The 2013 NFL live streaming and TV games will kick off week 13 on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day around the United States. Viewers will be treated to three different games, starting with an intense NFC division rivalry with the Green Bay Packers visiting the Detroit Lions. Currently, these two teams are battling for the top of the division and a potential playoff spot, making this an extra important matchup. The latest of the televised and live streaming NFL games will be featured for viewers via several sources on Thursday.
An ESPN.com report from Nov. 27 notes that star quarterback Aaron Rodgers won't be back in the lineup for the Packers, leaving coach Mike McCarthy to announce that Matt Flynn will start at QB. Rodgers has been out of action since he sustained a broken collarbone against the Bears back on Nov. 4. The Packers nearly pulled off an overtime win against Minnesota last Sunday, but ended up in a 26-26 tie when neither team could score more than a field goal in the extra session. That makes Green Bay 0-3-1 since Rodgers went down to his injury.
Flynn was 21-of-36 in last Sunday's game, including a touchdown. He said of being inserted into the starting quarterback role:
"I've been hitting the playbook hard and studying, and asking a lot of questions from Aaron, all the receivers, linemen -- how they want things called, and how they want the operation to go. So I feel good.
I'm very comfortable. Feel good with the playbook, feel good with the game plan, and I feel ready to go. You know, I'm light years ahead of where I would be three weeks into any other system obviously because of the time I spent here."
Flynn will face a Detroit Lions team looking to snap a two-game losing streak after suffering defeats against Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay. While their starting quarterback is not hurt, Matthew Stafford has struggled this past month, completing just 49.6 percent of his passes, which is a league worst. However, the Lions will hold the homefield advantage in what is a pivotal game for their playoff hopes to stay alive.
Detroit, whos is 6-5 overall and 3-2 at home, currently ranks third in the NFL in passing yards with 308.4, due to Stafford starting strong in the first eight weeks of the season. They also rank fourth when it comes to limiting opponents' rushing yards, holding them to an average of 88.0 per contest. Among their losses this season was a 22-9 defeat at the hands of Green Bay, back on Sunday, Oct. 6. However, that game was at Lambeau Field, with Rodgers in the lineup.
The Detroit Lions are currently favorites of 7 points at most sports books, after initially opening with a spread of 5 1/2 points in their favor. Thursday's first game has an over/under points total set at 49 1/2 points for the game. Injury reports indicate that quarterback Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver Randall Cobb are both out for the Packers, with Matt Flynn "probable," but the likely starter for Green Bay.
Thursday's Thanksgiving Day game between the Packers and Lions has a scheduled start time of 12:30 p.m. EST, about a half hour after the end of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The game will be presented in standard and hi-definition for cable and satellite viewers on FOX and local affiliate stations around the nation. In addition, viewers with the NFL Sunday Ticket premium service or Verizon's NFL Insider service may be able to watch the game live streaming online via their computers or mobile devices. A full on-demand replay will be available for NFL Game Rewind subscribers after the game has concluded.
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