After making their first postseason appearance in over a decade last year, the 2012 season began with a great deal of promise for the Detroit Lions.
That promise turned to disappointment fairly quickly, but after the team's latest effort against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 15, a new emotion has surfaced—disgust.
The Lions were blown out on the road by a team that had lost nine straight games and were beaten by the Seattle Seahawks 58-0 last week. Detroit was defeated 38-10 by a Cardinals team led by Ryan Lindley.
Not surprisingly, the Twittersphere, from the media to Lions' fans, did not take the team's performance very well.
The entire Detroit Lions coaching staff and front office should be fired.— Steve Deace (@SteveDeaceShow) December 17, 2012
Even less surprisingly, the play of quarterback Matthew Stafford, who completed less than half his passes and threw two touchdown passes to Arizona defenders, was called into, well, play.
#Lions QB Matthew Stafford with his third INT. This game is over. Totally embarrassing right now.
— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) December 16, 2012
In AZ, this will go down as #azcardinals playing well. In Detroit, it will be Matthew Stafford stinking.— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) December 17, 2012
There really isn't a whole lot that can be said about losing by 28 points to a team that hasn't won a game in over two months. When Beanie Wells plods his way 31 yards for his third touchdown of the game against your defense, that isn't good.
It's also not as if the Lions are oblivious to just how badly they looked in Week 15, at least if the team's official Twitter feed is any indication.
Schwartz: “Matt has to take better care off the football…but we have to do a better job around him.”— Detroit Lions (@DetroitLionsNFL) December 17, 2012
Stafford on if this is as low as it gets this season, “For me personally, yeah. That’s about as bad as I can play.”— Detroit Lions (@DetroitLionsNFL) December 17, 2012
However, with 10 catches for 121 yards Sunday, Calvin Johnson is rapidly closing in on Jerry Rice's single-season record for receiving yardage, even as the sixth-year veteran made a bit of history in Week 15.
At least there's that.