Plenty has changed in Detroit, thanks to some serious house-cleaning in the front office and another high-profile roster subtraction. But the problem remains the same for the Lions: They’ve yet to find the recipe for building a consistent winner.
In 1999, Detroit Lions star running back Barry Sanders shockingly retired at age 31. Almost 17 years later, another one of the greatest players to wear a Lions jersey unexpectedly retired in the prime of his career.
Since Green Bay couldn’t stop the Arizona juggernaut last Sunday in the desert, it must now conquer the Vikings for a second time in the season or end up consigned to a road trip during the first week of the postseason. It’s not the best situation for a team that was at one point 6-0 and presumably headed for big things.
A win for the Arizona Cardinals (12-2) this afternoon would clinch the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs. Ironically, Green Bay is the only team that can mathematically swap places with Arizona, giving this matchup added significance.
Looking at the schedule at the beginning of the 2015 season, many would have said the Green Bay Packers’ game against the Oakland Raiders would be a laugher or maybe a cakewalk. Instead, this game has a much different feeling to it in December than it did at the beginning of September.
The Minnesota Vikings (8-5) looked like one of the NFL's best teams before losing three of their last four games. But the Vikings still hold a two-game lead on a postseason spot and trail Green Bay by one game for the top spot in the NFC North .
The Detroit Lions (4-7) come into Thursday’s matchup with the Green Bay Packers (7-4) playing their best stretch of football all season long after winning each of the last three contests. On Thanksgiving, the Lions carved up the Eagles' defense as if it were the turkey dinner, rolling up 445 yards en route to a 45-14 thrashing.