Lions Thanksgiving Day History

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 22: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions calls a play against the Chicago Bears during an NFL, Thanksgiving Day game at Ford Field on November 22, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. The Bears defeated the Lions 23-16. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
Chicago Bears v Detroit Lions | Dave Reginek/Getty Images

Since 1934, the Detroit Lions have played 78 games on Thanksgiving Day. The first owner of the Lions, George A. Richards, started the team tradition of playing on Thanksgiving Day in order to encourage fans to attend games, and the NFL has kept it as a staple in its long history.

However, the results haven't always been pretty, with the Lions posting a record of 37-40-2 on Thanksgiving. A sub-.500 record isn't the nicest thing to be reminded of while you're consuming turkey.

Not only that, but this year, Lions fans have to stomach a Jeff Driskel vs. Mitchell Trubisky matchup for Thanksgiving, as they face off against the Chicago Bears. Hopefully that doesn't ruin too many fans' appetites, as that's not going to be the easiest and cleanest game to watch. Then again, who needs a clean and smooth game of football on Thanksgiving?

Last year, the Lions also faced off against the Bears, with the Bears coming on top 23-16, led by Chase Daniels' two touchdowns.

The Lions have been at both ends of some of the most infamous Thanksgiving games as well. For example, they were routed by the Tennessee Titans in 2008 by a score of 47-10, which is the same season the Lions went 0-16.

We'll see whether Driskel can etch his name in Lions' Thanksgiving lore, or if he'll fall flat and hand the Bears a comfortable victory.