Green Bay Packers 27, Detroit Lions 15 (box score)
Another Thanksgiving Day, another loss for the Detroit Lions. Sure, bringing in the defending Super Bowl champion and undefeated Green Bay Packers was a tough draw but the Lions wasted first half opportunities and folded under the pressure in the second half. Unfortunately, we lost the ability to simply talk about the game following its conclusion thanks to the stupid act by Ndamukong Suh that led to his ejection. The Lions couldn’t bring enough pressure to slow Aaron Rodgers for four quarters and a couple poor decisions by Matthew Stafford made for big plays by the Packers defense.
Atlanta Falcons 24, Minnesota Vikings 14 (box score)
The Vikings were without running back Adrian Peterson but they made a game of it against the Falcons despite falling into a 17-0 hole. Christian Ponder played an efficient, albeit unspectacular, game and Percy Harvin made the big plays the team needed to have a change. In the end it was too much Matt Ryan thanks to his three passing touchdowns.
Oakland Raiders 25, Chicago Bears 20 (box score)
The Chicago Bears are now 0-1 with Caleb Hanie as their quarterback. He threw three first half interceptions including one late in the half that ended a Bears scoring chance and led to Sebastian Janikowski’s fourth field goal of the day. The Bears defense’s ability to hold the Raiders to field goals instead of touchdowns kept the game’s outcome in doubt until the very end but the Bears offense just didn’t have enough with Hanie under center.
NFC North Standings