NFC North Roundup for NFL Week 13

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Detroit Lions

Nov 28, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) dunks the football over the goal post after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter of a NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 28, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) dunks the football over the goal post after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter of a NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Won: Lions 40, Green Bay Packers 10

For the first time in 10 years, the Lions won on Thanksgiving. Chalk that up to one more bad streak ended with a bang.

Not only was this the Lions’ first win on Thanksgiving since 2003, it was their biggest win on Thanksgiving since a 45-3 romp over Pittsburgh in 1983.

In one game, the Lions were able to exorcise the Matt Flynn game from the 2011-2012 season, snap their holiday losing streak, snap their current two-game losing streak, and put themselves right back on track for the NFC North crown.

Of course, the Packers they beat might qualify as the worst team in the NFL in their current configuration, as they have failed to win even a single game in the entire month of November. Beating them right now is nothing to get excited about.

Ideally, this win is one that will jump-start the Lions for the final stretch of the season. But realistically, that would require consistency, and consistency is what the Lions lack most.

Next Game: 12/8  at Philadelphia (7-5)

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