The Detroit Lions are now 1-4, as they miserably lost to the New England Patriots. Detroit struggled mightily on offense and defense and now heads into the bye week with plenty of questions. Here are three takeaways from today’s game.
Dan Campbell’s In-Game Decisions Are Bad
To beat the Patriots, a team cannot beat themselves. Dan Campbell and his in-game decisions cost the Lions. The opening drive saw Detroit turn the ball over on downs in their own half. Campbell chose not to punt and play the field-territory game against a rookie quarterback. The Lions gift-wrapped three points for the Patriots with that decision. It got worse in the second quarter as Detroit went for it on fourth and nine. Instead of using their All-Pro punter, the Lions risked it all. Patriots defender Matthew Judon burst past Penei Sewell, chased Jared Goff down, and knocked the ball out. The Patriots scooped it up and scored. It left the Lions in a 14-0 hole and effectively sealed the game. Campbell’s charisma is infectious, but his coaching decisions buried his team. It was not good.
Offense Goes Ice Cold
The Lions were the highest-scoring offense in the NFL before this game. The Patriots shut them out. Detroit entered Patriots territory eight times and returned with no points. Furthermore, the Lions turned the ball over seven times. Five times on downs. 20 of New England’s points came after a turnover. It was an embarrassing performance.
This Team Needs The Bye Week
The Lions need a bye week like it’s nobody’s business. The coaches need to re-evaluate every element of the game plan and team. At the same time, the players need to get healthy. Detroit lost Saivion Smith, Ifeatu Melifonwu, Jeff Okudah, Will Harris, and DeShon Elliott to injury. The Lions are a banged-up team right now.
The Lions are a lost, broken, banged-up team. Hard decisions need to be made this week in Michigan. Another lost season in Motor City is here.