Last year, it became a Monday tradition for Pride of Detroit to reevaluate our thoughts on the Detroit Lions after their weekly game. I don’t think I plan on doing it every Monday again this year, but this Monday is a little different.
We all had our theories and predictions about the 2017 Detroit Lions, but for a large majority of us, we had no visual evidence for our beliefs. Sunday was our first opportunity to collect serious information on this team to help us gauge where they could end up at the end of the season.
So with that in mind, today’s Question of the Day is:
Do you feel better, worse or the same about the Lions after their 24-10 victory over the Indianapolis Colts?
My answer: A little better. I have been a little down on this team this offseason, predicting them to go out and finish right around 8-8. But if there’s one thing that this game showed me, it’s that the Lions are very clearly above the talent level of a team like the Colts.
Mind you, Andrew Luck wasn’t playing, but Matthew Stafford was in the game for just four plays, and one of them was an interception. For the rest of the game, the Lions essentially wiped the floor with the Colts, and we didn’t see Detroit do that to any teams last year, outside of one week against the Saints.
That being said, there are a lot of reasons to temper expectations. The Lions defense looked good, but only, in part, because the Colts’ quarterbacks were so bad. The Lions offensive line held up, but Indianapolis doesn’t have much of a pass rush threat. Kenny Golladay manhandled the Colts secondary, but he was mostly going up against rookie cornerback Quincy Wilson.
Still, it was pretty clear to me that the Lions’ roster was much deeper and much better than the Colts’ and that’s a great place to start. Unfortunately, we won’t learn a whole lot more about the team this week, as they face one of the worst perceived teams in the league on Saturday: the New York Jets.
How do you feel about the Lions after their 24-10 victory over the Colts?
This poll is closed
A little better
A little worse