WHAT TEAM WILL SHOW UP THURSDAY? The Packers have not done too well in Green Bay this year, but the Detroit Lions have not done well anywhere. Result: a win for the Packers, despite Detroit attempting a quarterback sneak in a long-yardage situation. (Why not? Years ago, a Detroit quarterback turned a sneak in an obvious sneak situation into a long gain, part of a 40-0 Lions win.)

Thursday? Yes, the Packers will be hosting Minnesota on Thursday. Thursday night football is not any better an idea for the professionals than it is for the universities. Repeat after me: Friday is for the high schools, Saturday is for the universities, Sunday is for the professionals, and Monday is for the water-cooler league.

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