Buffalo Bills 14, Detroit Lions 12 (box score)
Frequent readers of this blog will know that I have been a firm believer that the Detroit Lions are on the right track and that this team is vastly improved, even if it isn’t reflected in their record. Games like today’s make it hard for me to argue the point in earnest. It would take a lot of Lions cornbread and a pair of spectacles with awfully rosy colored lenses to pick any sign of progress out of the Lions loss in Buffalo.
With their one-armed franchise quarterback sidelined the Lions turned to their one-armed backup quarterback. While Shaun Hill’s good arm is his throwing arm it looked like either he or the play calling were limiting his throws to short and intermediate routes under 15 yards. Add to the equation a running game that seemed to have as many plays go for negative yardage as positive yardage and it felt like the Lions offense was playing within a tight box all game long.
The defense had their moments, highlighted by Lawrence Jackson’s early impact with a sack and forced fumble. Unfortunately the day was ultimately highlighted by poor tackling, especially on the Bills first drive of the second half in which they went down the field for what was eventually the game winning score with very little resistance.
The talk of offensive weapons followed by an anemic offensive game coupled with an overmatched defense and undisciplined penalties reeks of the Matt Millen era. We can hope that the Lions are emerging from that heap of stinking garbage but for at least one day we were mired in it once again. Want to know the secret to ridding Millen from our minds entirely? Avoiding performances like we saw today.
In 2008 the Lions went an imperfect 0-16. In 2009 they lost a home game to the St. Louis Rams who went on to finish just 1-15 on the season. Now it is 2010 and the Lions have become the first victim of the league’s last remaining winless team. Not a great three year stretch to say the least.
Feel free to use the comments section if you need to vent. Letting out a little steam is definitely in order.