Being that the Detroit Lions played Thursday afternoon, It's another Sunday without football in Michigan. That means today is the perfect time to catch up on everything you need to know about the Lions, as they attempt to put another close loss behind them and battle back in the month of December. Before that, though, there's some lingering issues to wrap up from the past week.
Below, thoughts are included on the problems of the Lions in 2012, the rule which cost Jim Schwartz his dignity and Detroit a touchdown and Ndamukong Suh's latest foot incident.
- At 4-7, the Lions probably aren't going to make the playoffs this season. But what exactly went wrong between last year's 10-6 finish and this season's frustration? Dave Birkett examines that, and concludes with the help of Kyle Vanden Bosch that the Lions just haven't made the plays they've needed to make this year, when last year they made them all. Despite this, there's still hope for next season. —Detroit Free Press
- A big storyline heading into the Thanksgiving game was the benching of Titus Young. As we noted in this week's Hunt Report, Young wasn't missed at all, and Detroit's passing attack actually thrived without him. Birkett takes a closer look at this, and lauds Mike Thomas and Ryan Broyles for their fantastic efforts on Thursday. —Detroit Free Press
- Chris McCosky also takes a step back and looks at the chances the Lions had during Thursday's game against Houston. In the wake of so many missed opportunities, he says it's gut check time in Detroit for a team that can continue bottoming out or fight until the finish. —Detroit News
- Here's some good news on the rule front. In the future, no NFL team might get burned like the Lions did against the Texans. Famously, Schwartz wasn't allowed to challenge a critical play which cost his team a win. That might change in the near future, as Ray Anderson, director of football operations, believes the rule to be "too harsh." Gee, ya think? —Detroit News
- The news wasn't all good from Mr. Anderson, however. He also said Suh won't get the benefit of the doubt on his supposed kick of Matt Schaub during the game, and could be facing a one game suspension as a result of his actions. Personally, it seems too hard to say that Suh's actions were deliberate to me, so a suspension would not be justified. The witch hunt is in full effect, though, and the media is thirsty for Suh to be disciplined. Thus, expect a suspension. —Detroit News