The Detroit Lions have won two straight games and it looks like Matt Patricia won’t be going anywhere. Can looks be deceiving?
The Detroit Lions have won two straight games and have evened their record at 3-3. It’s time to strike up the band and start the celebration, right?
It’s never good to play the schedule game because it can be deceiving, but it looks awfully favorable for the Lions. However, it’s hard not to look at the two teams they just beat and find major flaws with them.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are hardly good enough to beat a college team and the Atlanta Falcons have been good at following the Lions’ blueprint of low-level comedy on the field this year which has led to heartbreak for their fans. Last Sunday’s win was just more Matthew Stafford last-minute magic that we’ve seen before following the inability of Atlanta to simply run out the clock.
But as we look ahead to Indianapolis, Minnesota, Washington, Carolina, and Houston, it’s easy to see the Lions collecting a few wins if they continue to play better defense. The offense still needs to be more consistent, but the defense will ultimately tell the tale of the tape for this season.
If you think general manager Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia don’t know that, then you weren’t paying attention when Quinn acquired defensive end, Everson Griffin, from the Dallas Cowboys for a conditional sixth round draft pick this week.
It was actually a good pick-up, but one that causes you to scratch your head. If the Lions value Griffin enough to trade for him to help bolster the pass-rush, then why didn’t they pursue him in free agency this past offseason?
One way or another the Lions have just gotten a little better on defense and one has to wonder if any more help is on the way? With Quinn and Patricia’s jobs on the line, they are definitely ‘all in’ this season, and quite frankly it’s getting hard to imagine that they won’t be back next year.