Why to watch
The two teams who annually host Thanksgiving Day games meet, with the Lions, usually the lesser appetizer, now the big story. Could the Lions open the season 4-0, and move to 3-0 on the road after all those years of road losses? The Cowboys, just trying to get healthy, are suddenly a little bit hot.
No one talks about Brandon Pettigrew on that Lions attack, but he is a force when Matthew Stafford is in the lineup, and he could create big issues for Dallas' linebackers. Pettigrew is coming off a 10-plus catch day and the Lions' road confidence has to be soaring after close wins at Minnesota and Tampa.