Lions Secondary: Missing In Action

Joe UnderhillCorrespondent IIISeptember 14, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 13:  Mike Bell #21 of the New Orleans Saints is tackled by Louis Delmas #26 of the Detroit Lions at the Louisiana Superdome on September 13, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The Detroit Lions began the 2009 season in similar fashion to their 2008 debacle.

There are many areas of the Lions performance which have to improve in order for the Lions to win there first game.

In this writers opinion the Lions will not win a game in 2009 if their defense does not improve, especially the secondary.

The Lions secondary was exposed as a joke in the 45-17 loss to the Saints on Sunday.

Drew Brees picked the secondary apart throwing 6 TD's and 358 yds.

No one in the Lions backfield had a good game. Rookie Louis Delmas had the highlight returning a fumble 65 yds for TD.

Anthony Henry had an interception, but the secondary game up several big pass plays including TD's of 39 yds to Robert Meachem and 58 yards to Devery Henderson.

Brees was able to complete 26 of 34 passes.

Delmas showed plenty of potential, making several nice tackles, he also made several rookie mistakes which were costly.

Next week the Lions play Minnesota and dynamite running back Adrian Peterson.

Expect to see the Lions play the safeties in the box more to help  the run support. The corners will have to do a better job keeping with the Vikings WR's.

Favre hasn't had to throw a lot for the Vikings to be successful, and Favre has a history of success against the Lions.

Delmas and the Lions secondary must improve if the Lions are to win a game in 2009.