Lions Find Their Stride on Offense, Take Down Bears on Thanksgiving Day

TIME

On paper, the Detroit Lions have one of the best offenses in the NFL. But as we all know, the NFL rarely sticks to the script. Through 12 weeks, Detroit ranked No. 28 in the NFL in scoring, and it entered its Thanksgiving game with the Chicago Bears having scored just 15 points total in the two previous weeks.

Well, some homecooking may have given the Lions the jumpstart they needed. Detroit exploded for 34 points in a dominating 34-17 win over Chicago, a win the Lions needed to stay relevant in a tight NFC playoff race. With the win, the Lions move to 8-4, second in the NFC North, while the Bears drop to 5-7, squashing any hope they had of getting back into the wild-card race.

Leading the way for the Lions was QB Matthew Stafford — who went 22-of-26 for 275 yards and two touchdowns in…

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