So my good friend was jabbering away about how much the Lions needed that win against the Patriots and how it will springboard them on to more success. I agreed with him that they needed the win but pointed out that just because they played so well doesn’t mean they are suddenly the NFL’s new powerhouse.
If there is one thing we all need to remember; Rome wasn’t built in a long weekend. Nor a short one. While their impressive performance has certainly raised expectations in the eyes of Lions’ fans, there’s no guarantee they can perform at that level every week for the rest of the season.
However, if this newfound Lion power were to re-appear this weekend in Dallas and next week against the unimpressive Packers, then we may have to spend the bye week re-evaluating everything about this team.
Matt Patricia is preaching one day at a time. One week at a time. Try to be better today then they were yesterday. The reason is to be sure they don’t overlook where they currently are.
Right now they are in the basement of the NFC North. The only team with a winning record is the Chicago Bears who were expected to finish in the cellar themselves, but have ridden a very good defense that improved that much more with the acquisition of Khalil Mack to first place for the time being.
Meanwhile both Minnesota and Green Bay are only a half-game ahead of the Lions. Despite that 0-2 start, which means that suddenly Detroit is right in the thick of the divisional race.
It also means that this team is capable of playing at a level that would make them a very tough opponent every week and an overall contender if they can play that way consistently.
The key words are ‘if’ and ‘consistency’.
With the Lions ‘consistency’ has meant the ability to play like they have no concept of what they are doing and discover ground-breaking new ways to lose games.
At least it has for the last 60 years.