NFL Thanksgiving Brawl: Green Bay Packers Beat Down Detroit Lions

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NFL Thanksgiving Brawl: Green Bay Packers Beat Down Detroit Lions
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Rather than complain about the actions of others, Jim Schwartz needs to focus on those of his own team

The Detroit Lions showed a lack of class on Thanksgiving, and it all but made the NFC North title official for the Green Bay Packers.

The defending champions have a 3.5-game lead over the Chicago Bears and lead Detroit by four, with road wins against both teams and only five games to play (six for the Bears, who are without their starting quarterback for the rest of the season). But Green Bay was winning that division anyway.

What the Lions should be more concerned about is their own future. The loss revealed character issues and made their road to the playoffs uphill.

Even Ndamukong Suh's revised statement about his actions detailed in the link above does not address how he went from the sublime "didn't do it" to "went too far." A tacit admission is not enough after such a denial—a mature player would have to admit his denial was also wrong.

A team lacking in accountability from top to bottom will not win three games when at least one will have to be at New Orleans, Oakland or Green Bay. At least one of those wins will have to come without their best defensive player.

That means they likely finish outside of the playoff picture unless two teams between the Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants lose three of their final six games (or one of those teams, plus Chicago losing four of six). It would be the second time in the last five seasons that Detroit started out 6-2 and missed the playoffs.

The Packers won this game because they were better prepared. Mike McCarthy even knew the tendencies of the referee crew. This was reflected in the play of each unit...

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