Let me get it off my chest first and foremost – Lions DT Ndamukong Suh is a thug. He is a bone head and should be suspended for at least two games after stamping that poor kid with his giant boot. I am not sure whether he thinks or not, or if his brain is dumber than his shoulders, but serious action needs to be taken.
It is 21-0 and Green Bay CB Charles Woodson just picked off Lions QB Matthew Stafford, Stafford’s third, and the future looks bleak for Detroit. There is no way the division is possible, but let’s look into just why the upstart Lions might not even make the postseason.
First off, the Packers have been able to run the ball with a combo of James Starks, John Kuhn, and Ryan Grant. Despite a possible sit out from Starks, the Packers have been able to slow the pass rush by keeping them honest. It also does not help that seemingly every time the Lions through DT Nick Fairley, DT Ndamukong Suh, and DE Kyle Vanden Bosch are roughing the passer and using hands to the face.
It also does not help that Suh will, and should, miss a few games after stamping.
Even amid the eventual suspension of Suh, there are multiple injuries to key players on both sides of the ball for Detroit whereas at the end of the third, the Packers have not seen many casualties. S and CB Louis Delmas and Chris Houston are down, as resurgent RB Kevin Smith also went down early on a reverse play where he got hurt with no contact.
Couple these injuries with the loss of Suh and RB Jahvid Best along with several footballs sailing on QB Matthew Stafford leading to three picks off his broken index finger, and suddenly this looks like a team riddled with injuries. It is not good to be thankful on this Thanksgiving for any person or place falling under malefaction, but right now the injury to Bears QB Jay Cutler looks like the only thing the Lions have to be thankful for.
The Lions will have a demoralizing loss ahead of them, now 24-0 to the Packers, a host of injuries to key positions, and a distant future that looks solid, but at a close eye, devastating.