Good Morning and ROOOOAARRR!!!
Everything seemed calm Tuesday in the early afternoon, just a normal lead-in to a game with enormous implications for both the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers. Then Packers offensive lineman Josh Sitton turned it into something else entirely.
Sitton torched the Detroit defense, its assistant coaches and even head coach Jim Schwartz during a radio appearance Tuesday afternoon, calling them "dirtbags or scumbags."
Just in time for the breaking-bread holiday of Thanksgiving.
Considering this game has all the feel of an elimination game for both the NFC North race and the playoffs in general, antagonizing the Lions seems like a pretty questionable thing to do. Yes, these teams have a long history, even with these current players -- from Ndamukong Suh's stomp of Evan Dietrich-Smith to Dominic Raiola's altercation with the Wisconsin marching band earlier this season -- so they aren't all warm and cuddly.
Now, Sitton's comments add an extra layer of intrigue to what will already be an intense game.
And now a look at the rest of the Lions news around the Interwebs:
Raiola is going to play in his 200th regular season game Thursday. After two losses, the Lions had a small team meeting to rediscover focus -- a focus that won't be an issue for Calvin Johnson as he continues his regimen during a short week. The Lions dropped in the power rankings and also have much less wiggle room for a playoff spot.
Jordan Conn from Grantland writes very well about Ndamukong Suh.
The Free Press reports two of the Lions on the practice squad were involved in a car accident.
Dave Birkett from the Free Press writes that Chris Houston is waiting for more tests on his foot.
Pressure was the cause of Matthew Stafford's turnovers on Sunday, writes Justin Rogers of MLive.