I'm just speechless. The gameplanning for this game was horrible, I am absolutely appalled at the lack of effectiveness that the the Lions offense and defense portrayed. They got flat out outcoached and outplayed to say the least. The offense couldn't run the ball, at all. They tried but I can't give them credit for trying when it doesn't work. They should've thrown the ball to whoever was open because that's all they can do with that weak offensive line. Best literally had nowhere to run and when he was thrown to, he couldn't catch the ball either. I had high hopes for that kid but he hasn't shown me anything since that Philly game.
I can honestly say that even with the supposed talent upgrade for the Lions that this team is still at least one draft and a good offseason (and a healthy Stafford for a whole season) away from being a playoff bound team. Without Stafford, we aren't even a .500 team. This has got to be one of the most embarrassing moments ever to watch the Lions lose two years in a row to a winless team for a NFL record 25th time on the road, only beating their own futile record.
The defense hung in there but gave up way too many yards on the ground and didn't get into the backfield enough. Fitzpatrick had all day to throw when he wanted to throw it and Fred Jackson ate the Lions up on the ground. The Lions turned in one of the worst performances on defense by letting the Bills offense beat them with conservative playcalling and running the ball. I expected more out of this unit.
I don't know who to be more angry at, the coordinators for calling a poor game, the coach for letting this team commit penalty after penalty and have horrible execution, or the players for turning in a undesirable effort and performance. I can't give the Bills a lot of credit because I felt like the Lions didn't care to win until the 4th quarter. This wasn't a game that should've even been this close, for all of the talent that the Lions supposedly have, I couldn't tell which team was the winless one. I know for a fact now, that this Lions team cannot win a lot of games without a 100% healthy Matthew Stafford and need one more draft/offseason to be in contention for the playoffs.
Losing 25 straight games on the road is the new NFL record for ineptness only surpassing their original mark for losing on the road. Losing to a winless team 2 years in a row is something that only the Lions could probably do, much like going 0-16. Losing is something that only the Detroit Lions can do so well, I don't know of any team that has done it more or in more creative ways every game, every season, and every decade. It's painfully tough to go through this every single year since I was 6 and now at the age of 25, I wonder if the Lions will ever be good.
If it's not lack of talent, it's lack of health or lack of efficient calls by the refs or lack of execution or lack of something else that prevents this team from ever being relevant. Here goes another year of losing football courtesy of the Detroit Lions and it's owner William Clay Ford. My Grandfather, who is 72, doesn't watch the Lions anymore because he says he would "have a heart attack and die". I'm starting to get to that point where I wonder if I can even stomach this anymore. 19 straight years that I've been watching of pretty much losing football, if playoffs were ever in the equation in the past,it was 1st round exit after 1st round exit and that's with Barry Sanders.
We don't have a player on this team even close to the caliber of Barry Sanders and I really wonder if we will ever be good. I'm starting to think that that may never ever happen. I hope I'm wrong, but the proof is in the pudding. The numbers don't lie and they say that this is the all-time losingest team in NFL history. Hopefully, I'm wrong and they do win someday and hopefully before I die they will win at a Superbowl. I can only hope.