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Report: Vikings likely Thanksgiving foe for Lions

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Caraun Reid sacks Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on Oct. 25 at Ford Field. The Vikings swept the Lions in two regular-season games in 2015.

The Lions were still in the NFC Central the last time they played the Minnesota Vikings on Thanksgiving, but it looks like the two NFC North rivals might end that streak in 2016.

According to the Sports Business Daily, the Lions’ most likely opponent on Turkey Day this year is the Vikings. The report also the Cowboys would likely host Washington, and the Lions game would probably be cross-flexed to CBS.

A Lions spokesman declined comment on the report.

The Lions and Vikings have played on Thanksgiving just three times with the last matchup in 1995. Minnesota hasn't played on the holiday since 2000, when it played in Dallas, and the Vikings are 2-1 against the Lions on Thanksgiving, though Detroit won the last game.

The Lions have won their past three Thanksgiving games in blowouts, with wins over of the Eagles in 2015, Bears in 2014 and Packers in 2013. Before the current run, the Lions lost nine straight on the holiday.

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