It feels like a broken record, but the issues that have plagued the Lions early in the season are still occurring. The passing game remains an elite factor, thanks to Matthew Stafford performing at an MVP-like caliber. However, nearly every other facet of the team is struggling.
I am not going to rant about the lack of pressure, the disasters that are the linebackers, or the absence of a competent run game because, at this point, we have heard everything there is to say. The Lions are not good enough to compete this season, and our attention is turning to the offseason sooner rather than later.
The Raiders deserve credit as an underestimated offense. Their run game was dominant and Derek Carr did enough through the air to challenge the Lions, who could only muster an aerial attack.
Today’s Question of the Day is:
Do you feel better, worse, or the same after the Lions’ loss to the Raiders?
My answer: I feel a little worse.
With the uber-competitive state of the NFC this season, my hope that the Lions could claim a playoff spot was already fleeting, and a loss to the Raiders all but confirms it. This is an incomplete team, and despite some active scouting at the trade deadline, a trade or two was never going to be enough to fix this team this season.
If there is a bright side to our playoffs dreams being dashed so soon, it is that the remainder of the season could be far less stressful. There is little doubt that the Lions are an exciting team, with a multitude of one-score games this season, even if the results are not going in our favor. Optimism for a playoff berth is dwindling, but we can at least take solace that Stafford is playing his heart out. The 2018 Lions were a bad team, yet the worst part of that season was the utter dullness of their games. This year’s Lions team is fun to watch, although there are moments of heartbreak.
Here’s to some entertaining football as the second half of the 2019 season begins.
How do you feel about the Lions after their loss to the Raiders?
This poll is closed
A lot better
A little better
A little worse
A lot worse