Detroit Lions Will Look to Regroup Against Colts After Thanksgiving Heartbreak
The Detroit Lions have seen their playoff hopes torpedoed by three straight losses in games that could have gone either way, capped off by a frustrating 34-31 overtime loss to the Houston Texans as a 3.5-point home underdog Thursday. They will next look to hold on to their slim playoff hopes against the Indianapolis Colts in a third-straight home game.
Detroit had every opportunity to come away the winner against the Texans on Thanksgiving day. It's just as they did against the Green Bay Packers in the middle game of this tough stretch. This time it was an errant red challenge flag from head coach Jim Schwartz and a missed 47-yard field goal in overtime by kicker Jason Hanson that ultimately led to another Lions loss.
Just like versus the Packers in Week 11, Detroit had a fourth quarter lead against the Texans that they were unable to hold. The Lions lost despite outgaining Houston, having more first downs, holding sway in time of possession, and finishing equal in the turnover battle. Quarterback Matthew Stafford finished 31 of 61 for 441 yards and two touchdowns, but also was sacked three times at key moments of the game.
The Lions catch a Colts team in Week 13 that currently holds a Wild Card spot in the AFC with a record of 6-4. They play the Buffalo Bills at home on Sunday where they are a 3-point favorite.
The Lions will certainly need to win-out to have any chance of making the postseason. That would seem to make them dangerous, but after suffering such heartbreaking losses the last three weeks it might make you question their psyche if you're a bettor trying to beat the NFL odds. With that said, if Schwarz really can get the Lions to buy-in this week the upstart Colts could prove a beatable foil.
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