Carolina Panthers vs Detroit Lions

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Nicely, that de-escalated rapidly.
Lions’ followers had their hopes up after three wins in 4 video games just lately till a three-game dropping streak dashed any hopes of a playoff push.
However earlier than Lions’ followers shift all their focus to the draft, there’s three straight residence video games in entrance of the workforce proper now.
Plus, Carolina and the Los Angeles Rams instantly seem extra beatable than they did a few weeks again, and a Mitch Trubisky Thanksgiving go to is sandwiched between these video games.
As this Lions’ season has taught us: Typically anticipate the sudden.
Listed below are 5 issues to observe Sunday in opposition to Carolina (1 p.m., FOX, WJR 760):

1. Ford Area feeling

An angsty crowd will likely be coming downtown on Sunday, most likely able to boo lustily if issues go sideways early.
Matthew Stafford and the protection could be properly served to have a very good first quarter for the Lions’ trustworthy to maintain the religion.

2. Can corners cowl?

Lions cornerbacks have had all kinds of issues through the present three-game dropping streak.
Nevertheless, issues could possibly be trending higher, as Darius Slay (knee) ought to return this week, and Carolina’s receivers definitely aren’t Adam Thielen or Allen Robinson.
Devin Funchess (Michigan), D.J. Moore and Jarius Wright aren’t scaring anybody, and will give an embattled group some confidence.

three. The opposite McCaffrey

Detroit followers would possibly care extra about Dylan McCaffrey, who simply would possibly be Michigan’s beginning quarterback subsequent season.
However his older brother is among the most harmful offensive weapons within the NFL.
Christian McCaffrey is definitely Carolina’s main receiver with 54 receptions. He additionally has a team-leading 4 landing receptions and already is over 1,000 yards in whole offense.
He’ll problem the linebackers in house and will break off some massive features, which the Lions have struggled to include.

Four. Corralling Cam

Carolina quarterback Cam Newton is 2-1 all-time in opposition to the Lions, along with his solely loss coming throughout his rookie season in 2011.
Within the two victories since, Newton is 48-of-67 passing (71.6 p.c) for 636 yards, 4 touchdowns and no interceptions.
Newton was sacked seven occasions in these two video games, although, a pattern that the Lions ought to proceed in making his life as tough as potential.

5. Enjoyable and fantasy

Groups preparing for a brief Thanksgiving week have been taking good care of enterprise these days.
The 18 groups which have performed on Thanksgiving day within the final three years have went 14-Four outright of their earlier video games, and 15-2-1 in opposition to the unfold. The Lions (gasp!) could possibly be a pleasant guess this week, particularly as underdogs by greater than a area objective.
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