Amid the Action: Thanksgiving Wrap-up
December 4, 2015
The Lions showed up and so did Cam Newton and the Panthers. But, Aaron Rogers has me worrying. Here’s a recap of the Thanksgiving games.
Lions Crush Eagles
On Thanksgiving, the Detroit Lions crushed the Philadelphia Eagles 45-14. The Lions improved to 4-7 while Philadelphia also advanced to 4-7. Up next, the Lions will play the Packers on Dec. 3 while the Eagles play the Patriots on Dec. 6.
Detroit’s quarterback Matthew Stafford had quite the day. He threw for 337 yards, and had five touchdown passes. Five! Three of the passes went to Calvin Johnson, a.k.a. “Megatron.” His first touchdown went to wide receiver Theo Riddick. Golden Tate caught the following touchdown, and Calvin Johnson scored the next three.
Rookie Ameer Abdullah lead the Lions in rushing that game. He carried the ball 16 times and collected 63 yards rushing. His longest run of the day was for 23 yards.
Of course, Calvin Johnson was the leading receiver for Detroit that game. Johnson had eight catches for 93 yards and three touchdowns, the longest being 25 yards.
Mark Sanchez led Philadelphia in passing, playing in the spot of the injured Sam Bradford. Sanchez completed 19 out of 27 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns. One touchdown went to Tight End Brent Celek and the other went to wide receiver Jordan Matthews.
Philadelphia’s offense was led in rushing by former Oregon Duck Kenjon Barner. Barner collected 30 rushing yards on 7 carries with his longest run of the game a 16-yard scamper.
Jordan Matthews led the team in receiving with three catches for 60 yards. Matthews longest catch of the game was a 24 yard catch that turned into a touchdown.
At the end of the game I was shocked at the score. I expected the Lions to win, but not by that much. The Eagles were drastically affected when Nolan Carroll came out with a broken foot, as a rookie Eric Rowe filled his spot. Johnson schooled him, scoring 21 points on him, as Mathew Stafford had quite the day.
Panthers continue perfect season
On Thanksgiving, the Carolina Panthers advance to 11-0, with a 33-14 win over the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys have now fallen to 3-8, and they lost quarterback Tony Romo again to an injury. In their next game, the Panthers will play the New Orleans Saints on Dec. 6. The Cowboys will play again on Dec. 7 against the Washington Redskins, who are in their division, NFC East.
Carolina quarterback Cam Newton completed 16 out of 27 passes for 183 yards.
Running back Jonathan Stewart led the team in rushing that game with 66 yards on 21 carries. His longest run went for eight yards.
Jerricho Cotchery led Carolina in passing that game with five catches for 73 yards. Cotchery’s longest catch was 24 yards.
Tony Romo, who was injured in the second half, led Dallas with passing. He had 106 yards that game, completing 11 out of 21 passes. Matt Cassel, who completed 13 out of 19 passes for 93 yards and one touchdown, replaced him.
Darren McFadden led the Cowboys in rushing, with 11 yards on ten carries. His longest run of the day was eight yards. McFadden also lead the team in receiving, catching 4 passes for 45 yards with his longest catch of the day at 21 yards.
I wasn’t too surprised by the Panthers’ victory, but I was impressed by their defense who scored twice. The very first play of the game was an interception returned for a touchdown by Carolina’s Kurt Coleman, putting the Panthers on the board in the first minute of the game.
Luke Kuechly also had two picks in a row, with one of them being returned for a 32 yard touchdown.
Bears upset Packers
The Chicago Bears beat the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving night, improving to a 5-6 overall record and are in third place in NFC North. The Packers have slipped to 7-4 and are second in NFC North. Chicago’s next game will be against the San Francisco 49ers on Dec. 6. The Packers will play the Lions on Dec. 3.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler completed 19 out of 31 passes that game, collecting 200 yards and threw one touchdown.
Jeremy Langford stepped up and led Chicago in rushing that game. Langford rushed 12 times for 48 yards. His longest run of the day was 14 yards and he had one touchdown.
Alshon Jeffrey led the Bears in receiving. He caught seven passes for 90 yards with his longest catch of the day at 22 yards.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rogers threw for 202 yards, completing 22 out of 43 passes. Rogers had one touchdown and one interception that game.
Eddie Lacy came back hot, running for 105 yards on 17 carries with his longest run at 29 yards.
Randall Cobb led the team in receiving, catching six passes for 74 yards. The longest catch of the night for him was 32 yards.
I really expected the Packers to win this one. After beating the Vikings, they looked like themselves a little bit, moving the ball effectively. We saw none of that Thursday night, and the Packers looked like a mess. Aaron Rogers gave the fans a scare after an injury to his wrist, but he stayed in. Eddie Lacy was back on track, but that couldn’t pull them to a victory. Are the Packers losing their touch?