thornton was in the Detroit locker room less than a half-hour ago.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions have waived defensive tackle Khyri Thornton. Odd timing considering Thornton was in the Detroit locker room less than a half-hour ago.

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Lions host Vikings in Thanksgiving showdown (0:45)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Tahir Whitehead said he didn't step on Charles Leno's leg on purpose Sunday. Said he apologized right after the play.

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NFL reviewing Lions LB stepping on Bears LT

Lions linebacker Tahir Whitehead stepped on the leg of Bears left tackle Charles Leno during Sunday's game. That play is under review by the NFL to determine if the move was intentional.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Jamal Agnew and Dwayne Washington not at open portion of Lions practice -- so Detroit's return game could have new faces. D.J. Hayden is in a red no-contact jersey (below) while Tavon Wilson is not for the first time in a long time.

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Power Rankings: Lions on the rise

The Lions have won three straight, including back-to-back games they had trailed by 10 points. A Thanksgiving Day win over the Vikings would put the Lions squarely in the hunt for the NFC North title.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matthew Stafford said Matt Prater is "as clutch as they get" and gave him a bunch of credit for Detroit's come-from-behind wins over the past couple of seasons. Prater is perfect in his career on game-winning or game-tying field goals late in the fourth quarter.

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Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matthew Stafford on his favorite Thanksgiving memory with the Lions.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Zimmer on keeping Matt Prater out of field goal range: "Have to move the goalposts back, I guess." Prater made big field goals against them last year.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Caldwell believes a running game is "a quarterback's best friend." The issue, of course, is the Lions' run game has been poor under Caldwell, including 80.8 yards per game and 3.35 yards per carry.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Caldwell called the Lions' run game "inconsistent." Asked him why his teams have yet to hit his 4.0 yards per carry mark over a season in his time with Detroit and he didn't really give a reason. Said winning is all he cares about.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Derulo is performing at halftime of the Lions-Vikings game Thursday.

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Grading the quarterback play for the Lions

Matthew Stafford is as consistent as he has ever been and is one of the reasons the Lions are heading into their Thanksgiving Day matchup with the Vikings competing for a playoff berth.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Good news/bad news for Lions on injury report (there was no practice). Ezekiel Ansah would have been limited. Jamal Agnew would not have practiced.

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Lions roaring on road

The Lions defeated the Bears 27–24 on Sunday and now have road wins at Minnesota, Green Bay and Chicago. The only other season in which Detroit had road victories against the Vikings, Packers and Bears was 1961. (Elias Sports Bureau)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Caldwell said nothing new on Lions cornerback Jamal Agnew.

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Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Caldwell asked about how he prepares his team for Thanksgiving. Caldwell went another way with the answer.

Team Stats

Passing Yards257.66th
Rushing Yards80.828th
Points For27.15th
Points Against23.419th