Over the years it has become tradition o watch the Lions lose to their opponents on Turkey Day, as it is to watch football on Thanksgiving. The only difference this year is that the Lions have been playing good football all year, but a loss to the Green Bay Packers always hurts. The most disappointing aspect of this game was the fact that the Lions had great opportunities to take a lead early on.
On the first drive for Detroit, the offense was moving the ball methodically and should have converted on a third down, but Stafford missed a wide open Calvin Johnson to force a punt. Much of the first half continued with missed opportunities for the Lions ending with the Packers finally taking advantage late in the second quarter with a touchdown pass to Greg Jennings.
Green Bay continued the dissection of the Detroit defense in the second half, scoring 24 unanswered points before the Lions finally got on the board in the fourth quarter. Stafford who has cooled off dramatically after his hot start to the season is much to blame for the lack of scoring in the first half. He is banged up, but if you start there is no excuse for the lack of production and three interceptions.
Detroit must now travel to New Orleans, to face the red hot Saints, who had just dismantled the Giants on Monday Night. The Lions will be up to the task, and expect the Lions to win a close hard fought game.