The Detroit Lions won their seventh game on Sunday, guaranteeing for the fifth straight season that they won’t finish with double-digit losses. That’s obviously a fairly low bar to set, but it’s also a sign of some consistency.
Their win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was anything but convincing. Thankfully the Lions finally got out to a better start, but they squandered that by blowing a 14-point fourth quarter lead.
There were things to like. For example, the Lions forced five turnovers on Sunday after forcing five in the previous six games combined. Additionally, for the second straight game, Matthew Stafford completed over 80 percent of his passes. That’s the first time he has ever done that in back-to-back games.
Of course, there was plenty of bad, too. The Lions can’t stop the run, they can’t establish the run and they continue to make opposing offenses look elite.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
Do you feel better, worse or the same after the Lions’ 24-21 win over the Buccaneers?
My answer: A little better.
My reasoning is simple. I don’t think I learned anything new from this team on Sunday, and it doesn’t really look like they’re making any progress in their biggest weaknesses.
But the Lions won.
They didn’t get any help from the Falcons or Panthers this week, while the Packers and Cowboys remained in the playoff race.
But the Lions won.
Detroit defeated a team they should have beaten and they allowed hope to float for another week. No matter how improbable, no matter how little I truly believe in the Lions’ postseason chances, I get to root for that unlikely result for another week. And that’s much better than the alternative. So, yeah, I feel a little better today.
How do you feel after the Lions’ win over the Bucs?
This poll is closed
A lot better
A little better
A little worse
A lot worse