Are the 2013 Detroit Lions just the latest version of the “same old Lions” many of us have watched for years? That has been the talk following the Lions’ road loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
The players certainly don’t want to hear that but there isn’t anything they can say to change the minds of those who believe nothing has changed. It will take actions, fortunately the Lions have a big opportunity this week when they hit the road to face the Washington Redskins.
How many times have the Lions lost on the road to Washington? The correct answer is, “all of them“, or 21 to be exact.
But this matchup goes beyond getting a win in a place where the franchise has never won before. Lions have watched time and time again as a struggling team suddenly “gets right” when they play the Lions.
The same old Lions would not only lose in Washington this week, they would allow the Redskins to look impressive in the process. Remember, this is the franchise that got torched by Artose Pinner and allowed Chris Weinke to quarterback the Carolina Panthers to victory after coming in cold off the bench.
Sure, the current group of players doesn’t have anything to do with those particular previous failures. But shedding the “S.O.L” label is about breaking through organizational history. This group of players haven’t been able to do that yet.
So, what happens on Sunday? I suppose how you answer that question is determined by where you stand on the “same old Lions” issue. A lot of pain, suffering and bias go into that, so personal opinion isn’t likely to give us a good idea of what to expect. Vegas doesn’t care about the emotions involved; sports books care about money and they have installed the Redskins as 1.5 point favorites with an over/under set at 49 total points.
To put the “same old Lions” talk to rest, these Lions will have to prove history and Vegas wrong.