It’s been a long weekend away from the Thanksgiving loss to the Chicago Bears, and the Lions are struggling to keep their head above water at this point. The tent’s packed up, the circus is ready to leave town. Call this one a wrap.
But before the Los Angeles Rams come to town to annihilate the whole universe, we should appreciate just how quickly the Bears game spiralled out of control. Not long before Matthew Stafford threw two interceptions, the offense had a chance to nail the whole thing down, make the Bears eat their own words and possibly keep this respectable. Maybe it wouldn’t be a win, but possibilities sang on that horizon.
Lions-Bears Week 12 Song of the Game: “Throw it all away” by Staind
We can’t help it; the staff at Pride Of Detroit are millennials, so any references to old man rock and geriatrics like KISS are lost on us. Nobody likes that music anymore. The more you accept that, the less you’ll feel like this paragraph is an attack on you.
But believe me, there is some bad music out there to relate to. The whole of the late 90s and early aughts was a magazine for anxiety, dealing with a world that shifted suddenly beneath our feet; what Hunter S. Thompson called the end of “all hope for Peace In Our Time.”
Sounds grim? Well, yeah, I’m talking about Staind here, a band that couldn’t look at a single ray of sunshine without glooming their lyrics. You couldn’t escape them on your radio.
And that’s where you get yourself. When Stafford is poised in the pocket, looking, looking and then finds Eddie Jackson for... wait, did I just say Eddie Jackson? I did. That’s where this went, 41 yards the other way.
Was it all on Stafford? Naw. We’ve been through this before, no reason to re-litigate. Where you blame Stafford and where you blame other things, like Michael Roberts or defenders jumping routes, depends on how much you place the value upon the quarterback position. But the cause-effect starts at the moment Stafford decides where he wants to place the ball.
And that’s where the game goes. Thrown away, the lead vanishing rapidly under a cloud of dust, and the Chicago defense reenacting show tunes in your own endzone.
Maybe next time?
Each week, we’ll use a song to describe our feeling or the Lions’ performance from the previous game. At the end of the year, we’ll have a complete Spotify playlist telling the story of the Lions’ 2018 season. You can check out the 2017 playlist here, and our explanations for our choices here. This year’s selections are in the Spotify list below.