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Lions Look Like Turkeys in 47-10 Thanksgiving Loss to Titans

Becoming almost comical, the Lions treated the rest of the country Thanksgiving Day to what Lions fans already knew. Their team is possibly the worst team the NFL has seen in a number of years. Sitting at 0-11, there was little hope Thursday of the team doing much of anything against the 11-1 Tennessee Titans, but at the end of the day, the Lions limped out of Ford Field to another round of boos after losing 47-10.

The team gave up 125 yards to rookie back Chris Johnson to go along with two TD’s, and LenDale White also went for 106 yards on the ground and two scores of his own as the laugher was over by the end of the first quarter with the Titans up 21-3. Tennessee led 7-0 just 1:30 into the game, and after Jason Hanson kicked a 53-yard field goal to make it 7-3, the Lions defense folded as Johnson went 58 yards for a score, and then Titans D-lineman Dave Ball picked off a Daunte Culpepper pass thrown right to him and went 15 yards for another score.

40 seconds into the second quarter White went for a six-yard TD, and then with 2:43 left in the half Tennessee went up 35-3 with another White score, this time from two yards out. Culpepper got the Lions their only TD of the day on a pass to Michael Gianes to make it 35-10 at the half.

Rob Bironas kicked four second half field goals for the final 37-point win for the Titans. The Titans had 19 first downs to just six for the Lions, and Tennessee outgained the Lions 456 yards to 154. The Lions were also 0-for-11 on third downs, while the Titans were 50% at 8-for-16. Detroit had just 23 yards rushing to 292 on the ground for the Titans.

Culpepper was 13-for-26 for 134 yards with one TD and one pick, and he was sacked twice. Drew Henson played in relief, and was 1-for-2 for 20 yards, and he was also sacked twice. Kerry Collins threw just 18 times, and was 11-for-18 for 127 yards. There was not much positive to say about the game for the Lions, other than it’s almost a given at this point the team will be able to get ready for the first pick of the draft in April.

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