That was pathetic.
Lions may not have been able to beat the Patriots in Foxboro…but they could have at least made them a little nervous.
But no, the Lions vaunted defense tucked their tails between their legs, looked to U of M alumni Tom Brady and said “Thank you sir! May I please have another?” And Brady was more than willing to keep hammering the Lions defense all day long.
And what of the offense? Lions Offensive Coordinator Joe Lombardi reduced the number of plays by 20%…and by the looks of they way the Lions offense played, they reduced their effort by about 20% as well.
Despite this demoralizing loss and the fact they gave first place to the Green Bay Packers (who just beat the Vikings 24-21), the Lions are still in a good position to get into the playoffs. And they have an outside chance to take the division if they can get a little luck.
The Lions have five games remaining, the next three at home:
Thanksgiving: Bears – Yeah, I know. The Bears have played decently the last two weeks and have an outside shot at slipping into the playoffs. But they just don’t have the defense needed to get there. Lions will (and really need to) explode and I see a 45-19 win. (I predict this because I am no fan of the Bears…and even less a fan of Bears fans).
12/7 – Buccaneers – I have never liked Tampa Bay. Most of it stems from when they were part of the old NFC Central. Whenever the Lions needed a win to stay alive for a playoff run, it always seemed the Bucs were in the way. Lions should easily win this game, 24-7.
12/14- Vikings – A young team and the Lions handled them relatively easy with a 17-3 win back in October. But that was when Matt Cassel was the QB. Teddy Bridgewater, though it not showing in the win/loss column, can move the team and get them into the end zone. But the overall inexperience of the team and lack of a running game, Lions will prevail 28-14.
12/21 – @ Bears – Ah yes…Soldier Field, perhaps one of the best places to play a football games. Too bad it’s always filled with the worst fans in the league. Lions have showed some moxie with three come from behind wins and I think with riding a 3 game win streak, Lions will pull another win out with their 4th come from behind win…and Calvin Johnson will win it with a last second TD…and he will complete the process to preserve a 28-27 thriller.
12/28 – @Packers – The last time the Detroit Lions won at Lambeau Field was December 15th, 1991. Matthew Stafford was three years old. While every fiber in my being would love to see the Lions end this streak on this day, funny things always seem to happen the Lions when in the Land of Cheese. But the loss here puts the Lions at 11-5 and hosting a wild-card game at Ford Field.
Granted, this a best case scenario. And with Green Bay’s schedule, they could be 1 game back with the Lions when they meet. Packers have the Patriots and Falcons at home (I see a split here), on the road against the Bills and Buccaneers (maybe another split with a loss to the Bills).
That would have Green Bay with a 10-4 record playing an 11-5 Detroit Lions. Again, best case scenario but it would have the Lions in the driver’s seat.
Hey, I can dream, can’t I?