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.