The Detroit Lions opened Week 12 on Thursday morning. They faced the Detroit Lions in a game that Detroit hosted. In a competitive game, Buffalo defeated the Lions 28-25 on a last-second field goal.
With the result, the Bills are now 8-3 on the season. They will move, at least temporarily, into first place in their division. However, the Miami Dolphins have the Houston Texans this week. As the presumptive winner, Miami would take back the top spot with a win on Sunday.
Detroit Lions’ comeback hopes crash into bad play calls
The Detroit Lions saw their three-game winning streak end as they fell to 4-7 on the season. They seemed to be flirting with challenging for a playoff spot, especially as the game against Buffalo appeared to be a coin toss. However, as losers of the game, they are now major afterthoughts for any kind of playoff qualification.
The Lions, on their final possession, found themselves down three. Facing third-and-one, they decided to go deep, a play that resulted in an incomplete pass. The Lions were able to tie the game with a field goal, however, they also left enough time for Buffalo to rally on their own final offensive drive. It was this drive that resulted in the game-winning field goal. Arguably, they should have played it safe on third-and-one and secured the first down, given that they had all of their timeouts.
Josh Allen now leads the NFL in interceptions
One statistical tidbit from the game is that Josh Allen had one interception. That brings his season total to 11 on the season. That total ties him with Davis Mills for the most INTs this season. Mills appears to have lost his starting job in Houston so he, presumably, will not throw any interceptions unless something leads to him getting snaps back.
The Bills now have three games coming up against their divisional rivals, the New England Patriots, the New York Jets, and the Miami Dolphins. The Lions have bye week before they will face the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 14.