The New England Patriots visit the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, MI on Thanksgiving Day at 12:30 p.m.
The Patriots (8-2) are 3-2 on the road and 1-0 vs the NFC. The Lions (2-8) are 2-2 at home and 0-2 against the AFC.
As of Monday the line on the game from Yahoo! Sports is Patriots minus 7. The over/under is 51.
My prediction is Patriots 31, Lions, 17. Give the points (Lions) and take the over. I am 4-4-2 against the spread and 6 for 10 on calling the over/under in 2010.
Tickets to the game, if available, may be purchased through Ticketmaster. You can check the availability here. As of November 18th the Lions are reporting the game as a sell out.
Getting To The Game
If you’re lucky enough to be spending the holiday and going to the game in the Motor City make sure you check out the links.
Weather will not factor into the game as it will be played in a dome but here is the up to date weather forecast for the area from weather.com.
Click for all the game day information including stadium directions and parking, stadium information, parking map and a Ford Field seating chart.
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CBS is televising the game to a national audience and you can look for your local affiliate here. Jim Nantz will call the play-by-play while Phil Simms will provide the analysis. There is no DirecTV designation.
The Patriots Radio Network broadcasts the game from flagship station WBZ-FM, 98.5 the Sports Hub in Boston. Gil Santos handles the play-by-play and former Patriot Gino Cappelletti does the color. It all starts with Gary Tanguay, Scott Zolak and Andy Gresh and the pregame show at 10 a.m. along the network. The post game starts after the final gun and continues for three hours.
If you are outside of the broadcast area of the stations on the Patriots Radio Network you can purchase NFL Field Pass which allows you to listen to any NFL game live. You can also pick which teams broadcasters you want to listen to.
All NFL games are also available on Sirius Satellite Radio. The Patriots Radio Network call is available on Channel 125, the Lions Radio Network has Dan Miller calling the game while Jim Brandstatter provides the game analysis with Tony Ortiz doing the sideline reporting. Their call is available on Channel 126. Since the satellite merger XM Satellite Radio also carries all the NFL games and in most cases has just the radio call of the home team. You can catch the Patriots radio call of game on XM Channel 102, the Lions of XM Channel 103 and the national feed on XM Channel 124.
Westwood One will also cover the game and broadcast it to a national audience.
Patriots All-Access features behind the scenes looks, interviews and breakdowns with head coach Bill Belichick and in-depth features on the team. It's hosted by Steve Burton of WBZ-TV (Boston) and airs weekly in most New England television markets.
Boston - TV 38 and Providence - WNAC Friday at 7p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m.; Manchester - WMUR Saturday at midnight; WMTW in Portland Saturday at 5 a.m.; WCTX - Hartford Saturday at 5 p.m.; WFXQ - Springfield Saturday at 7 p.m. and Bangor - WVII Sunday at 11 a.m.
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