Detroit Lions: Bad calls in Week 2, Another loss in Week 3
DO YOUR JOB
The simple fact is that this Detroit team is not very good. The defense is in complete shambles, although they showed signs of life (six sacks against the Niners). The offense has completely let the team down thus far. The comeback was nice on Sunday, but so many opportunities were blown to keep the score close.
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The Patriots were beaten by the Jacksonville Jaguars this past week, and at one point, quarterback Tom Brady was seen on the sidelines yelling, “do your job!” That really needs to be the mantra for this Detroit Lions team.
No one seems to be doing their job. This entire roster looks lost. The two biggest complaints both involve running the ball.
The defense cannot stop any opposing running backs, and thus far they have faced mediocre guys at best. The Detroit Lions are ranked dead last in rushing defense by surrendering 179.5 yards per game. The Oakland Raiders rank just above them at 154.0 yards per game. That’s 25 fewer yards than Detroit. This needs to get corrected.
The offense is ranked thirtieth in rushing with 68.5 yards per game. The only good thing here is that Detroit rushed for 39 yards against the New York Jets, and then went for 98 yards against the 49ers. But Detroit should have rushed for more yards against San Francisco.
There were plenty of opportunities to run the ball on Sunday. The running game was effective. Rookie running back Kerryon Johnson was averaging 5.4 yards per carry, but he only got eight carries. LeGarrette Blount also only had eight carries, and he was averaging 4.8 yards per carry.
Late in the game, obviously the rush attack was no longer viable, but these guys need more carries. Running the ball will mean keeping our defense on the sideline, and hopefully create more rhythm for our offense.
All in all, the Detroit Lions are looking at a terrible record this season. But there is an opportunity to work on improving the defense and the rush attack. Too many people have focused upon the statistic of 0-2 teams making the playoffs, and that the percentage is very low.
Newsflash: this team isn’t making the playoffs. These two games have fully demonstrated this is not a playoff team. Week 3 will certainly make that very clear. It is time to focus on getting better. This franchise needs an overhaul, and this season is the perfect opportunity to begin that process.