Despite looking like the better team for most of the game, the Detroit Lions were dealt their first loss of the season at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs. It was a game where many didn’t even give the Lions much of a shot heading into it. They put up a heck of a fight and were a few plays away from pulling off the upset at home.
Many national outlets have actually moved the Lions up in their power rankings because of their performance and some fans feel even more encouraged about the team. But me? I have no idea how I’m supposed to feel. If a win is a win, then a loss is a loss. The Lions might have looked better than they have in a while, but they still lost, and it still sucks.
But don’t get me wrong, I do feel great about this team and where they’re headed. Perhaps that’s exactly why I’m not feeling all nice and bubbly about this game. I expected the Lions to put up a fight. I wasn’t surprised to see them in a position to win the game. They had plenty of opportunities to extend their lead or close out the game, but all they did was continuously shoot themselves in the foot instead.
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However, the Lions also showed a ton of resiliency by pulling themselves back into the game instead of suffering a complete and utter meltdown. That’s what we’ve grown to expect from them over the years, but this year feels different.
The offense has shown us that it can bounce back after the defense gives up a lead. When the offense fails, the defense is there to come up with a huge turnover or deliver a huge stop. Heck, even the special teams unit has miraculously turned it around after a miserable first couple of weeks.
It feels like there is truly something special that could be brewing here in Detroit. As long as they begin to clean up the mistakes and do a better job of capitalizing on the opportunities that present themselves, these Detroit Lions have a real shot at a division title and more.