2009 Record: 10-6 Against Lions: DNP All Time Record: 4-5-0
2009 Defensive Ranking
|12th against the pass|
|13th against the run|
2009 Offensive Ranking
Ah...Turkey Day in Motown against the New England Patriots. Seems almost fitting in a traditional sense.
Most people seem to think this is an automatic win for the Pats. I'm not so sure. Patriots came off a 10-6 season last year, not too bad by most standards. However, they lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the 2009 playoffs last year, at home, turf that was so well protected in the past by New England. And it wasn't even close as the Ravens pounded the Pats, 33-14.
Dean Pees, a respected defensive coordinator, was blamed and let go. Bill Bilichick indicated that he will play a larger role in the defensive scheme.
This is still a very dangerous team but they are aging. Running backs Fred Taylor, Kevin Faulk and Sammy Morris are all 33 years of age and Wes Welker is coming off a horrific ACL and MCL injury and there is no way to know if he will fully comeback.
The Lions offensive line needs to take of business with the New England front four, always considered a strength. But they have not really had a solid line since trading Richard Seymour. Look for the Lions to establish the running game and eat time off the clock to keep Tom Brady, Randy Moss and Welker off the field.
Lions take home some turkey this year instead of eating crow.
Lions win by 6. Record 6-5