The Detroit Lions cruised by the Philadelphia Eagles in their traditional Thanksgiving Day game with a dominating score of 45-14.
Matthew Stafford has now led his team to three straight wins, and a possible playoff opportunity with a 4-7 record. The two NFC Wild Card spots are currently occupied by Green Bay and Atlanta, with records of 7-4 and 6-4, respectively.
The offense has struggled to get things going early in games this season, leading the firing of offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi after just over one full year. However, the changes Quarterbacks Coach Jim Bob Cooter has implemented while taking over the offense has resulted in major success.
On Thursday, Stafford bolstered a revived offense that saw Calvin Johnson return to dominance with five passing touchdowns, three of which found themselves in the arms of Megatron.
Although no receiver recorded more than 100 receiving yards on the day, Stafford found a way to spread the ball and distribute passes to a variety of targets, keeping both the defensive line and secondary in check.
Detroit also found a way to attack the Eagles Defense throughout the entirety of the game. For most the second half, Megatron was shadowed by the Eagles’ rookie cornerback Eric Rowe, whose first Thanksgiving game will be one to forget for him. Johnson now has six touchdowns on the year, doubling his total prior to Thursday.
The Lions now take on the Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night Football, who have now lost four out of their last five games.