It just wouldn’t be a true Thanksgiving without the Lions losing, would it? But even though the final score wasn’t pretty, they hung strong for three quarters before finally folding like a camp chair. I’m full of delicious food, and in a good mood, so I’ll still hand out game balls.
Maurice Morris earns the offensive game ball from me this week. The Lions have been desperately missing a strong running attack all year, but they broke the 100 yard mark as a team this week, and Morris played a big part in that. His final numbers aren’t gaudy by any stretch of the imagination, but he carried nine times for 55 yards, which was good for a very strong 6.1 yard per carry average. His two touchdown runs kept the team competitive for three quarters.
(Defense and Special Teams after the jump…)
I’ll hand out the defensive game ball to future defensive rookie of the year winner Ndamukong Suh. Announcers Jim Nance and Phil Simms were raving about Suh early in the game, and he quickly made them look smart when he brought down Tom Brady for an early sack. Big Suh recorded the team’s only two tackles for loss, and was generally a load in the middle of the line.
Stefan Logan is my special teamer of the week. His kickoff returns gave the Lions good field position on several occasions. In all, Logan had seven kickoff returns for 194 yards; a 27.7 yard average. He was also in on a few tackles in kick coverage duties. It was a special day for the Lion’s best special teams player.