The former Northern Illinois standout hauled in 2-of-3 targeted passes for 80 yards and a touchdown in the Lions 2017 season finale, showing promise for years to come. And they ended their season on a high note, defeating the Green Bay Packers 35-11 in Detroit. He threw for just 172 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. With coach Jim Caldwell expected to be fired, it's possible Stafford will have to learn a new offense in 2018, unless the new coach keeps OC Jim Bob Cooter, who has done wonders with Stafford the past two years. Jamaal Williams gained 82 yards rushing and caught three passes for 31 yards. Receivers Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams, running back Aaron Jones, guard Jahri Evans and tight end Richard Rodgers were all inactive.
This was the 75th game that the Detroit Lions have hosted on Thanksgiving Day. Green Bay got on the scoreboard first for a 3-0 advantage thanks to Crosby's 41-yard field goal with exactly 5:00 showing on the clock in the opener.
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Jones turned in a terrific day of his own, hauling in four passes for 81 yards and a score. Packers cornerback Donatello Brown impeded Trevor Davis' attempt to catch a punt.
When the job becomes open, keep an eye on Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, a hire that would allow the Lions to keep the offensive side of the ball mostly in place.