The Detroit Lions suffered their 20 straight defeat playing in the state of Wisconsin when they lost to the Green Bay Packers 28-26. While the Lions are still 0-4, they did out gain the Packers 431 to 261. The Lions could have taken the lead with over 6 minutes left in the game, but Lions’ head coach Jim Schwartz elected to punt instead of attempting a 55 yard field goal. He was hoping his defense could stop the Packers and get the ball back. That wasn’t the case as the Packers ran out the clock.
Afterwards, the Lions felt good about keeping up with the Packers. Now who could blame them? The Lions easily have been humiliated at the Packers’ expense for the last 19 years. Normally, when the Lions had a double digit deficit at Green Bay, they fold up. But not this Sunday, the Lions rallied back and had a chance to pull out a victory.
There’s no moral victories in sports, but the Lions feel that this year’s team can at least play up to their competition. The Lions have lost 23 straight road games – embarrassing no matter how it is spinned. And with most of those loses, the Lions were out of it by the 2nd quarter. On Sunday, Charles Woodson intercepted a Shaun Hill pass and returned it for a touchdown early in the 3rd quarter to take a two touchdown lead. Usually, the Lions would fold up and played out the rest of the game. Things were different this time on the sideline. The offense continued to move the ball and the defense came up with two key interceptions. On top of that, Lions first round pick Ndamukong Suh had a key quarterback sack. On a side note, more and more Suh is looking to be an excellent pick to help out a porous defense.
Now Green Bay QB Aaron Rogers complained after the game that he is not onboard with the Packers’ approach. Instead of crediting the Lions’ defense, he insuated that him and the Packers’ playcalling are not on the same page. Again, the Lions get no credit. They will gain people’s respect once they win some games including the ones on the road. The NFL was not too kind to to the Lions by scheduling them to play all their road division games by Week 4.
This is why Sunday’s game with St. Louis is so important. Yes, the Rams have won two games in a row led by rookie QB Sam Bradford. But they have yet to win on the road. The Lions have yet to win a game this season. The Lions must finally show themselves, fans, and the NFL they are ready to turn the corner by winning on Sunday. An interesting side note to this week’s game, Lions QB Matthew Stafford said on his weekly radio show today that he will throw this week and indicated there was a slight chance he could play. It shall be an interesting week for once.
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Written by Bob Ballard