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Which team will show up on Sunday? The team that whooped the Packers on Turkey Day? or the one that crapped the bed against the Eagles? Your guess is as good as mine, but the game should be entertaining, to say the least.....

If memory serves, the last time these 2 teams faced each other, the Raven whooped the snot out of Jimmy and the Lions, will history repeat or will they get revenge?

Note: I think the last few SB winners have faced and beaten the previous years' SB winner...meaning that if you want to know who will win the Super Bowl in Feb, just look at the Ravens schedule and see who beat them....

This is a no doubt MUST WIN for this team. IF they pull their heads out of their collective arses, then should be able to do it...if not, then the Same Old Lions are back, yet again.

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ya they did kill us. i think rice had two 80+ yard TD runs in that game in Baltimore.

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TheRealWags wrote:
Which team will show up on Sunday? The team that whooped the Packers on Turkey Day? or the one that crapped the bed against the Eagles? Your guess is as good as mine, but the game should be entertaining, to say the least.....

If memory serves, the last time these 2 teams faced each other, the Raven whooped the snot out of Jimmy and the Lions, will history repeat or will they get revenge?

Note: I think the last few SB winners have faced and beaten the previous years' SB winner...meaning that if you want to know who will win the Super Bowl in Feb, just look at the Ravens schedule and see who beat them....

This is a no doubt MUST WIN for this team. IF they pull their heads out of their collective arses, then should be able to do it...if not, then the Same Old Lions are back, yet again.


Im expeting a team that plays well, and would hands down if they didn't __________ so many times (fumble, throw picks, get penalized, you fill in the blanks). it will come down to a last second play by someone for the win...hopefully it'll be a Lion


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Note: I think the last few SB winners have faced and beaten the previous years' SB winner...meaning that if you want to know who will win the Super Bowl in Feb, just look at the Ravens schedule and see who beat them....
I went back 5 years and the reigning SB Champ was indeed beaten by the next one.

Which means, so far, the next SB Champ is one of these teams:
Denver Broncos
Buffalo Bills
Green Bay Packers
Pittsburgh Steelers
Cleveland Browns
Chicago Bears

Hopefully Detroit will add their name to that list on Sunday...

:idea: :arrow:

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This needs to change:
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That flapping sound you hear is the wings of the Lions playoff chances flying away.

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Bush says he’ll play Monday after unusual muscle pull
Posted by Darin Gantt on December 12, 2013, 5:54 AM EST

Lions running back Reggie Bush still isn’t quite sure how it happened, but he said he will be back this week after a strange muscle pull in his right calf kept him off the field last week against the Eagles.

Bush pulled up lame moments before the game after aggravating the injury, and went back to the locker room to try to warm up and get it ready, but it wasn’t happening.

“I can’t even sit here and lie and say I would have been able to push through it,” Bush said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “I couldn’t push through it.”

The Lions clearly missed him in the snowy loss to the Eagles, after they already deactivated Mikel Leshoure.

“I felt ready to go. Coaches asked me if I was OK to go and I said, ‘Yeah, I feel good,’” Bush said. “It’s just one of those things. It’s honestly never happened to me before. I’ve never missed a game for a pulled muscle, so I look forward to getting back this week.

“It’s very frustrating because what was at stake, playing on the road and just being out there with my teammates,” he said. “It’s always hard watching from the sideline being a spectator. I hate it, so I look forward to getting back this week.”

Bell fumbled twice in the blizzard with an increased workload (23 carries for 69 yards). But if Bush is ready to go Monday against the Ravens,and can get to game time, the Lions have a much better chance of taking another step toward a division title.

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Well, THIS might help the team a little:
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Ravens’ Elam on Megatron: He’s old, so we’ll be physical with him
Posted by Michael David Smith on December 11, 2013, 6:02 PM EST

Ravens safety Matt Elam is 5-foot-10 and 210 pounds, while Lions receiver Calvin Johnson is 6-foot-5 and 236 pounds. So it wouldn’t seem to benefit Elam to try to get physical with Megatron when the two meet on Monday night.

But Elam, a 22-year-old rookie, says that when taking on an old guy like the 28-year-old Johnson, you always have to get physical.

“He’s pretty old, so I don’t know how physical he’ll be,” Elam said. “He’s a big guy, but he’s older. I guess when they get older they’re not going to be as physical, you know what I’m saying? We’re going to have to be physical, make him uncomfortable.”

Elam also said that Johnson is a “Big, fast, athletic, unstoppable, freak,” but you can bet those “old” comments will make their way to the Lions’ locker room. The Lions have previously acknowledged getting motivation from opposing teams snubbing Megatron, such as the time then-Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said Johnson would only be the third-best receiver on the Cowboys. After Ryan made those comments, Johnson scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns in leading Detroit to a come-from-behind victory over Dallas.

In a big game for both teams’ playoff hopes, Ravens fans will have to hope Johnson doesn’t make Elam eat his words.

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Doesn't CJ usually go for ~200 when the opposing team says something like this?

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Pretty old? lol, yeah. 28 is ANCIENT for the WR position.

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wrong window Wags....

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Post Re: Next up: Baltimore Ravens
Lions spend the first half looking like they want to throw it away, come back in the second half and win.

The Lionbacker board remains utterly frustrated with the team. :D


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Post Re: Next up: Baltimore Ravens
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Calvin Johnson on Matt Elam: I’ll show him that old-man strength
Posted by Josh Alper on December 12, 2013, 1:50 PM EST

Ravens safety Matt Elam tugged on Megatron’s cape this week when he said that the Ravens secondary was going to be physical with Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson on Monday night because the 28-year-old Johnson was too old to play a physical game.

As you’d imagine, the comments made their way to Johnson on Thursday. Johnson joked that he would show Elam and the Ravens what he could do with his old-man strength and then pointed out that Elam could say just about anything he wants since he and Johnson won’t be going head-to-head during the game.

“He can talk all he wants. He plays back. I don’t see him every play unless I run past him,” Johnson said, via Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun.

Johnson also said he thought that Elam and fellow Ravens safety James Ihedigbo were “nothing extraordinary” and that he thought the Lions will be able to make plays downfield against the Baltimore defense. The statistics bear that out as the Ravens have given up 16 passing plays of 40 or more yards this season, the most in the league.

The Lions are No. 2 on that list, so there’s a pretty good chance of a shootout on Monday night.

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Joe Flacco would prefer Matt Elam had kept trap shut
Posted by Darin Gantt on December 12, 2013, 4:37 PM EST

As you might imagine, it didn’t take Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson to notice when somebody called him old.

And it took less time for Ravens safety Matt Elam’s teammates to light him up as well.

Elam got the ball rolling this week, claiming that Johnson was old, and thus susceptible to physical defense. To which Johnson replied by promising to show his old-man strength.

And then his teammates had their turn.

“You just kind of look at him and say ‘Dude, what are you thinking? It’s Calvin Johnson,’” Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said, on a conference call with Detroit reporters.

Flacco also said the Ravens took shots downfield at Elam all day in practice, to prepare him for what he’s likely to face Monday, when Johnson gets a chance to prove his strength in person.

It’s a good strategy, and perhaps Flacco can offer Elam advice on how to be dull at the right times.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/20 ... trap-shut/
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John Harbaugh would also prefer Matt Elam kept his trap shut
Posted by Josh Alper on December 12, 2013, 5:26 PM EST

Ravens rookie safety Matt Elam created a stir by saying Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson was old and that the Ravens could stop him on Monday night by being physical with him as a result.

Johnson responded, saying that he’d show off his old-man strength to Elam while saying that he thought Detroit could make some plays against the Ravens safety. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco wondered what Elam was thinking by calling out the league’s best wide receiver before a game and now coach John Harbaugh has chimed in with further criticism of Elam’s verbal volley.

“I don’t appreciate it,” Harbaugh said, via the team. “It doesn’t help us. You get a guy like Calvin Johnson all fired up, that’s really not the idea.”

Flacco said earlier in the day that the team took deep shots at Elam throughout practice to try to get him ready for what he’ll face against Johnson on Sunday. It doesn’t help matters that linebacker Elvis Dumervil wasn’t able to practice with the ankle injury that kept him out last week. Whatever Elam’s feeling about the best way to approach defending Johnson, keeping balls from getting in the air at all would be safer.

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Double Coverage: Ravens at Lions
December, 13, 2013
By Michael Rothstein and Jamison Hensley | ESPN.com

For the Baltimore Ravens and Detroit Lions, the playoffs are beginning well before the actual postseason starts. In reality for both teams, they begin Monday night.

Both the Ravens and Lions are fighting for playoff berths and are hanging on to those spots by head-to-head tiebreakers -- in the Lions' case for the NFC North title and for the Ravens, the No. 6 seed in the AFC.

And depending what happens Sunday, one or both teams might need a win just to keep pace.

ESPN.com Detroit Lions reporter Michael Rothstein and Baltimore Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley break down what might happen Monday and who might leave "Monday Night Football" still with a playoff berth in their hands.

Rothstein: Up until Sunday, Detroit's run defense had been very, very good. Add to that Ray Rice appears to be struggling this season. What's going on with Rice and does the Lions' stout run defense mean more of Monday night's game is on the shoulders of Joe Flacco?

Hensley: Rice's best two games over the past eight weeks have come against NFC North teams, but a lot of backs have had success against the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings this year. The Ravens would love Rice to duplicate what LeSean McCoy (217 yards rushing) did against the Lions, but I'm pretty sure there's not going to be any snow in Ford Field. Getting the run game on track has been the biggest challenge for the Ravens, who are averaging a league-worst 3.0 yards per carry.

Baltimore hasn't abandoned the ground attack. The Ravens, though, haven't shown much confidence in it either. They have put the ball in the hands of their $120.6 million quarterback to win games. Flacco has thrown over 30 passes in nine of the past 10 games. The problem with that strategy has been the increase in turnovers. Flacco has thrown a career-worst 17 interceptions, including three Sunday. Only two quarterbacks -- Geno Smith and Eli Manning -- have thrown more.

Speaking of turnovers, why have the Lions had so much trouble holding onto the ball this year?

Rothstein: It's a combination of factors, starting with Matthew Stafford. In some ways -- and yes, weather is an excuse here -- Sunday's "fumbleathon" against Philadelphia can be attributed to the weather because so many of those miscues happened when visibility was nil and in blizzard-like conditions. But Stafford has thrown a lot of interceptions in the second half of the season and some of those are just poor reads with which he should be doing better. Others are the fault of his receivers, who lead the league in drops with 41, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Reggie Bush has had some fumbling issues, too, and that has been a major problem for the Lions' top free-agent acquisition. It really comes down to Bush improving his ball security and Stafford making smarter decisions.

You mention the Jimmy Smith-Calvin Johnson matchup in the video. Every team has kind of schemed differently for Johnson this season. What do you think the Ravens will do?

Hensley: The Ravens don't have their cornerbacks shadow the same receivers, but they will want Smith on Johnson as much as possible because he's their most physical defender. Smith is going to have to play better against Johnson than he did in the 2012 preseason. In the game, Smith was beaten by Johnson on a leaping, 18-yard touchdown. He later held Johnson when the receiver went past him on the next drive.

But Smith is playing with more confidence and more aggressiveness in his first full season starting. He has allowed only 22 catches over his past 10 games. That is an impressive total when you consider he has covered the likes of Cleveland’s Josh Gordon, Cincinnati’s A.J. Green, Chicago’s Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery and Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown during that time.

The Ravens have some speedy receivers as well with Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones. Of course, Flacco will need time to get the ball to them. How difficult will it be for the Ravens to slow down the Lions' pass rush?

Rothstein: Depends which pass rush shows up. If it is the one that played in the last Green Bay game (seven sacks), then Flacco's success will be predicated on whether he can make the first read correctly. If the pass rush is less successful, then Flacco could have a big day. Much of it will depend on how many people Baltimore keeps home besides the five offensive linemen.

If Baltimore decides to try to block Ndamukong Suh one-on-one, it'll be a long night. The pass rush's success also will depend on rookie end Ziggy Ansah. If Ansah is healthy enough to play, he becomes a huge difference-maker for the Lions as teams have really struggled to deal with Suh on the inside and Ansah outside. If Ansah can't play -- he injured his shoulder against Philadelphia -- then that's a big bonus for the Ravens.

The Ravens were a Super Bowl team last year. Now, they appear to be very much in the middle of the pack. Did Ray Lewis and Anquan Boldin make that big of a difference?

Hensley: I would argue that the Ravens have missed a healthy Dennis Pitta (out 12 games with dislocated hip) and Jacoby Jones (injured knee in season opener) more than Boldin and Lewis. You can throw in there that the Ravens have missed the same production from Ray Rice as well. Offensively, the Ravens haven't had as much of a void with Boldin as previously thought. Torrey Smith has assumed the No. 1 receiver job, and rookie Marlon Brown has been a weapon in the red zone with six touchdowns. And defensively, there hasn't been much talk of the loss of Lewis because Daryl Smith has played so well in the middle. The Ravens defense is statistically much better than last year's group.

So, why has there been so much of a drop-off this year? The offensive line and Rice have been major disappointments. There have been too few running lanes and too many sacks allowed. The lack of a running game and the inability of Rice to make plays in the open field have hamstrung this offense. The other problem has been coming up short in close games. Last year, the Ravens had the NFL's most wins in games decided by three points or fewer. This year, Baltimore has the second-most losses (four) in such games. The Ravens have begun to find a way to win those close games recently, which is why they're back in the playoff race.

The Ravens have historically come through in these December games, which is why they've made the playoffs in each of the past five seasons. Do the Lions feel added pressure in times like these because they've made the playoffs only once since the 1999 season?

Rothstein: I don’t think they do, but there is a lot at stake for Detroit over these last three games. Besides the Lions' second playoff appearance in three seasons, this is a chance at Detroit’s first division title since 1993 and if the Lions don’t make the playoffs, there probably will be at least a conversation about Jim Schwartz’s future in Detroit.

So there are, without question, a lot of things weighing on the Lions. But for them it has been all about the mistakes they have been making and what they need to correct. Whether they do that over the last three games will essentially decide their fate.

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MATCHUP ANALYSIS
Jamison Hensley: The Ravens' experience in big games like these in December gives them an edge over the Lions. Plus, Flacco has a 92.3 career passer rating when playing indoors and the Lions have the NFL's 25th-ranked pass defense.
Ravens 27, Lions 23

Michael Rothstein: The Lions know what is on the line here and depending what happens Sunday, might be trying to keep pace with Chicago if the Bears win. Also, calling Calvin Johnson old is no way to try to keep him quiet. He has a huge game Monday.
Lions 31, Ravens 23
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Lions are going to bounce back strong. They have been lambasted this week. They play best when their backs are against the wall. Well, their backs are against the wall. I see a blowout win for the Lions to kick off a 3 game win streak to go in to the playoffs on. Teams are 3-7-1 the week after they play the Seahawks. The Giants will be on the weeks following their Seahawks game plus the suck anyway. And the Vikings just blow. Ponder at QB is simply laughable.


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