The early thanksgiving game provided us with a surprise blowout that nobody was expecting.
The Detroit Lions beat the Philadelphia Eagles 45-17, in a performance that showed us just how bad the Eagles are defensively. The Lions played probably the best football they have played all season, going back to the basics of throwing Calvin Johnson the ball and allowing their defensive line to chase down the quarterback.
The Lions, statistically, had plenty to be thankful for; five passing touchdowns by Matthew Stafford, three receiving touchdowns by Johnson, and six sacks along with a forced and recovered fumble for the defence.
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The Eagles... did not have much to be thankful for, being held to 227-yards overall, under 100-yards on the ground, and only 14-points, the ship continues to sink in Philadelphia. The Lions started off a little slow in the first, scoring on an 8-yard Theo Riddick reception, but struggling to move the ball in general.
The game then exploded in the second and third quarters as the Lions scored 31-points, totally manhandling the Eagles defence in the process.
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The Eagles managed just seven points in the first three-quarters, failing to move the ball against a vicious Lions defensive front that was overwhelming the Eagles offensive line, especially after veteran tackle Jason Peters left the game.
Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah blew past Eagles left tackle Lane Johnson on multiple occasions and led the Lions in sacks with 3.5, also along with a forced and recovered fumble.
The Eagles defence couldn't do anything against Calvin Johnson, who was single covered the majority of the night - why I don't know. The Eagles also showed an alarming amount of communication issues throughout the game, letting the Lions run the exact same plays on them, without adjusting to stop it.
It may be time to call the Chip Kelly experiment in Philadelphia over, his offensive scheme is not producing any playmakers at all, and the defence has just completely collapsed.
The quarterback situation is a mess as both Bradford and Sanchez play mediocre, big money talent like DeMarco Murray seems lost and uninterested in playing, Byron Maxwell is regularly blown up on plays, and there is a general feeling of mutiny floating around the Eagles locker room when it comes to the faith in their head coach.
While the Lions may be out of the playoffs from our perspective, but to them, they don't look at it that way, they continue to fight and have strung together a third straight win.
Ironically, a game that was viewed by many to be the worst of the thanksgiving lineup was arguably the best of the day.
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