NFL players spend their bye week a number of different ways. Ndamukong Suh took some of his time off to go visit NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss the way he had been officiated in an attempt to combat public sentiment that he is a dirty player. Back at the office, the Lions were busy working out a number of players without NFL jobs. Leonard Davis was signed to bolster depth along the offensive line and running back Kevin Smith rejoined the team after failing to land another gig following last season.
The second half of the season kicked off in Chicago against the Bears but the result was completely different than the first time the two teams met. Matthew Stafford wore a glove on his hand to help grip the ball with a broken finger and had his worst game of the season. Instead of putting some distance between themselves and the Bears, the Lions let the Bears back in the Wild Card discussion. It set up the first must-win of the season the following week against the Panthers. Stafford bounced back to have a huge day and the newly-signed Kevin Smith brought some life to the Lions running game in helping the Lions to a 49-35 victory over Carolina.
Our turkey-filled guts took a double punch with the Thanksgiving Day loss to the Green Bay Packers and the ejection of Ndamukong Suh for stomping Evan Dietrich-Smith that ultimately cost him his next two games. Additionally, the Lions placed Jahvid Best on season ending IR due to the effects of a concussion. November may not have ended on the best of notes for the Lions, but there was no doubt that they’d enter December as legitimate playoff contenders.