The Detroit Lions loss to the Colts was ugly and has some fans worried, but it’s not the end of the world, yet…
The Detroit Lions were put back in their place by a better team. Yet it’s not the end of the world or the season. At least not yet.
Most Lions fans that I spoke to were expecting more from these Motor City cats. Sure the Jaguars and Falcons haven’t accomplished much this season so far, but they did represent a two-game winning streak that was building hope among some fans.
As for me, I felt like the Colts deserved to be favorites, but was interested to see if the Lions could play a respectable game and show they belonged in the same conversation as a team contending for the playoffs.
Instead, it was the ‘same old Lions’. It was a story we have seen far too many times over the course of the last 60 plus years. This is a franchise that finds a way to pop up and surprise the world by occasionally beating good teams, but once the light starts to shine on them with an opportunity to prove they belong, well, what happened last Sunday says it all.
The Colts’ defense is good. Maybe better than any of us believed. But it gives them a chance to win every week. The same cannot be said for the Lions defense which shined for a couple of games, then just couldn’t get off the field the entire first half against the Colts.
Meanwhile, when the Colts offense was unable to make a play, the Lions defense made it for them. Several big penalties aided Indianapolis drives and helped bury Detroit. On Sunday the defense didn’t hit with the same tenacity it did in Jacksonville and Atlanta. It also made far too many mistakes to have a chance to win.
And the offense was just as inept and impotent as the defense. From Matthew Stafford to the entire run game, it was subpar at best. In short, the better team won and it wasn’t even as close as the score.