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Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson has been suspended for the remainder of the season without pay due to his plea for reckless assault on what the league called an incident of abusive discipline toward his four year old son. Peterson is not owed any more guaranteed money by the Vikings. He has three days to appeal the suspension which the NFLPA is going ahead with. No surprise there.

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Detroit travels to Foxboro, Massachusetts to play New New England today at 1:00 P.M. Detroit enters the game having allowed a league best 156 points against a Patriots offense that has scored a league high 323 points. The Lions offense has been inconssistent this season with its running game still averaging around 3.2 yards per attempt. There may be hope in the the Patriots are near the top of the league allowing 4.2 yards per rushing attempt.

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Frequent blown coverage by Detroit gives New England a 34-9 win over the Lions who were largely overmatched. Tom Brady was 38-of-53 for 349 yards and two touchdowns. Special team plays by the Patriots aided their cause - a 66 yard punt by Ray Allen after the Lions had stopped New England inside their own 10 yard line and a long kickoff return put the Patriots in business at the Detroit 22 yard line.

Matthew Stafford was off target a few times. Some of it was Detroit's inability to keep New England out of the backfield. There were some dropped passes, one of them that should have been in front of the receiver. Detroit also failed to finish off drives, one of them in the red zone, forcing them to settle for field goals.

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Detroit plays Chicago in its annual Thanksgiving Day today at 12:30 P.M. at Ford Field. Detroit will need to plug its front line to keep Matthew Stafford upright. Its pass protection has been a major factor in Stafford's struggles this season and why the Lions are in the top five in sacks allowed with 33. Detroit would also benefit from an early start and staying on the gas pedal. In three of their previous four wins, the Lions had to rally late in the fourth quarter, benefitting from strange clock management. In one game they did get a good start, they let a 14 point lead slip through their hands in a loss to Buffalo on a field goal on the game's final play.

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Detroit exploits a banged up Chicago defense and imbalanced game plan for a 34-17 Thanksgiving Day win over the Bears. Blown coverage and missed tackles allowed Chicago to take a 14-3 lead in the second quarter. Detroit's offensive front line would struggle early on allowing the Bears into the Detroit backfield on a regular basis forcing some off target throws by Matthew Stafford and a fumble on the Lions' five yard line which was converted into the Bears' second score.

The Bears' secondary had difficulty staying with a healthy Calvin Johnson who caught 11 passes for 146 yards and Joique Bell gained 91 yards on 23 carries. Their game plan was heavily balanced in favor of the pass as Matt Forte was a nonfactor with six yards on five carries. Detroit had issues with blown coverage on third down on Chicago's first possession of the second half allowed three third down conversions, twice on long yard situations. Poor decisions by Bears' quarterback Jay Cutler resulted in two interceptions, on a downfield pass on which a receiver was open underneath for enough yardage for a first down in Bears' territory.

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Detroit hosts Tampa Bay at 1:00 P.M. Reggie Bush is probable coming off an ankle injury, the kicking game continues to improve, but the offensive line continues to struggle being in the top five in sacks allowed with 35. Tackle Riley Reiff has practiced after missing the Chicago game with a knee injury and guard Larry Warford has practiced after missing the last three games. Tampa Bay has been undisciplined of late having been flagged 43 times in the last four games for 361 yards and is now tied with Seattle as the most penalized team in the league.

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Detroit shuts down Tampa Bay's offensive front line in a 34-17 win. Detroit held Tampa Bay to 233 total yards, 26 on the ground and spent much of the day in Tampa Bay's backfield forcing three turnovers, all in the second quarter. The Lions continue to hurt themselves with costly penalties, several for 15 yards or more which led to both of Tampa Bay's touchdowns. A roughing the passing penalty and a goofy decision to run an interception out the end zone game the Buccaneers their first touchdown. Two pass interference penalties totaling 62 yards gave the Bucs their other TD.

Detroit was able to run the ball when needed, but on defense played too soft near the end of the game, but tightened up when needed.

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The sorriest performance of the week goes to the San Francisco 49ers for finding a way to lose 24-13 to an Oakland team that is still last in the league in six offensive categories and entered the game last in total points. The 49ers also allowed the first consecutive touchdown drives by the Raiders and squeezed out 4.4 yards per play on offense. Colin Kaepernick's game management were nowhere to be found in allowing five sacks, threw two interceptions, and drew multiple delay of game penalties.

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