I’m a Lions fan and I always have been, but this year I’m starting to get upset with them. This is a talented team, but they are also a stupid team. They are making it hard to root for them. There’s a line between being physical and being dirty or stupid, and they’ve clearly crossed it.
Once again, penalties were their downfall. They won the game on an obvious no-call facemask, a call that should have put Minnesota on the 1. They thoroughly outplayed the Vikings, but mistakes and undisciplined play let the Vikings make a game out of it. They were not outplayed in their two previous losses, but the score sheets were one-sided due to more stupid penalties.
The big problems are the post and pre whistle penalties. Sometimes, you have to hold a guy to keep him from making a big play. Sometimes you have to grab a guy by the horse collar or interfere during a pass to save a touchdown. Even a defensive holding or an off sides penalty can be excused sometimes. However, late hits, punches, stomping on a guy, etc are all completely unnecessary and kill your team. To make matters worse, the Lions have a reputation and the refs are watching them even more closely. It’s no coincidence that a lot of questionable calls go against them.
Take away the stupid penalties and I bet they’re at 9 or 10 wins right now with the WC all but locked up. Instead, they are 8-5 and fighting for that last slot. I thought the Suh suspension would chill this team out, but it didn’t. Now, other guys are stepping in to do the stupid stuff. They’ve finally crossed the line into respectability as a team, only to start losing that respect due to their undisciplined and dirty play. This is the best season they’ve had in a decade, but I’m not proud to be a Lions fan right now.