The DETROIT LIONS, boasting a stellar 8-2 record, enter Thanksgiving on the back of a three-game winning streak— their best since 1962. In the opening game on Thursday (12:30 p.m. ET, FOX), they face the GREEN BAY PACKERS (4-6) in a rematch from their Week 4 encounter on Thursday Night Football, which resulted in a 34-20 victory for Detroit.
This marks the first instance since 1926 where two teams meet in multiple Thursday games within the same season, a distinction previously held by the Bears and Cardinals.
Running back JAHMYR GIBBS is making waves among rookies, sharing the lead with five rushing touchdowns and ranking third with 771 scrimmage yards. He has impressively achieved at least 95 scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdown in each of his last four games, securing the longest active streak in the league.
If Gibbs manages 95 scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdown on Thanksgiving, he will join the ranks of Pro Football Hall of Famers ERIC DICKERSON (six consecutive games in 1983) and FRANCO HARRIS (six in 1972) as the third rookie in the Super Bowl era to achieve this feat in five or more consecutive games.
Rookies with at least 95 scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdown in the most consecutive games in the Super Bowl era:
ERIC DICKERSONHOF (L.A. Rams, 1983) - 6 games
FRANCO HARRISHOF (Pittsburgh, 1972) - 6 games
JAHMYR GIBBS (Detroit, 2023) - 4 games* (active streak)
KEVIN JONES (Detroit, 2004) - 4 games
CURTIS MARTINHOF (New England, 1995) - 4 games
Teammate DAVID MONTGOMERY has notched a rushing touchdown in six of his seven games this season, including the last two weeks. Together with Gibbs, they could become the first duo of teammates to score a rushing touchdown in three consecutive team games since Philadelphia’s HEATH SHERMAN and HERSCHEL WALKER in 1992.
Gibbs and Montgomery also have the opportunity to make history as the first pair of teammates in NFL history to each record at least 95 scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdown in three consecutive team games.
Wide receiver AMON-RA ST. BROWN has been a standout with at least eight receptions in four of his last five games. Since his NFL debut in 2021, St. Brown has tallied at least eight receptions in 16 games, tying for the second-most in the league during that period.
With eight catches on Thursday, St. Brown will equal ANQUAN BOLDIN's record of 17 games for the second-most occurrences of at least eight receptions by a player in his first three seasons in NFL history. JUSTIN JEFFERSON leads with 19.
Players with the most games with at least eight receptions in their first three seasons in NFL history:
JUSTIN JEFFERSON (Minnesota) - 19 games
ANQUAN BOLDIN (Arizona) - 17 games
AMON-RA ST. BROWN (Detroit) - 16* games (*in third season)
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