Lions lose to Texans: 10 Observations from Thanksgiving

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
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Matt Patricia, Detroit Lions
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8. That close up of Sheila Ford Hamp in the owners box

A screenshot making the rounds on social media last night was of the distraught owner with her face buried in her hands, unable to even bear witness her team’s performance in the fourth quarter. Of course, hers was just a public expression what the rest of us were also feeling.

Only difference is, Sheila Ford Hamp has the power to do something about it. That ‘SFH’ printed out sign in the corner of the box presumably mean the owner’s initials, but it might as well have stood for ‘Shake my Freaking Head’.

9. The Dallas Cowboys aren’t in any better shape than the Lions

The second game of the Thanksgiving doubleheader was a refreshing reminder that someone always has it worse. Dallas has a more talented roster, much higher expectations, increased national scrutiny, a far weaker division to compete for, a more invested and hands-on owner, and somehow they’re even worse than the Lions right now.

The Cowboys’ 41-16 loss to Washington followed a similar script, with a somewhat competitive game getting blown wide open in the final quarter. If misery loves company, the Lions and Cowboys might as well be joined at the hip right now.

10. It’s going to get worse before it gets better

I never give up hope on a Lions’ season until the eighth loss, but that’s a foregone conclusion at this point. For the third straight season, the Lions couldn’t even make it past Thanksgiving with a prayer of a chance at the playoffs. Matt Patricia has to be gone, the Patriots Midwest experiment has officially failed, and this is going to be a long, dark winter for the Detroit Lions and their fans.

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Someday it’s going to get better, it has to. For the foreseeable future though, there’s going to be a lot of sewage to crawl through before reaching the end of the the tunnel and finding redemption. Can we hang on long enough to be there when it’s found?