The Detroit Lions will be playing their annual Thanksgiving afternoon game and this time they will be welcoming the Buffalo Bills to town. The Bills just played a game in Detroit, as their home game was moved to Ford Field in Week 11 after a snowstorm in Buffalo forced a change of venue.
The Bills are coming into the game off of a victory against the Cleveland Browns, but it is actually the Lions who are riding the bigger wave of momentum. Detroit has won three games in a row, showing a lot of life after some major struggles early in the season.
This game has all the makings of a high-scoring game as both teams possess explosive offenses and defenses that have sprung some leaks in recent weeks. What can we expect when they take the field to kick off Week 12? Here are five bold predictions for when the Bills take on the Lions on Thanksgiving Day.
5. D’Andre Swift Gets More Involved
Coming into the season there were a lot of people excited for what D’Andre Swift could accomplish. There was some talk about him being one of the best running backs in the NFL with his dual-threat skill set as he is as dynamic as a ball carrier and pass catcher out of the backfield. Unfortunately, injuries have derailed the hype train.
Swift has battled a myriad of injuries throughout the season. He has missed three games and been severely limited in a majority of the games he has played in. Swift has played at least half the offensive snaps in only three games, but against the Bills, he could have a big day.
In what should be a high scoring affair, Swift should see an uptick as the pass catching back. He will be mixed in regularly as a ball carrier as well, but catching passes is where he is making his biggest impact.
Against the Bills, he will see his role increase as he has made it through the last four games without setbacks. He will have 100 total yards in the game, providing the Lions with another explosive weapon offensively.
4. Jameson Williams Makes Immediate Impact
With the No. 12 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions selected Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams. Williams has not got on the field yet as he is recovering from a torn ACL suffered during the college football playoff. But, he could make his debut against the Bills.
Williams’ window to return was opened on Monday as he returned to the practice field with his teammates. While it will likely take some time to be eased into a full-time role, Williams will waste no time making his presence felt.
If he suits up on Thanksgiving, expect the Lions to show off their newest weapon. With Amon-Ra St. Brown garnering so much attention, Williams will find opportunities to produce. He will score a touchdown in the first game of his career, giving the Lions a glimpse of what the future holds.
3. Josh Allen Proves To Be Unstoppable
The Lions have shown progress on the defensive side of the ball after some truly abysmal performances at the start of the season. While they still rank last in yardage and points allowed, they have begun showing signs of life on that side of the ball.
Going on the road and shutting down Saquon Barkley last week was impressive, but they are going to have their hands full against Josh Allen and the Bills. Stopping a Daniel Jones-led offense is one thing; the Bills are a totally different animal and they will find plenty of success.
While it was an encouraging performance, the Lions did allow Jones to throw for over 300 yards despite not averaging 200 per game on the season. Allen is going to lit up Detroit’s secondary in historic fashion.
The Lions can score and will keep pace with the Bills, which will lead to Allen surpassing the Thanksgiving record of 455 yards passing set by Troy Aikman in 1998. In addition, Stefon Diggs and Gabriel Davis will each surpass the 150-yard mark in an impressive aerial display.
2. Jamaal Williams Makes Lions History
While the Lions’ backfield has been a frustrating one for Fantasy Football owners to navigate, the franchise has to be ecstatic about how things have turned out. The injuries to Swift are unfortunate, but having a player of Jamaal Williams’ caliber behind him to carry the load has led to the offense not missing a beat.
Williams has been excellent this season as the team’s lead back. He has been especially dominant around the end zone as he routinely bulldozes over opponents for touchdowns. He is currently leading the NFL with 12 rushing touchdowns and he is going to add to that total against the Bills while making history in the process.
Williams has scored multiple rushing touchdowns in five games this season, which has tied Barry Sanders for the most in a single season in Lions history. He will be alone atop that list after this game, as he will score two more rushing touchdowns, padding his lead over the rest of the league.
1. Bills Win Shootout
This game could be the most exciting one of the Thanksgiving Day slate as both teams possess explosive offenses. Both teams are entering in good form as they are playing some solid football.
The scoreboard operators are going to have their hands full as both offenses can produce some big numbers. They certainly won’t disappoint while playing in front of a national audience, as both teams are going to score 30+ points in the game.
Detroit has made strides in recent weeks as they will keep pace with the Bills, but at the end of the day, talent will win out. Buffalo will come away with a hard-fought victory, scoring on the final drive of the game to pick up their second victory in Detroit of the week.