The Detroit Lions are looking for their third straight win on Thanksgiving when they host the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday afternoon. The Eagles played on Thanksgiving last year, defeating the Dallas Cowboys.
Detroit enters Week 12 on a two-game winning streak, having beaten the Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders in back-to-back weeks. Philadelphia has lost two games in a row, falling to the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Despite the way they’ve played in recent weeks, the Lions have been all but eliminated from playoff contention, considering they’ll end the year with just nine wins if they don’t lose for the remainder of the regular season. At 4-6, the Eagles are one game behind the New York Giants for first place in the NFC East.
Mark Sanchez is the favorite to get the start at quarterback, but it’s still unknown who will play for Philadelphia less than 24 hours before they take the field. Sam Bradford has been cleared to practice after suffering a concussion on Nov. 15, though he could sit for a second straight game. Bradford has admitted to suffering memory loss, and he also separated his shoulder 10 days ago, an injury that might keep him sidelined.
Offensive linemen Jason Kelce and Jason Peters are also questionable for the Eagles. Kelce is suffering from a knee injury, and he didn’t practice on Wednesday. Peters is dealing with an ailing back, but he was a full participant in practice.
Detroit is relatively healthy heading into their contest on Thanksgiving. Cornerback Darius Slay suffered a neck injury on Sunday, though it wasn’t serious. Tight end Eric Ebron is suffering from quad and hand injuries, but they won’t keep him off the field.
More concerning than Ebron’s injuries is his inability to secure the football. The 22-year-old has dropped three passes in his last three games, and he failed to catch a single pass against the Raiders. He’s slowed down after a hot start to the season, and Detroit’s offense continues to struggle, even as they are winning. The Lions haven’t scored 20 points in any of their last four games, and they’ve totaled more than 19 points just twice this season.
Philadelphia vs. Detroit kicks off the action on Thanksgiving at 12:30 p.m. ET. FOX will have the broadcast, and fans who purchase NFLSUNDAYTICKET.TV can watch the game with a live stream online.