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Monday open thread: Will the Lions win another game this season?

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It’s a grim thought, but one that’s closer to happening than we would hope.

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This is what the Detroit Lions’ 2019 season has come to.

It has been a disappointing run thus far, with close loss after close loss, but a 19-16 loss to Washington is the icing on the cake of misery. Washington came into this game a total train wreck, and despite playing like a train wreck for a majority of the game, they emerged victorious, improving to a paltry 2-9.

The Lions fell to 3-7-1, and any sort of optimism for this team has evaporated like a drop of water in the Sahara. Detroit has dropped seven of their last eight games, despite leading in every single game this season. We can talk about Jarrad Davis’ improved play, or the surprise that has been Bo Scarbrough, but alas, any praise rings hollow when the season is already lost.

The question now is whether a faint glimmer of hope is to be had in the remaining five games. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.

Today’s Question of the Day is:

Will the Lions win another game this season?

My answer: Let’s break it down game-by-game.

Week 13 — vs. Chicago Bears:

First up is a Thanksgiving date with the Chicago Bears. Chicago is a total mess on offense, yet the Lions are a mess on defense. In their previous matchup, Detroit made Mitchell Trubisky look like a competent quarterback. Despite having the benefit of home field advantage, I am doubting that the offense can overcome a tough Bears defense. While the defense played well against Washington, Dwayne Haskins’ inaccuracy made this game closer than it should have been. I will chalk this up as a loss.

Week 14 — @ Minnesota Vikings:

Loss. Let’s move on.

Week 15 — vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

The Bucs are just 4-7 in 2019, but their offense frightens me. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are the best wide receiver tandem in the league right now, and both have eclipsed 1000 yards on the season. Throw in Ronald Jones finding his groove, and even with Jameis Winston at the helm, they pose a threat for a depleted Lions defense. While the Bucs’ defense is sub-par, the Lions are not good enough to exploit it. Loss.

Week 16 — @ Denver Broncos:

In my mind, this is their best chance at a win, but it will be tough sledding. Denver is a notoriously difficult city to play in, with the Broncos having one of the most dominant home field advantages in the NFL. Their passing game is poor with Brandon Allen at quarterback, although Drew Lock is likely to be thrust into the starting role before season’s end. Their strength on offense is their rushing attack, but that happens to coincide with the Lions’ strength as of late, run defense. Denver’s defense could be the difference, especially if Jeff Driskel has another turnover-prone outing. Win, but this could be a toss-up.

Week 17 — vs. Green Bay Packers:

It feels like so long ago when the Lions had a win stolen from them by questionable referees in Green Bay. The Packers have cooled off as of late, but they still boast a talented roster. The biggest benefit to the Lions is that Green Bay might have already secured a playoff spot, so the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones, and Davante Adams could be rested. This could be a match between quarterbacks Jeff Driskel (or David Blough) and Tim Boyle. Ugly. The Packers have better depth, and could be looking to enter the playoffs on a high note. This could be a loss, especially if their stars play.

In the end, a 4-11-1 record is a plausible outcome for the Lions. While beneficial to draft positioning, this is certainly one of the lowest points of the 2010s.

Poll

Will the Lions win another game this season?

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  • 34%
    Yes
    (224 votes)
  • 65%
    No
    (433 votes)
657 votes total Vote Now