** The Lions are usually relevant around the NFL exactly once per season – at Thanksgiving. Even though it’s a couple of weeks early, I feel like I should be eating turkey this weekend.
** Could the Panthers actually lose this game? Absolutely. Even though Detroit is 0-9, it’s so far been impossible for a team to go 0-16 in the NFL. The Lions will beat somebody -- they came close to Chicago not long ago. If Jake Delhomme flings the ball around like he’s throwing left-handed again, like he did last week, it might be possible.
** Big day in store for the Panthers' pass rush. Carolina will get ahead, Daunte Culpepper is immobile and -- although Culpepper won't play every snap for Detroit at QB -- there are going to be at least 4-5 sacks for Carolina in this one.
** I don’t think Delhomme will throw the ball that badly for two games in a row. If he does, something’s wrong – especially since Detroit is 31st in the NFL in total defense. My prediction: Delhomme throws three TD passes and Carolina wins, 34-14.