Well, it happened it again. The Lions went out and lost on Thanksgiving Day. This time, it was a devastating 24-20 loss to the Chicago Bears. Look, I don’t mind a whole lot when the Lions lose on Thanksgiving. Sure, it hurts, but I take solace in the fact that I can immediately eat my feelings afterwards. I can’t wait. In fact I’m thinking about it right now and...
As always, I have thoughts on this game. These are those thoughts.
David didn’t Blough
I was personally excited when the Lions announced Wednesday that undrafted rookie David Blough would get the start on Thanksgiving. Not because I thought he’d be good, but because I have this weird thing where I want to see things like this be as bad as possible once I know it won’t be good.
I, like everyone else, thought Blough would come out and throw interceptions left and right and just generally look like a scared little boy out there. But he didn’t. Blough held his one against one of the best defenses in the NFL and nearly helped the Lions pull one over on a rival team on national television.
Blough finished the day with 238 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He only completed 57.9 percent of his passes and had a passer rating of 87.6. It wasn’t superb, but it also wasn’t god awful.
I give the kid full credit and even think the Lions should give him another shot next week. Why the heck not? But to the people who got “Trade Stafford” trending on Twitter, y’all know you need to quit.
Unfortunately, it didn’t work out in the end as Blough threw a game-losing interception. Think about this when you’re eating your..
The defense did it again
By “did it again” I mean blew the game for the team. The Lions had the Bears on the ropes for much of the game until the fourth quarter when the Lions allowed the Bears to march down field on their final possession and score a super easy David Montgomery touchdown after letting Anthony Miller catch the ball three times for 78 yards.
I’ve said this many times before and I hate to say it on a holiday, but Lions defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni needs to go when the season is over. Right now, it’s super hard to argue in favor of Matt Patricia being a defensive genius and all that. All the smarts in the world just aren’t going to help this team stop anyone.
It’s very hard to watch. Which is why I continue to encourage you to eat your feelings and sneak some pie before dinner.
Bo Scarbrough might be the real deal
Nobody wants to think of good things right now, I know. Everyone wants to hate on everything this team and its front office and coaching staff. I totally get it.
But they may have hit a home run with Bo Scarbrough. For the third straight game Bo has been a presence in the Lions’ backfield. It really makes you wish that Matthew Stafford was in the lineup right now, because the Lions might actually have that balanced offense they want so badly right now.
You also have to wonder what the Lions’ running back room looks like next season when they presumably keep Bo and team him up with Kerryon Johnson. It could be a really nice 1-2 punch.
What’s upsetting about Bo is that for the second straight week he crossed the century mark on a big run, and the play got called back on a dumb penalty that didn’t need to happen. It’s like somebody coming over and stealing all your Thanksgiving food.
Where do the Lions go from here?
I’m going to keep it short for you all today because there are multiple turkeys with my name on them and all the puppy chow a man can eat waiting for me.
So where do the Lions go from here? That’s an easy answer. They keep going down. This team is so clearly not ready for anything this season.
All I can say is that the Lions are continuing to move up the draft order and they’ll have money to spend and major decisions to make after the season is over. We still have four more games to get through this season before we can delve fully into firings, free agency dreams and mock drafts. We might as well have as good a time as we can. Even if it’s hard to do that, when we constantly feel like we just got slapped across the face.