A loss by the Green Bay Packers to the division-leading Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving would not be a fork in the Packers’ season.
With a loss, the Packers would sit at 5-6-1 with the hope that Aaron Rodgers would be healthy and ready to play the final four games. In all likelihood, the Packers would have to win all four games to have a shot at winning the NFC North and making the playoffs, but the Packers will likely be favored in those four games (vs. ATL, at DAL, vs. PIT, at CHI).
So while six of the eight here at ALLGBP picked the Lions to defeat Matt Flynn and the Packers, that doesn’t mean their season is over.
A Green Bay win would requires less “help”(in the form of losses) from the Lions and Bears. But again, a loss wouldn’t be a death blow, considering both teams’ schedules.
After this week, the Lions schedule is at Philadelphia, vs. Baltimore, vs. NY Giants and at Tampa Bay. If they beat the Packers, the Lions would need to lose two of those four to finish 9-7–behind (what could be) the Packers’ 9-6-1 record.
The 6-5 Bears play at Minnesota this week, vs. Dallas, at Cleveland, at Philadelphia and vs. Green Bay.