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Did Buffalo Bills spill their Thanksgiving matchup at Detroit Lions?

Eric Edholm
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Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz walks the sidelines against the New York Giants during the second half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

The Buffalo Bills put up a handy list of facts on the team's official website on all of the 2014 opponents for the yet-to-be-announced NFL schedule.

Check out the note on the Detroit Lions (h/t SI.com) at No. 8:

"Buffalo and Detroit will meet for the 10th time in the regular season in 2014. The Bills have played in eight previous Thanksgiving Day games (4-4) in team history with their last appearance on Turkey Day coming in 1994."

Hmm, did the Bills just spill the fact that they'll be playing the Lions in the traditional early Thanksgiving game? The league typically rolls these games, and a select few others, out in an NFL Network ratings grab, so the NFL can't be too happy about this mini-spill, even if it's no big deal in the grand scheme.

But the parent clubs often are giving time for their PR staffs to collect information on matchups and such ahead of time, so it would make sense that this would be the case and why they would have this information in advance.

Using the power of deduction, our own Frank Schwab makes this smart observation on the situation: Dallas and Detroit, two NFC teams, host the early two games on Thanksgiving, and Fox gets the all-NFC game. Last year, it was Green Bay at Detroit and Oakland at Dallas, so this year, we can expect an AFC team visiting Detroit. The only two AFC teams visiting Detroit this year: Miami and Buffalo.

So, Detroit, are you ready to welcome back Jim Schwartz (the Bills' new defensive coordinator) to town? Oh, that might be fun. We seem to remember a few notable games involving Schwartz — the challenge flag fiasco and Ndamukong Suh's head-stomping, to name two — and Thanksgiving over the years.

Turkey for everyone!

But on a more serious note, this game will be a great opportunity to honor two of the NFL's longest-tenured and recently fallen owners, the Lions' William Clay Ford and the Bills' Ralph Wilson, both of whom died in the past month. Expect a worthy pre-game tribute to two men who owned NFL franchises for decades and both of whom have deep ties to the city of Detroit. 

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