That was fun. This Lions team is odd. Somehow they beat this Bears team on a missed field goal just four weeks ago. On Saturday they handled the Bears in every facet of the game and won 20-10 to kept their playoff hopes alive for another week.
As always, I have thoughts on this game. These are those thoughts.
The football gods foresaw this happening early on in the day.
The melodic tones of Toto's "Africa" welcoming fans entering Ford Field. pic.twitter.com/0OzMkBKRYK— Justin Rogers (@Justin_Rogers) December 16, 2017
Yeah this one is on us ladies and gentlemen. The power of Pride Of Detroit could be felt reverberating throughout Ford Field all game long because Detroit Lions found out how to harness it. You’re all welcome. Let us all bless the rains.
Matthew Stafford is still really good
No this isn’t last weeks article. It’s just an evergreen thing to say at this point. Matthew Stafford is really good at his job. Stafford went 25-for-33 for 237 yards and two touchdowns. He also completed 75.8 percent of his passes and had a passer rating of 115.3. Stafford was so good that he even shouted out “Kardashian!”in what felt like was calling out Chicago native Kanye West. At this point, I would pay a lot of money to see that rap battle.
The defense deserves many pats on the back
This Bears team dropped 200 yards on the Lions four weeks ago. They scored 24 points and might have had a chance to win that game if their now unemployed kicker hadn’t missed a game tying field goal.
On Saturday the Lions held the Bears to just 43 rushing yards and forced three turnovers. Add that to the five turnovers the Lions forced last week, and simple math will show you that the Lions have forced eight turnovers in two games.
This is the kind of play the Lions defense needs to keep bringing into games. Especially with that Week 17 game that’s looming so large right now.
Darius Slay is amazing and Jeremy Reisman is a sorcerer
Early on in the game, things looked bad for Slay. On the Lions first defensive drive, Slay left the field and went into concussion protocol. It looked like Slay was going to sit this game out. Then he didn’t.
Slay came up with a huge pick on the Bears’ first drive of the second half. setting up the the Lions kill-shot touchdown. Then this happened.
Darius Slay getting another pick today. Calling it right now.— Jeremy Reisman (@DetroitOnLion) December 16, 2017
We all thought this was cute right? That’s nice. We all want Slay to grab another pick, but there's no way it’s going to happen. Getting one interception in a game is hard enough. Two is even harder. Then Slay picked off Mitchell Trubisky again to close out the day.
If Jeremy didn’t ruin everything with his jersey purchases, he’d make some girl a decent husband. He’s single by the way, ladies.
Eric Ebron is a good tight end and I know half of you hate it
Before the bye week, Lions fans were letting Eric Ebron hear it every single game. Every time he didn’t catch a ball, they booed. When he caught the ball, they sarcastically cheered. I can’t blame you. I was acting that way too. Ebron had just 13 catches for 102 yards and a touchdown in the first six games of the season.
Something must have worked. Ebron must have heard these boos and must of heard that Lions fans desperately wanted general manager Bob Quinn to trade Ebron at the trade deadline. Since than, Ebron has been a completely different player. He’s grabbed 34 receptions for 380 yards and two touchdowns.
He’s not going to be a perennial Pro Bowler. You have to let that stuff go. But what Ebron has been this season, or at least in the last eight games, is reliable. And that’s why you can bank on Eric Ebron being a part of this team in 2018.
Something about Quandre Diggs and wood.
You’re all perverts. Look at what you did on Saturday.
Quandre Diggs has a whole lot to learn at safety, but damn I love the fit. He lays the wood.— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) December 16, 2017
man Diggs can lay the wood— Erik Schlitt (@erikschlitt) December 16, 2017
Diggs bringing the lumber on third down once again. He's got a knack for it.— Justin Rogers (@Justin_Rogers) December 16, 2017
Even I got in on the action.
Who ordered the wood?— Mike Payton (@POD_Payton) December 16, 2017
Quandre Diggs will like become a flooring installer or hardware store associate after he retires. After an interception and more big hits than you can shake a stick at, it’s safe to say that Quandre is better at playing football more than anything.
The Lions officially own the Bears
Coming into the game, the Lions were just a few payments away from fully claiming ownership. A win on Saturday would have put them a lot closer to their goal. But they instead decided to dominate the Bears and pay this thing off this year. After a 20-10 win, they’re completely Paid in Full.