That was confusing.
They say that there’s no such thing as a moral victory when you lose. Does that mean there’s no such thing as a moral defeat when you win?
Because for much of Sunday, the Detroit Lions were trailing the now 0-9 Cleveland Browns, and deservedly so. Once again, the Lions started the game impotent on offense. Matthew Stafford was on the run from the start of the game to the finish. Detroit’s running game had its moments, but the Lions were caught in the backfield far too many times.
Then there’s the defense. The Browns had a bottom three offense by nearly every metric, yet the Lions couldn’t seem to seem to even slow Cleveland when DeShone Kizer was behind center. The Browns put up a season-high 201 rushing yards on the way to a 24-point output, much higher than their season average of 15.9 points per game.
Yet despite all of that, the Lions walked away with the win. Detroit’s offense continues to roll. The Lions defense stiffened up in the fourth quarter—with a little help from Cody Kessler. And now the Lions find themselves legitimately in the NFC playoff hunt.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
Do you feel better, worse or the same after the Lions’ 38-24 victory over the Cleveland Browns?
My answer: The same. I certainly don’t feel any better after what can only be described as a disappointing performance against the Browns. That being said, I don’t really feel all that worse.
The offense, in my opinion, played better than I expected. It was nice to see the Lions run the ball with at least spurts of success. This was literally the best run defense according to Football Outsiders, so the fact that Detroit had five rushes of 10+ yards is impressive. And Matthew Stafford continues to look fantastic out of the bye week.
The defense was a tire fire, there’s really no other way to describe it. The was a largely troubling performance and certainly has me worried going forward. That being said, this feels like an abberation. Sure, it’s no surprise that Detroit struggled to generate a pass rush, but it’s not often that the Lions struggle to defend the run that much.
Through the first half of the season, the Lions defense pretty much carried this team. I don’t think Sunday’s game drastically changes the identity of this defense, but it is something to keep an eye on going forward.
How do you feel after the Lions’ 34-28 win over the Browns?
This poll is closed
A lot better
A little better
A little worse
A lot worse