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If the Detroit Lions aren't going to the playoffs, nobody is. At least, that's the way they've played the last two weeks. The Green Bay Packers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have each come up against the Detroit Lions with eight wins and playoff aspirations, and both have come away with eight wins and lots of disappointment. Both teams blew a major opportunity, not just because of the loss, but because of the circumstances around their respective playoff pictures. The Packers could have caught the Bears as they were getting demolished by the New England Patriots last week. Instead they finished last week still trailing by a game, lost their Pro Bowl quarterback, and joined the Bears in losing to the Patriots this week. The Buccaneers could have vaulted themselves into the [...] Continue reading → | , , , ,
The Detroit Lions are a paltry 3-10, and need only a 4-game winning streak to close out the season to meet my expectation of a 6-10 record. Okay, you can stop laughing, it's not that funny. The cold fact is that the Lions' record doesn't scare anybody. And although they beat the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, they really shouldn't have. It was ugly, lucky, and just all kinds of general-purpose hard to watch. Think I'm getting down on the team after a big win? I'm not. I'm just saying the Lions won a football game by the count of 7-3, in a game where Greg Jennings torched Amari Spievey deep and then let a touchdown pass bounce off his hands and into Spievey's. Even though Spievey showed great hands and awareness picking off the deflection, nobody can argue that the [...] Continue reading → | , , ,
The Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers are probably looking at a mismatched game this Sunday. Aaron Rodgers against one of the worst back seven in the NFL. The Lions' struggling, shorthanded offense against the Packers' thriving sack-machine of a defense. The Lions' defensive line vs. the Packers' offensive line. Wait a minute. That's actually worth watching. Last year, the Lions dominated the Packers' offensive line at Lambeau (while the Packers dominated everywhere else), bring Aaron Rodgers down five times in that game. That was with a defense that ranked 29th in sacks for the season, playing an offense that gave up a league-high 51 sacks on the season. This year, the Lions rank third in sacks with 11 through three games. The Packers have given up three sacks all [...] Continue reading → | , , , ,
There's no good news this week. As Lions Head Coach Jim Schwartz said, "You'll have a hard time finding the silver lining in this one." Wait, check that. The only good news is that the Lions didn't play the New England Patriots this week. Apparently shutouts come in much more humiliating packages. Still, that's little consolation in a game where the Lions are shut out for the first time since 2001, and against an average defense. For every positive you can think of, there's an accompanying negative. The Lions managed five sacks and an interception on Aaron Rodgers... but he still went 29/37 for 358 yards and two touchdowns. The Lions avoiding allowing any special teams touchdowns... except for the opening kickoff that was taken to the house and called back by a holding [...] Continue reading → | , , , ,
The last time the Detroit Lions won a game at Lambeau Field, Brett Favre was an Atlanta Falcon, Wayne Fontes was coaching, and Erik Kramer was starting for the Lions in place of the injured Rodney Peete. That was 1991. Since then, the Green Bay Packers have protected their home field 17 consecutive times against the visiting Lions, and will be heavily favored to run it to 18 this Sunday. Green Bay started the Lions' recently snapped 19-game losing streak in 2007, then was the team to send Detroit from 0-15 to the infamous 0-16 mark in week 17 of 2008. This is the first time the teams have played since then, which brings us to question one. 1. Will There be (Bad) Blood? As I mentioned earlier this week, the Lions have a great deal of animosity towards the [...] Continue reading → | , , , ,
This Sunday, the Detroit Lions will suit up to play the Green Bay Packers at the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field. Lambeau Field is not a friend to the Lions. They haven't won a game there since 1991, chalking up 17 straight losses while surrounded by cheeseheads. This year, though, there's something extra going on. The Detroit Lions' final game of 2008 was an away game against the Packers. Do you remember what happened to the Detroit Lions in their final game of 2008? They do. A little more than half the Lions' roster has been turned over from last year, so this doesn't apply to them. But as for the holdovers? Don't think for a moment they've forgotten the feeling they had in the freezing cold air at Lambeau Field as the final seconds ticked away on their last chance to [...] Continue reading → | , , ,
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