First off, I like to wish all a Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Football Thursday to all. Today’s triple header of football is a treat for all football lovers as we enjoy family and great meals. So let’s talk about the first game of the triple from my favorite division, the NFC North.
As the tradition continues, the Lions (7-5) grace us with their presence as always on Thanksgiving. This season they match-up against the “Rogerless” Packers (5-6-1) on their quest to secure first place in the NFC North. The Packers are playing to prove they still should be a first place contender, even without injured Aaron Rogers. Though the Packers have not proven that since Rogers’ injury, but why give up hope.
The game opened with a bit of hard-nosed competition. Both teams looked pretty good on both sides of the ball. Packers Matt Flynn’s connections to rookie Eddie Lacy were sweet and lethal which had many thinking; we’ve got a ball game here. The Packers jumped out to an early lead with a score of 10-3 over the Lions. Well, that was about all the fun the Lions were going to allow the Packers to have as they answer back with a touchdown tying the game at 10 in the second quarter. I still had my popcorn ready because I just knew the Packers were going to answer back. Apparently, I was very wrong.
The Lions get another touchdown taking the lead as with the score being 17-10 heading into half-time. Again, no one imagined the Packers where out of it at this point or that the Lions would have over 270 yards, but only 17 points.
Then the second half begins. We saw a newly resurged Reggie Bush making taking pure advantage of the Packers defense even after he fumbled on a play. We also watched Matt Stafford throw passes from heaven for some pretty amazing plays that made us forget about the Akers missed field goal attempt. By the time I wrapped my head around the destruction of the men in Green and Gold, the score was 24-10 in favor of the Lions.
I still wanted to give a glimmer of hope to the Packers and thought maybe this time they would answer back. Unfortunately, the Lions defense had a better answer. Suh, broke past the Packers offense linemen and made contact with QB Matt Flynn for a safety. By this time, myself and Social Media figured, we could put a fork in the Packers, they were done for the evening, but we continued to watch and glad I did. The one handed touchdown catch by Kevin Ogletree was pure highlight film status. It was painful to see the Packers constantly go 3 and out. Also, I noticed that while Rookie Eddie Lacy is explosive and exciting to watch, he needs to learn and work on ways of becoming more creative. The Lions were reading him like a simple children’s novel.
So as we sat through this massacre of turnovers, 3 & out plays, strange calls, and plenty of both reviews (take a breath here), the Lions redeem themselves and get the W.