If first impressions are everything, I’m thinking Matt Patricia may want a mulligan. The first-time head coach led his team out on the field against the Oakland Raiders for Friday’s preseason opener and it got ugly early. Though the Detroit Lions were only down 3-0 after one quarter, they were getting outgained 118-19.
From there, the game evened out quite a bit. The Lions’ running game was the highlight of the game, with Ameer Abdullah and Kerryon Johnson leading the torch of optimism. The defense stiffened up for a good portion of the game, and the Lions even had a chance to win the game late.
So taking everything into consideration, today’s Question of the Day is:
Do you feel better, worse or the same about the 2018 Lions after their opening loss to the Raiders?
My answer: The same. I wasn’t really surprised by anything I saw on Friday night. We knew the defensive line was an issue, and it certainly was against the Raiders. The Lions generated no pass rush (zero sacks), and had serious problems stopping the run, too (4.7 yards per carry). We knew the Lions’ backup quarterbacks were really bad, and man did they prove that against the Raiders.
But we also knew the Lions’ backfield was pretty talented, and they tore up that crappy field. We also had a sneaking suspicion that Frank Ragnow is good and he validated those beliefs in his short time in the game.
Am I concerned that the Lions came out flat on Friday? Sure. Am I worried that a lot of the same issues from last season reared their ugly heads again? Absolutely. But those concerns have been lingering all offseason, and there is still plenty of time to rectify those issues.
Do you feel better, worse or the same about the 2018 Lions after Friday’s loss?
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A lot better
A little better
A little worse
A lot worse