Detroit Lions Halt Their Winning Formula

By Luis Vilanova
Detroit Lions
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The Detroit Lions have suddenly brought their winning ways to a complete halt.

Even though the Lions still hold the third seed for a wild card berth in the NFC, they are not worthy of a postseason appearance. If the Lions win the NFC North next week, I cannot think of a justifiable cause to celebrate such accomplishment. I’d like to salute the division rivals Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers for mathematically making this a thrilling ride for all Lions fans.

The only exciting news for the Lions these days is the fact that they will be playing the Thanksgiving Classic on national television. The Lions’ crisis is ridiculous, and I can even anticipate the Packers to walk away victorious from Ford Field on Thursday.

The quarterback situation at Green Bay has taken an interesting turn, Scott Tolzien has been benched, and there is no other quarterback who loves the Lions defense more than Matt Flynn. Flynn has got to be drooling over the Lions’ secondary; he’s been waiting patiently for a chance to start, so look out. Remember what happened the last time Flynn passed against Detroit? Well, he passed for just 480 yards and six touchdowns against a much better defense.

Someone told me this week that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are starting to win because their fan base has only negative things to say about them. If you think about it, the Pittsburgh Steelers are also on a roll and I’d like to believe the Lions can benefit from the negative vibes as well.

Despite all the negatives, being healthy is one advantage that the Lions have over their remaining opponents. The offense welcomed back Nate Burleson, who put on a heck of a performance for someone who’s been out of the game since September, and the defense received a much-needed lift from rookie Ezekiel Ansah, who recorded two sacks.

Happy Thanksgiving to all, and I hope to see Matt Stafford, Reggie Bush and Calvin Johnson holding a turkey leg after the game!

Luis Vilanova is a Detroit Lions writer for Follow him/her on Twitter, “Like” him/her on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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