The Detroit Lions’ red zone struggles were back on display this past Sunday against the Cowboys. Though they did score once, thanks to a phenomenal run from rookie Kerryon Johnson, earlier in the game, the Lions were forced to settle for a field goal, pushing an early lead to four instead of eight.
Combine that with Detroit’s other three games, and you get literally the worst red zone offense in the entire NFL.
These offenses get it done when it counts most- in the RED ZONE.— NFL Matchup on ESPN (@NFLMatchup) October 1, 2018
Let's see if the #ChiefsKingdom can keep it going tonight on #MNF! #KCvsDEN#SeizeTheDEY #HereWeGo #RavensFlock #Seahawks #KeepPounding #OnePride #Jets #GoNiners #DallasCowboys pic.twitter.com/s5bGXLvFxK
This is particularly troubling when you consider how good the Lions’ offense has been outside of the red area. According to Football Outsiders, the Lions are ninth in average yards per drive, 14th in points per drive, and they only go three-and-out 14 percent of the time, which is good for third best.
Also interesting of note, the other three teams with poor red zone offenses are the three teams that have defeated Detroit thus far. It should come as no surprise that the Lions’ red zone defense (by touchdown percentage) is third-best in the league—allowing a touchdown just 35.7 percent of the time.
- Matt Millen is stepping down from his announcing role with Big Ten Network to focus on his health. As you may remember, Millen is dealing with a rare heart disease and fighting for his life. Obviously, this news doesn’t seem like a good sign, but we’re hoping for the best for the former Lions general manager:
Matt Millen is stepping away from the broadcast booth for the remainder of the 2018 season in order to focus on his health. pic.twitter.com/Ku1j1UD8i7— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 3, 2018
- The odds to win the NFC North are pretty evenly dispersed... except for the Lions. Per Bovada.LV, here’s what the odds look like after Week 4:
- Hey, the Lions aren’t terrible in the first half. Hooray?
Wildest stat I unearthed: NFC North teams' first-half point differential ⬇️— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) October 3, 2018
Bears — plus-12.0 (No. 1 in NFL)
Lions — minus-0.7
Packers — minus-2.2
Vikings — minus-9.6 (No. 32 in NFL) https://t.co/eTHu9qDKqy
- Recapping film review pieces from around the Lions beat: Justin Rogers has five observations, and Kyle Meinke describes how the Lions’ plan to force Dak Prescott to throw backfired.
- Don’t look at this. Close out your window right now. Save yourself:
Teams trying to run the ball on first down will have some trouble with these defenses!#HTTR #FlyEaglesFly #DaBears #DUUUVAL #GoSaints #Texans #OnePride #ChiefsKingdom #GiantsPride pic.twitter.com/zgjWAi21rU— NFL Matchup on ESPN (@NFLMatchup) October 2, 2018
- Everybody loves on-field audio. The Lions provided the “Sights and Sounds” for their Week 4 game against the Dallas Cowboys.
- Lions players in superhero costumes + helping out families dealing with pediatric cancer = awesome.