A day after their baseball brethren suffered a heartbreaking defeat in the World Series, the Detroit Lions awake wondering where their winning ways have gone as well.
Following a playoff-worthy 10-6 campaign in 2011, the Lions aren’t even on pace to earn six wins this year. This saddens me because I picked them as the first wild card team in the NFC.
At 2-4, Detroit is the only team in the division with a losing record. The aforementioned opponents each have five wins, while the Packers are steadily rising behind Aaron Rodgers’ berserk quarterback play as of late.
Matthew Stafford—the Lions’ own occasionally prolific QB—needs to revert to 2011 Stafford and carry this team on his back as it trudges forward. He’ll need to do so without his top underneath possession receiver Nate Burleson, who’s out for the year with a broken leg.
The defense, for its part, suffers from just as many deficiencies as the offensive side of the ball. Both units must vastly improve in unison for the Lions to have a fighting chance.
Only kicker Jason Hanson is free from reproach with his 94.1 percent field goal accuracy.
Let’s now dig into the Lions’ issues that have plagued this team into a miserable standing. Tough love is in order.