Thanksgiving week has new flavor for Rams’ Matthew Stafford

THOUSAND OAKS — Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford hasn’t enjoyed turkey without a pigskin appetizer since he became a family man.

For 12 seasons with the Detroit Lions, who play a home game every Thanksgiving Day, it was always football before feast.

“I loved playing on Thanksgiving. For the tradition, for the game, all of that,” Stafford said Wednesday.

In 2015, the first year Matthew and Kelly Stafford were married, the Lions had to get back to work the next day because they had a Thursday game the following week.

“But all the other times, I think I was back at my house at 5, 5:30,” Stafford said. “Being able to have a Thanksgiving meal, watch some football with your family, almost felt like a fan there for a little bit.

“It was a lot of fun having the next couple of days off, and you could eat leftovers and do all that fun stuff.”

It will be different this time. The Rams practice Thursday morning. Then Stafford can spend all of Thanksgiving afternoon and evening with Kelly and their four daughters.

“I’m sure they’re – I hope they’re – excited to have me home,” he said.

Thanksgiving isn’t the only American tradition at which Stafford is getting a fresh look this week.

The other is football at Lambeau Field, the 65-year-old stadium in Green Bay, where the Rams (7-3) play the Packers (8-3) on Sunday.

The quarterback’s Lions teams usually…

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