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Lions need a win today against Packers

November 18, 2012
By CRAIG REMSBURG - Senior Sports Writer ( , The Mining Journal

I don't know Gavin Poquette, but I like what the 8-year-old Marquette resident has to say.

A self-proclaimed "newspaper lover," he wrote a letter to The Mining Journal's sports department this week criticizing the Detroit Lions' season to date.

"I love the Lions," Poquette wrote, "but are they good enough to make the playoffs? Personally, I think it's Matthew Stafford, the QB. He's not good at throwing.

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"The Lions are in deep trouble because there (sic) 4-5. Is it the coaching? Mostly, the plays are always running plays, not passing plays.

"Plus," he added, "the season doesn't get any easier. They play the Colts, Packers and Cardinals. So, playoffs or done? Let's find out."

With Gavin, I'd better worry about my job.

While Stafford has been inconsistent this season after a brilliant 2011 campaign, the entire team has underachieved since the first game of the season.

The Lions don't have an outside running threat, someone with speed to get around the corners, and they miss injured receiver Nate Burleson.

But the defense has been just as inconsistent, if not disappointing. The front four - thought to be a team strength - has not dominated like it should. Too many opposing quarterbacks are getting too much time to throw.

The Lions' linebacking corps is average and the secondary is largely pathetic, thanks in part to Louis Delmas spending so much time on the injured list.

In addition, the Lions' special teams play was just plain horrible for 2-3 games early.

It's tempting to say "stick a fork in them, they're done" when it comes to the current season. They need at least four wins - five would be better - in their last seven games to slide into the playoffs.

Coincidentally, the Lions play five of their last regular season games at Ford Field. Failure to take advantage of that would be lethal to their playoff chances.

It won't be easy. The Lions will host Green Bay (today), Houston, Indianapolis, Atlanta and Chicago, with not a "gimmee" win among any of those teams.

On the road, Detroit will play at Green Bay and Arizona, another couple of tough assignments.

The Lions may not be done, but they're on life support right now. A loss today against the Packers would probably end their playoff hopes.

To recover from that would be too much to hope for, especially with their coming schedule.

I'm with Gavin. The Lions are in deep trouble. We'll just have to see whether they respond to the challenge, or fold like a deck of cards.

Craig Remsburg can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251. His email address is



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