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Lions vs. Vikings: What Just Happened?

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A collection of thoughts on the Lions Thanksgiving day match up with the Vikings.

Minnesota Vikings v Detroit Lions Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

You did it to us again Lions. All anyone wanted on Thanksgiving was a win. And you came close. And then you came close again. Then you came close one last time.

Then you lost 30-23. How can I eat turkey now with this pit in my stomach? I’m going home. I’m not eating Thanksgiving dinner today. That, of course, is a lie. I will now eat more than I planned.

As always, I have thoughts on this game. These are those thoughts.

The Lions division hopes are over

The Minnesota Vikings are the better team. Plain and simple. With five weeks left, the Lions needed to win this game in order to keep pace. Now they have to hope that the Vikings face a catastrophe and lose out while they win out in order to win the NFC North. It’s not going to happen. This Vikings team is too good.

But the playoffs aren’t over. This loss doesn’t mark the end of the season. The Lions have five games left. All five remaining opponents have losing records. The Lions also get three of those games on the road, a place they keep winning at for some reason.

The Lions are bad, but they’re still good enough to win out and go 11-5. That could actually happen. We’ll see I guess.

Move over Austin, Stafford is now the world’s toughest S.O.B.

What is it Matthew Stafford? This guy could get his leg chewed off by a T-Rex on the 50-yard line and he would still be like “Alright Jim Bob, what do you want me to run next?” I’ll always admire him for that. You should too.

Stafford didn’t have the greatest of games. Especially early on. And that’s probably why the Lions didn’t win this game. The Vikings did ball out. But they also gave the Lions offense plenty of chances to make things happen. But Stafford was uncharacteristically off for much of the day. Still, I think you’re a fool if you’re this guy after the game.

Here’s something you don’t want to hear.

Since coming out of the bye week, the Lions defense has allowed 712 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground. That’s no joke. The Lions have only ran for 808 yards and four touchdowns the entire season. This cannot continue. This is why Dwight Freeney being in Detroit is such a big deal. It’s also why I believe the Lions will blow up their defensive line in the offseason and go heavy in the draft and free agency.

Speaking of defensive line

A’Shawn Robinson is really good. Of course you already knew that, I hope. He’s just a dangerous man on special teams. Expect the future of this line to revolve around Robinson. He can get after the quarterback already. Imagine if he had help on the line and actually got to the quarterback more often than not.

Anthony Zettel should also be a guy that sticks around. The Lions sack leader grabbed another sack on Thanksgiving. He is only going to get better. Speaking of sacks.

Ziggy got a sack

Throwing more Ebron love out there

Ebron is not a Pro Bowler. We know this. He probably will never be one. But this guy has been pretty reliable out of the bye. He caught another four passes on four targets on Thursday, and two of them were for first downs. Give the kid credit where it’s due.

Who is this guy?

You, sir, are great. You must come forward and accept your prize. Which is some sort of Lions thing I have sitting in my office.

That blocked field goal touchdown at the end was a little bit heartbreaking

Yeah, Slay was offsides, but for a moment, just a moment, we felt the bliss we wanted to feel on Thanksgiving. Even though I could clearly see the flag signal on the broadcast, I still jumped around the living room like an idiot. Why you gotta break my heart like that Lions?

Marvin is incredible

I’ll never forget how unsure so many people were about Marvin last season. So many thought that he was a flop signing. This guy is a bad man. Ask Xavier Rhodes that. After this play, he knows that now.

Marvin went off yet again for 109 yards and two touchdowns. And he did it against the corner who many feel is the best in the league right now. Marvin was a good signing. There’s no question about that anymore.

Anyhow, like I said, the season is far from over for the Lions. They still have a chance to get things done over the next five weeks and make the playoffs at least. Until then, I’m not gon’ cry.