The Detroit Lions lost another game as they surrendered a two-score lead to the Miami Dolphins. The Lions are now 1-6 and are going nowhere fast in 2022. Here are three takeaways from another frustrating loss.
The Defensive Backfield Needs An Overhaul
The Detroit Lions’ secondary endured another abject day. Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa threw for 382 yards, averaging 10.6 yards per attempt, and threw three touchdowns. Every time the Dolphins needed a chunk play, Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle were wide open. Hill amassed 188 yards on 12 receptions. Cornerbacks Amani Oruwariye and AJ Parker experienced miserable games. The Lions’ secondary is devoid of athletic prowess and reliable talent. General manager Brad Holmes must remodel the defensive backfield in the offseason.
The Lions ended the first half with the lead. They started the second half disastrously. Not only did the Dolphins score a touchdown with the opening possession, Detroit then hurt themselves on their first offensive possession after halftime. Three consecutive offensive line penalties left the Lions backed up in their half. They subsequently punted the ball away before Oruwariye committed two consecutive bone-headed offside penalties in the red zone. Those penalties gave Miami extra downs, and they duly scored the go-ahead touchdown. The Dolphins never relinquished the lead from that point. Five penalties on two drives left the Lions with no momentum.
Is it April Yet?
By record, the Lions are the worst team in the league. As it stands, they will pick first in the 2023 NFL Draft. This season is lost, and Lions fans may as well turn to the draft. Detroit is not a bad team, but they’re deficient in too many areas. Add that to wild in-game mood swings, and they are just a team set to find ways to lose.