It would’ve been hard for the Detroit Lions to look any worse than they did in the season opener against the New York Jets, so Sunday’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers was undoubtedly a step in the right direction—It had to be.
But the Lions are now 0-2, and while the tie between the Packers and Vikings ensured that Detroit wouldn’t fall a full two games behind for the lead in the NFC North, winless is never a good place to be.
So while the Lions were actually competitive this week, it’s hard to know how to feel about this team right now. Today’s Question of the Day is:
Do you feel better, worse or the same about the Detroit Lions after their loss to the San Francisco 49ers?
My answer: The same.
There were some improvements with the team in Week 2, there’s absolutely no doubt about it. Detroit was able to establish a somewhat consistent pass rush—pulling down six sacks in the game, which is more than they had in any single game last season. They also were able to run the ball fairly effectively, averaging 5.4 yards per carry on 18 carries.
But we also seemed to confirm some very bad things about this team. The Lions secondary, Quandre Diggs excluded, was extremely bad for the second straight game. The Nevin Lawson/Teez Tabor duo is just as poor as expected. Glover Quin continues to look like he lost 10 steps, and the Lions lost Darius Slay to injury.
There’s also the continued slow starts from the offense, and Detroit’s god-awful run defense that has now made Matt Breida and Isaiah Crowell look like future Hall of Famers.
So while there were steps in the right direction on Sunday, there were just as many steps that seemed to confirm some fatal flaws in this team. Overall, that’s a push in my book. This still looks like a 6-8 win team.
How do you feel after the Lions’ 30-27 loss to the 49ers?
This poll is closed
A lot better
A little better
A little worse
A lot worse