In an up-and-down season, the Detroit Lions, 6-4, seemed poised to return to the playoffs. That is until they ran into division leader, Minnesota Vikings on Thanksgiving Day. A strong 1st quarter proved to be too much for the Lions as Case Keenum came right out of the gate with 1-yard passing TD to Kyle Rudolph and a 9-yard rushing touchdown to put the Vikings up 13-0. He would throw another 22-yard touchdown to Rudolph in the 2nd quarter. Keenum would finish the day with 282 YDS and 2 TDs.
Matt Prater would finish with 2 32-yard field goals and one 50-yarder. Matthew Stafford would connect with Marvin Jones Jr. for 2 touchdowns, 6 yards and 43 yards.
Week 13, the Detroit Lions would walk into M&T Bank Stadium to an absolute rout, 44-20. The Ravens started the strong with a 20-0 lead at halftime, but the Lions rushing game would come back strong with Theo Riddick and Tion Green scoring a touchdown each in the 3rd to put them within 7.
Baltimore would run away with the game in the 4th, outscoring Detroit 24-7 to give the Ravens the 44-20 victory.
The box score won’t reflect Matthew Stafford’s performance, who threw for 292 yards, 24-29 completions and 1 touchdown. Down 10, Stafford’s lone mistake was a crucial pick with 6-minutes to go in the 4th from Marlon Humphrey.
Continuing their road trip, the Lions paid a visit to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 14. The Lions were in control most of the game, holding a 21-7 lead heading into the 4th quarter. RB Theo Riddick rushed for 2 touchdowns and Stafford connected with Golden Tate for a 5-yard touchdown, making fantasy owners happy with a 381-yard performance.
The young Buc, Jameis Winston would make things interesting in the 4th with 2 70+yard drives resulting in a pair of Tampa Bay touchdowns (Woward, Wester) to tie the game. The Lions remained scoreless in the 4th quarter until Detroit’s season-long MVP, Matt Prater knocked in a 46-yarder for the win, 24-21, with 20 seconds left.
In their Color Rush uni’s, Prater and Stafford would carry that momentum into a rare Saturday, 4:30 game at Ford Field versus division rival, Chicago Bears.
Matt Prater would kick off the Lions lead with 2 field goals in the 1st half, 48-yarder in the 1st and 31-yarder in the 2nd. Matthew Stafford added with a 92-yard drive, capped off with a touchdown to TJ Jones followed by another touchdown to Eric Ebron in the 3rd to seal the back-to-back win, 20-10.
The Lions look to keep their playoff hopes alive when they head to Cincinnati on Christmas Eve. 1 PM start time.