Packers vs. Lions: Pre-Game Sneak Peek

Laura offers and overview of today's Lions - Packers battle

Today's Game: Green Bay is the guest for the Lions' 64th annual Thanksgiving Day game. Kickoff is set for 11:30 a.m. (Central)

Thanksgiving series: Green Bay is 11-17-2 overall on the holiday, and 5-10-1 vs. the Lions.  Detroit is 32-29-2 on Thanksgiving Day.

Overall series: In the history of the Green Bay-Detroit series – the longest-running continuous series in NFL annals – Green Bay leads 74-60-6 and has a string of six consecutive victories.

The records: Green Bay is 6-5, in second place one game behind the Vikings in the NFC North. At 3-8 Detroit occupies the North Division cellar, one game behind the Bears.

The venue: Green Bay makes its second visit to Ford Field, where they were a 37-31 winner last year in the Detroit Stadium's inaugural season.

Injuries: Green Bay -  LB Nick Barnett (ankle), questionable; DT Kenny Peterson (knee), questionable; S Darren Sharper (ribs), questionable; T Marcus Spriggs (hamstring), questionable; C Rob Davis (back), probable; QB Brett Favre (thumb), probable. Detroit-DE Jared DeVries (shoulder), doubtful; WR Eddie Drummond (ankle/knee), questionable; CB Dre' Bly (leg), probable.

Key matchups:
Both teams feature improving defenses looking to keep climbing this week.

Detroit defense vs. Ahman Green and the Packers' top-ranked rushing offense. Detroit's defensive is coming off one of their best performances of the year despite losing to Minnesota last week.  DT Shaun Rogers and Dan Wilkinson will have to shine again this week if the Lions are to have any hope of stopping Green. Detroit's Barret Green got pressure on Daunte Culpepper last week with a sack to go along with his team-high 11 tackles.

Green is coming off a record-setting day in a 20-10 win over San Francisco. He was named NFC player of the week for his 154-yard rushing performance.

On the other side of the coin, Green Bay's revitalized defense has a golden opportunity to build on their success. Detroit averages fewer than 80 yards per game on the ground, ranking dead last in the league. Their air-attack ranks 23rd in the league – that's one slot ahead of Green Bay, but Detroit lacks the rational of the strong running game that has replaced some of the Packers' passing yardage.

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