In the first half, the Lions offense managed to tag 13 points to the scoreboard, taking a lead into the halftime recess, but Detroit’s offense would turn cold on an unseasonably warm afternoon in Buffalo, posting zero points in the second half and losing the game 14-13.
Blunders on special teams certainly didn’t do the team any favors as the game progressed. Matt Prater missed his 48-yard field goal attempt after making his previous 14 in a row and Don Muhlbach’s bad snap on the point after Detroit’s first touchdown were certainly pivotal box score moments, but Detroit’s offense as a whole lacked any sense of urgency or aggressiveness in a must-win game.
With that all being said, Detroit will be without the playoffs for the second season in a row, and with Matthew Stafford popping up on the injury report in back to back weeks with an ailing back, the question of the day is this:
Should the Lions pull the plug on Matthew Stafford’s 2018 season?
Of course they should.
I’ve been pretty adamant about how Detroit should continue to play while an admittedly microscopic chance at the playoffs were still in reach, but for the same reason the Lions shut down Marvin Jones Jr.’s season after the Thanksgiving Day game, and for presumably the caution they’ve taken with rookie Kerryon Johnson, the Lions need to recognize the following two games as what they are: exhibitions.
A significant injury to a player this late into the season has serious ramifications on their ability to prepare and be ready for the next, and considering the Lions are one of the worst teams in the NFL at keeping their quarterback upright, it makes sense to tuck in 9 for the rest of the 2018 season.