Detroit’s Defense Dominates on Thanksgiving Thursday


Detroit Lions 40
Green Bay Packers 10

A dominant performance on offense and defense gave the Detroit Lions (7-5) their first Thanksgiving win in 10 years, beating the Green Bay Packers (5-6-1) by a score of 40-10.

The hometown defense registered 7 sacks, 3 takeaways and held Green Bay to just 24 yards rushing.  Playing tough and physical throughout the afternoon, they made Matt Flynn look a shadow of his former self, finishing 10 of 20 for 139 yards and an INT.

Whereas the outcome of the game looked in doubt early when Green Bay pulled out a 10-3 lead, the team regrouped and took control.

A fumble by both Reggie  Bush and Matthew Stafford, then a pick by Stafford in the first 20 minutes had the home-crowd booing.  In the second half, the offense settled, and the hometown side ended up registering 37 unanswered points.

Calvin Johnson celebrates his touchdown.

Calvin Johnson celebrates his touchdown.

Touchdowns by five different players, receptions by nine different players and 243 rushing yards made for an overall solid performance by the offense.  Reggie Bush was on fire, finishing with 182 all-purpose yards.  Matthew Stafford finished 22 of 35 for 330 yards, 3 TDs and 2 INTs.  One of his interceptions came on a jump ball 1-on-1 play between Johnson and Sam Shields.  Johnson usually makes those 9 out of 10.

The win leaves Detroit with a 10 day rest before playing in Philadelphia.  They jump to the top of the division, but Chicago are right there in the mix at 6-5.  They travel to Minnesota on Sunday.  The Vikings played well against the Packers last week.  Could they spring a surprise on Sunday to give the Lions against the Bears a one-game lead?

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Matthew Stafford finished 22 of 35 for 330 yards


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