There isn't necessarily an immediate cure for a hangover.
But following Sunday's loss at Dallas, Detroit's 26th consecutive road defeat, Jim Schwartz's club will need to find one.
The Lions will have to prepare for one of the league's top teams, the New England Patriots (8-2), when the two clubs duel on Thursday in the annual Thanksgiving Day game. Losers of three straight, Detroit will have to do so with very little time, and worse, not much confidence.
"You don't have a choice, you have to move on," defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch said following the 35-19 loss to the Cowboys. "We have to come in (Monday) and get ready for another good team. There are a lot of things we could learn from this game , but I don't know if we have much time to look back. We have to move forward.
Added Schwartz, "We have a 24-hour rule after a loss. We can't afford a 24-hour rule, we're on the clock for New England."
At least they'll be at home, where the team has notched each of its two wins in 2010. But they're also hampered by injuries. Starting defensive end Cliff Avril missed the Dallas contest, and could also be held-out of Thursday's tilt. And the team's offense, already reeling in the absence of quarterback Matthew Stafford (shoulder) and running back Kevin Smith (knee), could be without rookie Jahvid Best (turf toe).
Best was ineffective and played sparingly against Dallas, while Smith was placed on the injured reserve list, effectively ending his season.
That would leave Detroit with two minimally-used running backs: veteran Maurice Morris, who had a season-high 10 carries on Sunday, and second-year tailback Aaron Brown.
Best was noticeably slowed against the Cowboys, carrying the ball just three times for two yards. He lacked his trademark maneuverability, becoming an easy target for defenders he would traditionally dispatch with a quick juke.
He was a shell of that player on Sunday.
"This was different," Best said. "It bothered me more this week, so my role was reduced. I just tried to go out there and make something happen.
"In the pregame warmups, it was feeling pretty good, but it ended up not being so good. It's just my cutting. Sometimes I can plant and sometimes I can't. It's a tough thing to deal with."
Morris and fullback Jerome Felton combined for 45 yards on 14 carries.
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