The Detroit Lions beat the Dolphins 32-21 on Sunday, and find themselves in the thick of the NFC North race. Here’s why they are peaking at the right time.
For the Detroit Lions, the season could not have started in a more disappointing way. An embarrassing blowout loss to the New York Jets in front of a national audience followed by a failed comeback attempt against the San Francisco 49ers had fans looking ahead to the 2019 NFL Draft.
Since those two losses, the Lions appear to have turned the corner, winning three out of their last four games. During that span, the Lions defeated the New England Patriots, the Green Bay Packers, and the Miami Dolphins.
They have flipped the traditional script, long attributed to former coach Jim Caldwell, where they consistently came up short against better teams.
Early critics who suggested that head coach Matt Patricia lost the locker room and general manager Bob Quinn should be run out of town are now eerily quiet these days.
The Lions, now 3-3, seem to have worked out a number of kinks that held them back from success throughout the first quarter of the 2018 season. These signs, in addition to the team’s ability to rise to the level of their competition, bodes well for what appears to be a daunting schedule ahead.
Let’s look at what’s trending upward …