Detroit Lions: Reasons Why Detroit Will Lose To New England This Thanksgiving

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIINovember 22, 2010

FOXBOROUGH, MA - DECEMBER 3:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots drops back to pass against the Detroit Lions on December 3, 2006 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.The Patriots defeated the Lions 28-21.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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There’s really only one question that fans of the Detroit Lions should be asking themselves this Thanksgiving: Do I want light meat, or dark meat? 

Quite frankly, I believe the Detroit Lions are going to be dead meat this Thursday against the Patriots. I don’t know how in the world one would be able to spin this in a positive light, so I’m not even going to really try.  

Let’s pretend for just one moment that the Lions were not 2-8, penalty prone, or playing without their often injured franchise quarterback. Let’s pretend for a moment that reality did not exist, and the quite opposite of it in fact did exist.

It would still take a near perfect game to beat Tom Brady and the Patriots on arguably one of the NFL’s biggest showcases.  

Sure, the Lions tend to play better at Ford Field, and you would have to be dead not to get yourself pumped up for the Thanksgiving game. That being said; I’m pretty sure the Patriots could care less about where they are playing or what day it is. They are the New England Patriots, and the Lions, well they are the Detroit Lions.

That sentence would be adequate enough to summarize this whole article. 

The weird part is I know that there is an incredible amount of Lions fans out there that are dang near positive that the Leo’s are going to pull the upset of all upsets on Thursday. Other than the fact that you might just be crazy, I find it hard to see how even the most delusional of fans could see how that would be a realistic conclusion.  

Sure, you can hang your hat on the “Any Given Sunday” theory, but that’s just as reassuring as saying that on any given Sunday I can grow a third eye in the middle of my forehead, and learn how to fly.  

It’s a staggering improbability. I would be an idiot to believe that.  

If you really do think that the Lions will win the game against the Patriots this coming Thursday please do the math hidden within that last paragraph, and you will know exactly what I think of you. 

All idiocy aside I do feel like there is almost an obligation to look at the facts here and at least give you reasons why I feel the way I do about this Thanksgiving showdown.Let me present you with two reasons why I feel the Lions will not win this game. I bet you they seem obvious and repetitive by now, but to be honest; so do the Lions 

Reason # 1: The Lions do not have a consistent running game 

This is probably the most unfortunate of all the reasons why the Lions are losing. Coming into this season Jahvid Best showed incredible potential. He was easily one of the most explosive backs in the league, and he has obviously been slowed down by the Turf Toe he is suffering on both of his feet. Out of 32 teams the Detroit Lions are ranked 31 in regards to the rush. In ten games the Lions have only accumulated 805 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns. That averages out to 80.5 yards a game. I’m not sure if it is the offensive lines inability to block the run, or just a lack of consistent running back play. Either way it is killing the Lions.  

The running game is easily the most important aspect of an offense. Through it you can set up your passing game, protect your quarterback, and effectively manage the clock. The Lions are not able to do any of that.  

I don’t see how the story is going to change much this week against the Patriots. Best is still hurting, Kevin Smith is injured, and who in the world has any sort of fear when Maurice Morris gets the ball? I expect the Patriots to load the box up early and destroy any hope the Lions have in establishing the run.  

Reason # 2: Tom Brady 

The dudes got some good hair, but if that weren’t enough to get him through life than his football abilities will sure do the job. I have never seen a quarterback do so much with so little, and do so on such a consistent basis.  

Brady has thrown for 2,362 yards, 19 touchdowns, and four interceptions so far on the year. His numbers have been good, but when you consider who he has been playing with than they start looking even better.  

This Thursday Tom Brady will be taking the field with a crew of world beaters known as: Aaron Hernandez, Rob Gronkowski, Deion Branch, Danny Woodhead, and BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention Wes Welker.   

All I’m saying is that Brady has not had much to work with, yet he still has the Patriots at 8-2 and right behind the Jets in the AFC East. He has consistently been one of the best quarterbacks in the league, and we all know that he knows how to win. 

The Lions defensive backfield has been much maligned throughout the year, and they have given us reason for that. That being said, the play of Alphonso Smith has been a pleasant sign of life, and he has given a reason for an opposing quarterback to at least think twice before throwing the ball. The Patriots are leaning heavily right now on their tight-ends though, so Smith could be effectively taken out of the game. When have the Lions linebackers shown any sign of being able to cover the pass? The Lions might be able to get some pressure on Brady, but the match up of New England's tight-ends and the Lions linebackers is going to prove to be a problem for Detroit. 

I expect that Tom Brady is going to go off this Thursday at Ford Field. The Patriots need a win to keep in lockstep with the New York Jets, and if I know anything about Tom Brady, I know that he will not let the Detroit Lions get in the way of that.  

It’s sad to say, but I think that one would be able to write a book study on all the things that have gone wrong for the Lions this season. I felt it was necessary to back my claims up, so I gave two reasons. Truth be told I could probably give you at least five more, but it would drive us all crazy. 

The sad part is even though I have backed my arguments up with statistics and reason, I’m still positive that half of the people that read this are going to get upset and want to argue it.

Even if you were to take statistics out of it, anybody who possesses something that resembles common sense, and has seen more than one game of this NFL season knows that it’s going to be a long shot if the Lions want to win.