The Detroit Lions are 2-3, which is probably worse than what many fans were predicting after five games. But considering the debacle in Chicago, the feeling in Detroit has to be much different after their upset win over the formerly undefeated Philadelphia Eagles.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
Do you feel better, worse or the same about the Lions after Sunday’s win over the Eagles?
My answer: A little better. I never "gave up" on the season like a lot of Lions fans seemed to after the loss to the Bears. I have been of the firm belief that this team can both beat any team in the NFL and lose to any team in the NFL.
That being said, I did pick the Eagles to win by 21 points in my On Paper preview, so there were definitely some things that surprised me. First, I was pleased to see the Lions offense succeed against a pretty darn good Eagles defense. Obviously the second half disappearing act was troublesome, but that doesn’t completely erase the way Matthew Stafford tore up the Eagles in the first half.
Secondly, the defense finally stepped up and showed they can make plays. There’s still a ton wrong with that side of the ball, but for the first time in seemingly a long time, the defense—see: Darius Slay—made a play when they absolutely had to. It’s nice to know the Lions defense can occasionally do that.