The Lions won yesterday beating the Chicago Bears 20-14.
We should be happy in the result (OK, I admit the 45-7 prediction was a little out of whack) since a win is a win is a win, right?
But there are too many causes for concern:
- Leaving at least 17 points on the field. Matthew Stafford didn’t have his best game but played well enough to win. But 2 crucial interceptions in the red zone (one that should have been a touchdown) and a makeable 34 yard field goal that was blocked made the game a lot closer than it should have been.
- Giving up points of turnovers. The Lions defense played well enough to have shut-out the Bears. But a special teams gaffe gave Chicago a short field. Jeremy Ross was indecisive on a punt, not sure to catch it and attempt a return or just fair catch it. He did neither as he tried to allow the ball to go into the end-zone. However, the funny shaped ball has a tendency to take weird hops. It touched him and the Bears recovered on the Detroit 11-yard line.
- Just plain dumbness. What the heck was Dominic Raiola thinking when he stomped on the leg of Ego Ferguson? The last thing you want to do is fire up a team when they have nothing to play for but pride. Regardless if it was intentional or not, it was used by the Bears as fuel.
The Lions can ill-afford to play a game such as this against Green Bay next week. If I were Jim Caldwell, I would give the team about 2 minutes to celebrate and then lay into them because of the dumbness of how they played.
Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. And the Lions got lucky yesterday.
They had better start focusing on being good if they want to have any chance against the Packers next week.