After disappointing loss to Bears on Thanksgiving, Packers gear up for Lions at Ford Field

DETROIT -- The 7-4 Green Bay Packers sit in second place in the NFC North division -- and this week, for the fourth straight week, they again face a divisional foe. The Packers head to Detroit, Michigan to take on the 4-7 Lions at Ford Field.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 3rd.

You'll recall, at one point this season, the Green Bay Packers were 6-0.

Things began to go downhill in Week 8, when the 6-0 Packers lost to the Denver Broncos, 29-10.

Then, in Week 9, came another loss for the formerly unbeaten team. The Packers fell to the Carolina Panthers 37-29.

And then, came the Packers third straight loss -- falling to the Detroit Lions 18-16 at Lambeau Field.

The Packers got back into the WIN column vs. the Vikings in Week 11 -- but in Week 12 came another loss -- this one to the rival Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field -- as former QB Brett Favre had his name and number unveiled at Lambeau Field during halftime, and he shared an emotional moment with Packers legend Bart Starr.

The Packers have another chance vs. the Detroit Lions this week.

On Sunday, November 29th, as Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy hosted a pre-game news conference, it was a sunny afternoon in Green Bay -- but the weather didn't match Coach McCarthy's disposition.

Frustrated by his team's most recent 17-13 loss to the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving night, and particularly the turnovers in that game, Coach McCarthy is trying to focus the Packers for their game at Detroit on Thursday.

"We've been successful here, and success, you don't own success. It's rented. You gotta earn it each and every day. I have a lot of love for our players, but I hate losing as much as anybody. The games that are close always come down to details. I know how much time we put into taking the ball away and taking care of it -- so that's something my football team needs to reflect on every single time we take the field. We better take care of the football, and we'd better take it away when we have opportunities. That's cut and dry, and that's a staple of how we play here," McCarthy said.

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