Calvin Johnson’s combination of size, speed, strength and soft hands make him one of the NFL’s top receivers. At each practice, the Detroit Lions star takes paper detailing plays and makes notations of his own, highlighting, circling and underlining key words along the way. ”He’s one of the quietest guys I’ve been around and he works as hard if not harder than anyone else,” said receiver Lance Moore, a 10-year NFL veteran in his first season with the Lions.
Generally, Packers coach Mike McCarthy has been happy with how his team has practiced this season. What is happening during games continues to confound Green Bay, especially lately with its once-potent offense. The Packers will need to figure out their problems in a hurry with a trip to surging Detroit coming up on Thursday night.
Growing up in Ghana, Ziggy Ansah did dream of being coming a sports star in North America. Instead, Ansah’s lack of basketball ability has turned into a great benefit for the Detroit Lions, who have seen him become into one of the NFL’s most athletic and productive pass rushers. On Thursday, Ansah had a career-high 3 1/2 sacks as the Lions routed the Philadelphia Eagles 48-14.
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly didn’t have any answers, except for one. ”Yes,” Kelly said simply when asked if defensive coordinator Billy Davis would stay put after the Eagles were blown out for the second time in less than a week. Philadelphia lost 45-14 at Detroit on Thursday after losing 45-17 to Tampa Bay on Sunday.
After nearly a decade as Thanksgiving pushovers, the Detroit Lions have started playing their best in their holiday showcase. Matthew Stafford threw for five touchdown passes – three to Calvin Johnson – and the Lions routed the Philadelphia Eagles 45-14 on Thursday. It was Detroit’s third consecutive victory on Thanksgiving after nine straight losses.
Cam Newton ran for a touchdown and Carolina’s defence scored two more on interceptions as the Panthers improved to 11-0 with a 33-14 rout of the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday. Graham Gano kicked four field goals, including one from 50 yards, for Carolina who were playing on the US Thanksgiving holiday for the first time in franchise history. The Detroit Lions hammered the Philadelphia Eagles 45-14 and in a later game the Green Bay Packers hosted the Chicago Bears as the NFL scheduled three holiday contests on Thursday.