Most of us thought that this year was different. That this team was different. Well, to put it nicely, we were wrong. The Detroit Lions we saw on Sunday are still the “same old Lions.”
Detroit has now dropped two games in a row to teams with sub .500 records. Last week at Pittsburgh, in poor weather conditions, there were at least excuses for the Lions loss. This week however, they lose to an opponent the Lions should have beaten.
Matthew Stafford was picked off four times Sunday. Two bounced off of his own receivers hands, another was intercepted thanks to Brandon Pettigrew ducking instead of trying to catch the ball and the other was just a poor throw. Not to say Matthew Stafford doesn’t deserve blame because he wasn’t very sharp today either. The Lions final pass that resulted in a pick thanks to Calvin Johnson basically giving the ball away to the defense sums up the way the Lions are playing. They are good enough to position themselves to win, but not disciplined enough to get it done.
Adding to the self destruction was Kris Durham who had the most bizarre fumble I’ve ever seen as he practically threw the ball back in play after making a nice catch towards the sideline. Everyone in the stadium and watching the game at home is still trying to figure out what the heck he was doing. In fact, everyone who watched the Lions throw the game away is still trying to figure out how they found ways to lose the game.
Disturbing comment of the day
Reggie Bush: “Our mindset wasn’t where it needed to be.”
There likely won’t be another opportunity like the one the Lions have this season with two starting quarterbacks out in the NFC North, which is why it is so puzzling to see a team with everything gain unable to motivate themselves to play to the best of their ability.
The Lions remain in first place of the NFC North with the Bears losing and the Packers finishing in a tie, but the race is far from over. The winner of the division will likely be whichever team gets their quarterback healthy first between the Packers and the Bears. I hate to say it, but it looks like this team hasn’t learned anything over the last two seasons. The Lions are still a mega-talented team that beats themselves before their opponent gets the chance.