The Detroit Lions are making the wrong kind of history through their first four games of 2020
The Detroit Lions have started out the 2020 NFL regular season going 1-3 for the second time in the team’s three-year run under head coach Matt Patricia. Even more troubling is the fact the Lions are only the second team in NFL history to lose three of their first four games despite holding double-digit leads at some point.
In Week One, the Lions held a 23-6 lead going into the fourth quarter over their division rivals, the Chicago Bears. Detroit saw their double-digit lead crumble in the final frame, allowing the Bears to score 21 unanswered points and losing the match, 27-23.
In Week Two, Detroit faced another NFC North foe in the Green Bay Packers. And despite getting out to a 14-3 lead in the first quarter, the Lions would go scoreless the next two quarters while the Packers exploded for 31 points. Detroit would fall big to Green Bay, 42-21.
In Week Four, the Lions were hoping to ride the momentum of their first win of the season, a 26-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Week Three. Unfortunately, Detroit would lose an early double-digit lead again. Facing the New Orleans Saints, the Lions quickly jumped out to a 14-0 lead with more than 10 minutes still left in the first quarter.
The Saints would come back to score 35 unanswered points until late in the third quarter. Detroit would come within six points of tying the game but ran out of time to do so, losing to New Orleans, 35-29, this past Sunday.
While the Detroit Lions are making the wrong kind of history through four games of the season so far, fans of the Motor City can take away some solace. The fact the Lions have been able to gain double-digit leads means some part of the gameplan worked in each one of these lost games. Finding new ways to maintain those leads must be the focus during the team’s bye week.