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Lions start fast on Thanksgiving

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On the first play from scrimmage on Thanksgiving, Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt burst through the line and sacked Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford for a seven-yard loss. But that didn’t set the tone.

After that play, the Lions’ offense methodically marched down the field, with a 12-play, 80-yard drive that took five minutes off the clock and culminated in a two-yard touchdown run by Mikel Leshoure. It was the first time all season that the Lions have scored a touchdown on their opening possession.

The Lions got big catches on the drive from receivers Calvin Johnson, Mike Thomas and Ryan Broyles (although Broyles also dropped what could have been a touchdown pass), and tight end Tony Scheffler lowered his shoulders to pick up some tough yardage and convert a third down.

Johnson’s 20-yard catch put him over 7,000 yards for his career, in his 87th career game. Only Lance Alworth, Torry Holt, Jerry Rice and Randy Moss have reached 7,000 yards faster.

Thanksgiving couldn’t have started much better for the home team.

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11 Responses to “Lions start fast on Thanksgiving”
  1. gator2006 says: Nov 22, 2012 1:00 PM

    Haha the horrible wind and fasting on Thanksgiving. Loving the un?intentional puns

  2. rgledz says: Nov 22, 2012 1:08 PM

    The Lions aren’t wearing the throwback’s for the Thanksgiving game……weak.

  3. thepunkyqb says: Nov 22, 2012 1:20 PM

    Lions just got straight up ROBBED by the Refs on that Punt Return fumble recovery in the 1st Quarter! WOW!

  4. timmons94 says: Nov 22, 2012 1:21 PM

    Nice missed call by mr tuck rule

  5. mophatici says: Nov 22, 2012 1:25 PM

    even on a holiday, suh plays dirty. you don’t rack the opposing quarterback. just wrong…

  6. mophatici says: Nov 22, 2012 1:30 PM

    that added kick at the end makes it look very intentional. he added a thrust to the crotch at the end. maybe the nfl shouldn’t let him play on Thanksgiving anymore

  7. jimmysee says: Nov 22, 2012 1:51 PM

    That’s big news.

  8. huskersrock1 says: Nov 22, 2012 2:09 PM

    I am so glad the Lions have improved, now we don’t have to watch a 44-0 beatdown on turkey day!

  9. onderin says: Nov 22, 2012 2:14 PM

    It should be noted…

    Jeff Backus out…the line does a decent job of protecting Stafford.

    …coincidence?

  10. deathonwings410 says: Nov 22, 2012 2:14 PM

    Suh is a dirty player. Trying to kill Schaub every chance he gets.

  11. isphet71 says: Nov 22, 2012 2:21 PM

    I challenge anyone that thinks Suh intentionally kicked Shaub’s groin to fall forward and kick out and hit that small of a target without looking.

    And no, that’s not a commentary on the size of Shaub’s groin.

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