There’s no denying that Sunday’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings was devastating for the Detroit Lions. The team has now lost three straight games, have four fewer wins than the division-leading Green Bay Packers, and find themselves scrambling for answers on the defensive side of the ball, despite a roster that should be better than last year’s squad.
In typical fashion, Lions fans are jumping ship by the masses. Despite an impressively-high confidence level after the Packers game, all it took was one Kirk Cousins beatdown to convince fans this team is no longer capable of competing.
And there’s some truth to that. The Lions are now in an unenviable position both in their own division and in a conference that looks daunting. But, believe it or not, there are some positives to take from this game, and some hope for the immediate future. The Lions’ season isn’t over, but it needs a turnaround, and it needs it right now.
The PODcast crew convened on Sunday night to discuss what went wrong and where the Detroit Lions go from here.
This week on the PODcast:
- Jeremy takes the optimistic route, and discusses why the offensive performance may be the most surprising take from the game.
- Ryan is not quite as happy, pointing to the defensive meltdown as a sign of doom. In fact, have the Lions really stopped anyone on defense?
- What the hell is wrong with the run defense and why hasn’t Matt Patricia taken any steps to improve it after six straight games of horrible run defense?
- Looking forward, the Lions could go streaking. But be aware of a soft-looking schedule, because the matchups may not be as favorable as you think.
- Mailbag wonders if the Lions will be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline, talks about defensive adjustments against the Vikings passing game, and Trey Flowers disappointment.