Back-to-back come from behind wins at Minnesota and Dallas provided some early season excitement and an opportunity to learn valuable lessons without the sting of defeat. Within a matter of three weeks, the Lions had experienced defeat at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons with more lessons to be learned.
The way the Lions came out against the Denver Broncos, one might have thought the Lions had learned all their lessons for the year. That thinking was obviously wrong. Yesterday’s game wasn’t just a matter of not playing their game like the previous two losses. It was about getting out-played, out-coached and out-worked on the football field.
So, where does yesterday’s blow out loss leave the Lions? Are they too inexperienced to compete? Are they not as good as we thought? Was it just one bad game? I think fair points can be made on both sides of each question.
A win would have propelled the Lions towards a playoff berth but they now find themselves in a precarious position. Sure, they are right in the thick of things but they are forced to respond to their worst outing of the year. The Lions can either draw a line in the sand and use Sunday’s game as a catalyst for a playoff push or they risk a second half collapse.
I don’t mean to be overly dramatic about one loss but provided an example of just how bad this team is capable of playing. Fortunately, we’ve also seen how good this team is capable of playing. We all want to say the good Lions are the real Lions but the team now has to prove it.