An early bye week generally isn’t a good thing but the Detroit Lions badly needed to hit the reset button after a 1-3 September. The record was bad but the special teams play was even worse and it was worth considering whether the season was even salvageable.
It wasn’t enough for some Lions-haters to watch the team struggle on the field. One rival GM made sent heavy criticism the Lions’ way under a clock of anonymity through Pro Football Weekly.
There was at least some good news with Louis Delmas expected to return from injury following the bye. The Lions’ return to the field was a good one despite missing on a number of opportunities early. The return of Delmas had a positive impact on the playmaking ability of the Lions defense and Jason Hanson hit a pair of field goals to tie the game then win the game over the Eagles.
The lackluster offense returned in a Monday Night Football loss to the Chicago Bears but a win over the Seattle Seahawks gave the Lions a crack at returning to .500 with just a matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars standing in their way.