Alright, time to focus on the real league. The Lions face another tough test this week and will once again be on display for the nation, but this time on Sunday Night Football. While there was some optimism around the Packers game last week, it's hard to find one person who believes the Lions win tonight. The Lions will need to go, at the very least, 3-2 down the stretch, but given the schedule of the other wild card contenders, they may actually have to go 4-1 to clinch a playoff spot. A win in New Orleans would do a lot to instill confidence that 4-1 is more than possible. A loss would make every game left on the schedule "must-win". A high-stakes game in December: terrifyingly awesome. Here's what you got to read:
My articles were a little limited as I lost power for a day due to LA winds, but I had time to do my usual Packers game recap, video review of the Lions' second string secondary, and, of course, my "On Paper" preview that suggest this game could be a lot closer than many think. Next week, you can expect a full dose of "Stafford Infection" (pun very much intended). Apologies for omitting it this week.
Stuff Better Than Mine (with as little "Suh" as possible)
- Ty at Bleacher Report talks a little 3-3-5 formation from the Lions to try and stop Drew Brees. Formation Pr0n!
- Colleague Latif at Pride of Detroit continues to improve on his already impressive breakdown of the opponent's offense and defense. Get yourself informed on the Saints' Offense and Defense right meow.
- Is the Saints game a must win? SideLion Report breaks down the importance of the game and the likelihood of a Lions playoff berth.
- Neil at Armchair Linebacker, who is clearly mid-breakdown, addresses the bipolar-ness of fans and previews Saints/Lions
Moving Pictures Time!
I don't know what pleases me more: the Redneckness of it all,
or the fact that someone bet their flatscreen on the Redskins.
(Skip to 1:45 in the video for some good ole' TV shootin! YEE HAR!)
I thought this was the coolest grandma ever until she said she liked Reggie Bush.
Indeed this is the number one Saints fan, as long as you measure fandom
by number of beads and quality of parody songs.
Go Lions! (and Houston! and Kansas City!)