When is it my turn to be happy? The city of Detroit is crying through their blue ski masks, wondering when it will be our time. I shouldn’t be surprised though, it’s a familiar feeling seeing that I’ve experienced it through my whole life.
On Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks, it was the first time that Ford Field would be sold out of season tickets and it showed with how loud it was as the decibels were touching the 125 mark at times. Which is equivalent to a jet engine, by the way. The Lions however, decided it would be a great time to not live up to the hype and lose the game in overtime, 37-31.
The offense was showing out Sunday. Jared Goff slung the ball around for 323 yards, going 28-35 with 3TDs, but a single interception would break his 383-snap streak without a pick. Kalif Raymond, David Montgomery, and Josh Reynolds came to play with each of them reaching the endzone, with Reynolds doubling up in the contest. But like I said last week, some of the game management decisions made by head coach Dan Cambell were questionable.
My main focus is consistency. From the jump, the Lions were going for it on 4th downs throwing in some trick plays and they were keeping the Seahawks guessing each snap. But please, tell me why when you have two timeouts with 25 seconds left, you’re down by three, and you’re on the Seahawks 27-yard line, you opt for a three yard slant over the middle and settle for the field goal. You have two plays to get a touchdown and end the game, but instead you kick the field goal and send it to overtime where the defense has to stop Geno Smith who they haven’t been able to do all game. Ridiculous.
While I’m on the topic of defense, our secondary was atrocious. Seahawks receiver Tyler Lockett could play till he’s fifty if he was to go up against the Lions’ defense each week. Kerby Joseph and Brian Branch played him so softly that I was surprised when he didn’t have more than 4 yards of separation. Lockett was on the receiving end of 8 passes for 59 yards and two touchdowns, DK Metcalf’s situation was no different, he ended the night with 75 yards on 6 receptions.
Our run defense wasn’t that much better either, as Kenneth Walker trounced around and broke tackles at will. Which was easy to do because each time they went to tackle him they were going for his upper body and not his leg. Walker had two touchdowns with 43 yards.
Now I know it sounds like I’m venting again, which I am, and it may seem like I have jumped ship already this season, but that’s not the case. This upcoming week the Atlanta Falcons are coming into town, and I am really looking forward to this matchup. Especially with the Falcons new addition in Bijan Robinson at running back, and how we’ll deal with Drake London and Mack Hollins for their receivers.
The Falcons won a tough game last week against the Packers, a Lions’ division rival, 25-24. So a convincing win this weekend could mean some good fortune for the latter part of the season.
The coaching staff for the Lions do have some maneuvering to do. With David Montgomery looking to miss a few weeks after a thigh injury, it’s Jahmyr Gibbs at RB1. Amon-Ra St. Brown is questionable with a foot injury, so that’s not great. Not to mention Halapoulivaati Vaitai is questionable as well as Taylor Decker, meaning the offensive line might be getting stretched a little thin.
I am just asking one thing though, I can’t go through another season like last year’s where we start off terrible and barely miss the playoffs, so please don’t let the happen Dan Campbell. I can guarantee one thing though, The atmosphere at Ford Field is going to be the exact same. There aren’t fair weather fans in the motor city, get the kool-aid ready.
Lions host the Atlanta Falcons Sunday at 1:00pm.
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