Nov 28, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) after a NFL football game on Thanksgiving against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field. Detroit Lions defeated the Green Bay Packers 40-10. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions V New York Giants Preview, Start Time, Live Stream

Winning today against the New York Giants could solve a lot of problems for the Detroit Lions.

First and foremost winning will keep their playoff hopes alive.  The Lions sit in third place in the NFC North behind the Green Bay Packers.  A win today coupled with a Packers loss will allow them to live another Sunday and allow fans to dream of a playoff win for one more weekend.

Secondly, a win would turn the heat down on Jim Schwartz’s hot seat a couple of notches.  After last weeks loss to the Ravens, talk radio hosts and sports bloggers have been calling for his job and reliving every mistake from the season.

Lastly, a win against the Giants would bolster the confidence of Lions players after the Ravens ripped their heart out in front of a National audience on Monday Night Football.

Playing Through Injury

The Lions are a bit banged up but injuries that would normally keep players out of the line-up are not going to prevent players from playing in this survival game this week.  That said there are two players that probably will not see the field on Sunday against New York. Brandon Pettigrew has been ruled out and Darius Slay is listed as doubtful.

See Related: Detroit Lions Injury Report

Planets Are Aligning

There are a few things going th Lions way right now.  On Thursday, New York Giants WR Victor Cruz was ruled out after undergoing surgery.  On Friday, Green Bay officially announced the Aaron Rodgers would not play against the Steelers.  That could be a key injury in a game that means just as much for the Lions as it does for the Packers.

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Detroit Lions V New York Giants

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