TALE OF THE TAPE

Lions

  1. FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 23:  Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions passes the ball during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
    Tale Of The Tape: Detroit Lions At Chicago Bears

    No matter what happens from this point forward, the Detroit Lions are clearly an improved team over previous editions.

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    Tale Of The Tape: Minnesota Vikings At Detroit Lions

    The Vikings are not a top-level team by any stretch, but they are playing hard for rookie head coach Mike Zimmer and showing improvement.

  3. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images) (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
    Tale Of The Tape: Tampa Bay Buccaneers At Detroit Lions

    Josh McCown has not been able to work the same kind of offensive consistency with the Bucs that he did last year in Chicago.

  4. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images) (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
    Tale Of The Tape: Chicago Bears At Detroit Lions

    The Bears have a very tough assignment here, as they must take on the defensively stout Lions on their own turf on Thanksgiving Day.

  5. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
    Tale Of The Tape: Detroit Lions At New England Patriots

    The Lions are a maturing team that is no longer its own worst enemy. Instead of committing mindless penalties or turning the ball over at crucial moments, they are playing the game under control.

  6. detroit lions celebrating (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
    Tale Of The Tape: Detroit Lions At Arizona Cardinals

    The big difference between the Lions this year and in previous years is that they are avoiding the mistakes that allowed them to turn victory into defeat.

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