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Five Keys to Loss Against the Packers
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The last time the Lions won on Thanksgiving Day it was 2003. I was a junior in high school. We beat the Packers and I thought it was the greatest thing in the world. The Lions have been blown out in practically every Thanksgiving Day game since. 

The game was ugly from the start. You know it's a bad game when the commentators talk about Stafford's gloves nearly every play. But that's just the beginning.

In the first half, the Lions were at least competitive, despite losing running back Kevin Smith to injury. The score at halftime was 7-0 Green Bay, which is beyond acceptable. The Lions were in it. Key word----were.

When the second half started, it appeared as if the Leos didn't even belong in the same building as the Packers; and it was their own stadium!

Penalty after penalty and injury after injury doomed the Lions. Let's face it. Whether you're playing against the Packers or the Jaguars----heck even if you're a college team playing against my beloved 3-9 Central Michigan Chippewas----you aren't going to win with sloppy play and penalties.

As if that wasn't enough, the interceptions and turnovers came piling in and the Packers started piling on. And then there was Ndamukong Suh. We'll get to him later.

All in all, there were five major keys to the Lions suffering yet another Thanksgiving Day loss to the Packers. By the way, they might as well make that the game every year, since it seems every other year we play the Packers----and have you ever noticed that Dallas always gets the easier draw on Thanksgiving? But I digress.

Here are the five keys that stood out, in my mind, to the Lions' loss on Thanksgiving.

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