Welp, that wasn't a lot of fun on Thanksgiving. Just some thoughts on where we are right now... 1) Running game - Abdullah the last few weeks has been horrible, averaging 2 and 2.3 yards per carry. This year, he is averaging 3.4 yards per carry. He also had fumbles each of the last two weeks that have cost the Lions. Riddick with much less carries has averaged 4.0 yards per carry. Abdullah is not the answer and our offensive line is not the reason. Sorry, Abdullah was not a good pick and does not do much after contact. Our line is built for one cut runners and he is an edge guy. While our line is not dominant, it is far from bad but we need a good running back next year to take some heat off of.... 2) Stafford did not have a great day but he is having to throw passes vs. 6, 7 or 8 defenders continuously. The reason is solely on the fact we do not have a running game at all. Stafford has weapons - Tate and Jones are doing what they can to make plays. Ebron is meh but the lack of a running back makes it even harder on receivers to find space. Stafford was definitely off today and did not put the team on his back. Then, after he got rolled up on, he was less than effective trying to throw the ball. 3) The rest of our schedule is at Baltimore (5-5) which should be a win, at Tampa Bay (4-6) which should be a win vs. a team with a backup QB, vs. Chicago which should be a win at home, at Cincinnati (4-6) which should be a win and wrapping up at home vs. Green Bay. That puts the team at 11-5. Now let's look at Atlanta, New Orleans, Seattle and Carolina who we are up against for Wild Cards- New Orleans - at Rams, home vs. CAR, at ATL, vs. NYJ, vs. ATL, at TB - New Orleans finishes 12-4 (L,W,L,W,W,W) Atlanta - vs. TB, vs. MIN, vs. NO, at TB, at NO, vs. CAR - Atlanta finishes at 10-6. (W,L,W,W,L,W) Carolina - at NYJ, at NO, vs. MIN, vs. GB, vs. TB, at ATL - Carolina finishes 10-6 (W,L,L,W,W,L) Seattle - at SF, vs. PHI, at JAX, vs. LAR, at DAL, vs. ARI - Seattle finishes 8-8 (W,L,L,L,L,W) In this scenario, the Lions would be 11-5 and make the playoffs as the first wildcard. If the Lions lose 1 of the games, it would cause a 3 way tie and Atlanta would be the 5th wild card and the Lions would be the 6th wild card and would open in New Orleans on wild card weekend. If I was a betting man, I would say that we lose 2 of the next 5 games, finish 9-7 and out of the playoffs with the 18th pick in the draft.