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Detroit Proving to Not Be “Same Old Lions” In Late Season Stretch
Jeff Risdon – Bleacher Report
"It’s a good thing style points don’t matter in the NFL, because the Detroit Lions’ 16-14 win over the visiting Minnesota Vikings didn’t earn many. The Lions barely averted a disastrous loss with some timely big plays and a little luck, proving once again this Detroit team is a different animal.This was the exact kind of game seasoned Lions fans commonly refer to as “Same Old Lions”. The Same Old Lions would have found a way to lose this game, to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory."
With the First Pick
"It was a largely conservative game plan for Matthew Stafford and he only missed a handful of receivers while completing better than 60 percent of his throws. In close games like these, turnovers are the difference and Stafford didn’t turn it over for the third straight game."
Lions seize, not waste, their opportunities
Bob Wojnowski – The Detroit News
"Style points don’t count in this league, last time we checked. And that’s fine with the Lions, who don’t mind getting grubby, and are more than happy to clean up any messes.Instead of giving games away, the Lions are taking them away, no explanations necessary. Oh, they need to get their offense humming earlier and keep staring straight ahead. But they can see it all now, because they’ve been through it all."
Detroit Lions — Five things learned after win over Vikings
Paula Pasche — Oakland Press
"Five things learned Sunday after the Lions beat the Vikings 16-14:1. One win and the Lions are in the playoffs for the first time since 2011. Winning at the Bears at Chicago on Sunday is the most ideal path. Plus if the Lions beat the Bears, then upset the Packers at Green Bay on Dec. 28, they’ll win the NFC North. These next two games are outside in December. Coach Jim Caldwell has said all along he aims to have an indoor team with an outdoor mentality."
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