Lions sell out Thanksgiving Day meeting with Patriots

The young Detroit Lions aren’t making strides in the win-loss column like they had hoped to do midway through Jim Schwartz’s second season with the franchise, but they are providing the fan base with some level of hope even if quarterback Matthew Stafford remains out indefinitely with his latest injury.

That hope manifested itself in a sellout of the team’s Thanksgiving Day game next Thursday against the New England Patriots, lifting a potential local television blackout on the holiday. According to Tom “Killer” Kowalski of MLive.com, it is the earliest sellout of the annual holiday game for the Lions since 2007. CBS will carry the game, which begins at 12:30 p.m. ET.

It will be the first opportunity for the Lions to showcase rookie defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh on a national stage. He’s been impressive and that will make the game – as lopsided as it could be – worth watching from the Detroit perspective.

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