The Detroit Lions are coming off the bye week, and as expected during the week off Dan Campbell and the coaching staff was locked in on self-scouting. On Monday, Campbell highlighted some areas of improvement.
"I think the obvious are the turnover-takeaway ratio, we need to be better both sides. Red zone, both sides. And there's a number of reasons behind that I'm not going to get into. Then, third quarter production or lack thereof. I think those are the three things we kind of came away with. There's other areas, but those were the big ones collectively as a team."
Shifting to special teams, Campbell highlighted getting a few more big plays from Kalif Raymond as a goal considering how close they've been.
"I know that for our special teams, we've got to get Kalif (Raymond) going. We're so close. We've been close. But man, we're one block away. We're close, but we've got to start breaking some of these with him in the return game."
With some honing to do, and better health, the Lions could be noticeably better moving forward.
Dan Campbell says Lions still haven't played their best football
Even though the Lions are 6-2 and look like one of the top teams in the NFC, Campbell knows they could be playing even better.
"I know this, we need to be playing our best football collectively. We need to play our best football game. We still have left so much out there and as good as we've played to get six wins, we've been able to complement each other but I would say we have not played our best football collectively. Offense, defense and special teams. We've got to play a clean game. We need to come out with no turnovers, get our takeaways back, we talked about red zone. We need a fast start in the third quarter. I think our focus to the details of what we're doing have got to take another step up."
Making these small corrections could help the Lions take the next step and finish the season strong.