There are five Lions you must watch as the regular season comes to a close on New Year’s Day in the village of Green Bay, Wisconsin.
The un-cosmopolitan town, with a population of 9,000 more than the Detroit suburb of Livonia, will host the Detroit Lions for a New Year’s Day showdown with little on the line.
On the flip side, the Lions have a brew keg full of reasons a win at Lambeau will help the franchise.
The obvious motivation is to end the regular season victorious, creating another end-of--year, four-game winning streak identical to the simulated playoff run the coaching staff created last year.
The win would also keep the Lions out of New Orleans or Frisco for the first round of the playoffs and send the Leos to either The Meadowlands or Jerry's World, where the matchup would be more favorable and the likelihood of another road victory would be much greater.
Additionally, from a historical perspective, a victory on the frozen tundra—yes, the forecast calls for wind and snow—would end the NFL’s longest road losing streak at 19 games.
The Lions new regime has been responsible for stopping many of the embarrassing streaks that are dubiously identified with Honolulu Blue & Silver, and crushing the Cheeseheads in Week 17 would just be another notch in the belt buckle of Jim Schwartz.
Plus, the team could ride the bus out of the Lambeau Field parking lot without the Casper white moonshots from the oversized stockholders of The Pack; that is what you call a New Year’s resolution!
This week’s Pro Bowl snubs of Stafford, Suh and Avril should serve for motivation for all three and fans should be happy the NFL and its fans turned their collective noses up towards these Lions. There’s nothing better than talented players who feel slighted and motivated to prove the doubters wrong; it bodes well for this team going forward.
Still, Eli Manning over Matthew Stafford? Did that really happen? The two things Eli has going for him is he plays in New York and came down the same birth canal as Peyton; other than that, both the stats and the human eye show Stafford is the superior quarterback.
That being said, it would make for great theatre if the Lions and Giants met next weekend, wouldn’t it?
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