Inactives have been announced for the Detroit Lions’ now-meaningless final game of the season against Minnesota.
It seems the Metrodome is going to be sent off without a collection of the best players on both teams.
No Calvin Johnson for #Lions today. Also inactive: Houston, Green, Bentley, Waddle, Gandy and Moore. Slay, Fox and Ogletree to start.
— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) December 29, 2013
Vikings Inactives: QB J. Freeman, T M. Remmers, DT L. Guion, WR R. Smith, RB A. Peterson, CB X. Rhodes, RB T. Gerhart
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) December 29, 2013
The Lions will be playing today without Calvin Johnson , their starting right tackle, and four of their top five cornerbacks. That means Matthew Stafford has one last opportunity to prove he can actually have success as a quarterback without using Johnson as a crutch.
It also likely means second-year player Chris Greenwood will get some game experience. Considering this game is meaningless in terms of the postseason, one thing to look for is his performance today (admittedly against a receiving corps of limited talent). Greenwood won’t be eligible for the practice squad next year, so either he’s ready to play now (or by the end of another training camp), or it’s time to give up on his high ceiling.
For the Vikings, with the top two running backs out, they get to see if Matt Asiata can re-create his three-touchdown performance from a couple weeks ago against Philadelphia. Of course, it might also be an opportunity for the Lions’ run defense to further improve their numbers.
Both these teams are looking at a great deal of turnover in the offseason, both in the coaching staff and the roster. so while this game has no implications this season, look for the young guys and free agents, playing for their livelihoods next season. There’s honestly not much else to pay attention to.