There aren’t many people expecting the Lions to win as the Los Angeles Rams come to town on Sunday. In fact, some aren’t even hoping to win, as the Lions are well out of the playoff picture and slowly moving up in draft position. It’s always possible that we see one of this season’s many surprise upsets against good teams, but with the Rams coming off a bye week, the Lions defense unable to create turnovers, and the offensive injury report looking like the Lions’ Pro Bowl ballot, I couldn’t bring myself to believe that was possible. It’s unlikely that the whole team puts it together on Sunday, but who’s to say one phase of the team can’t?
Bold prediction of the week: Lions offense looks coherent for the first time in weeks, puts up 32+ against Rams.
The Lions are missing a lot of their star power on offense: Marvin Jones Jr. is done for the year, Kerryon Johnson is making his way back from a sprained knee, T.J. Lang is simply never healthy, and Golden Tate... excuse me while I grab a tissue.
They’re not in as terrible shape as one would expect, however. LeGarrette Blount looked like his old self against the Bears last week, averaging well over four yards per carry and putting up two touchdowns. Bruce Ellington has gotten much more comfortable in this offense over the last two weeks and has come up with some big catches. Even TJ Jones is getting in on the fun, showing why the Lions extended him for one more season. And to top it off, good ole Kenny Golladay just continues to make catches humans shouldn’t be able to make.
The problem with it all is that this is a summary of about the last three weeks. If the Lions don’t want to look like children running around the turf Sunday, they have no choice but to put it all together. Why might that happen? Well, it starts with the man behind the curtain.
There have been lots of whispers over the last month regarding offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter’s job security: in the eyes of some, it’s only a matter of when, not if, he is let go. Hopefully, a 10-day break has allowed him to finally figure out what is and isn’t working for Matthew Stafford & Co., and he can piece it together against the Rams as he begins a last ditch effort to save his job.
Please don’t let us down, JBC. At least make the game entertaining for us.