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Packers will still get Thanksgiving dinner at home

Mike McCarthy. Image by Green Bay Packers/TODAY'S TMJ4.

Packers will still get Thanksgiving dinner at home

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED Nov 27, 2013

The drawback of playing a game on Thanksgiving Day is that you have the shortest week to prepare of any team in the NFL.

The advantage of playing the early game against the Detroit Lions: You still get thanksgiving at home.

"We get home between 6-7 p.m.," explained Packers coach Mike McCarthy on 620WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News." 

"This is a great game to play in, because you obviously still have the benefit of having Thanksgiving with your family, and the day after where you're off."

"It's a great tradition, to be playing Detroit every year.  It's a quick flight over.  We've just got to get out of the locker room a lot quicker than normal, and get to the airport."

According to McCarthy, when he gets home to taste the wares of his wife and "awesome cook" Jessica, his plentiful family will be in one of two states of being.

"Half of them (will be) asleep, and the kids (will be) bouncing off the walls.  That will be fun.  It's the way it's supposed to be."