Detroit Lions Have One Last Chance to Win NFC North Crown

By Luis Vilanova
Detroit Lions
Jeffrey G. Pittenger-USA Today Sports

The Detroit Lions arrived at Lincoln Financial Field riding on a terrific momentum wave after thrashing the Green Bay Packers 40-10 on Thanksgiving Day. Confidence seemed to be running high in the locker room however the biggest mistake was not having prepared for the unexpected weather.

LeSean McCoy, unnecessary penalties, multiple inches of snow and turnovers is how the game evolved in favor of the Philadelphia Eagles who took the Lions to school under a Philadelphia blizzard. Despite Jeremy Ross’ individual heroics on special teams as he returned a punt for 58 yards and a kickoff for 98 yards to give the Lions a partial lead of 20-14, the best was yet to come for the Eagles’ offense. McCoy would spark an offensive explosion of 217 rushing yards and two scores for a career day as he single-handedly turned the game around to put the Eagles back in the lead; impressive long runs of 40 and 50 yards dominated a Detroit defense who had been superb against the run all year. According to Coach Jim Schwartz, the team was not soft on defense. He said the guys were simply sliding as they attempted to make plays… really? Nice to hear the coach’s elegant justification for a poor performance, don’t you agree?

The loss at Philadelphia now opens all possibilities for division rivals Packers and Chicago Bears to make a real run for the NFC North crown. In conclusion, the Lions’ success this campaign continues to be a product of the losses of the Bears and Packers. With all honesty, a healthy Lions team has almost an identical record to its division rivals who are still fighting for the title and without their starting quarterbacks; this is truly a laughable situation. Can the Detroit Lions work themselves out of the crisis of mediocrity? Looking forward to next year, I just don’t see how they will ever compete in the NFC North against a healthy Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler.

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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