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Notes: Consensus is that the Lions are not doing so well

If you’re looking for good news, I would turn elsewhere.

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As you can imagine, there isn’t a whole lot of positive news coming out of the Lions’ loss to the Raiders on Sunday.

The 31-24 loss proves particularly hard to swallow on a day where every other team in the NFC North lost. It was a chance for Detroit to gain some ground.

But alas, it was not so. Therefore, your notes are pretty much a compilation of “the Lions are circling the drain” articles.

I would say enjoy! But, well, you won’t.

  • We’ll start with Shawn Windsor of the Detroit Free Press explaining why the Lions are pretty much out of the NFC North race and it’s Matt Patricia’s fault. “It was he, the team’s coach, who couldn’t figure out a way to stop Oakland. And it was he who hasn’t been able to get this defense right all year.”

  • Next we head on over to Chris Burke for The Athletic: “It’s apparent by now that the Lions’ issues run deeper than one or two areas. The personnel, the coaching, the performance on the field … it’s all shy of where it needs to be.” (Subscription required.)

  • John Niyo of The Detroit News believes that failed fourth down play symbolizes the Detroit Lions’ lack of awareness in the game: “Hope is not a strategy that suits the Lions all that well.”

  • Just... this.

  • From ESPN’s Michael Rothstein: “On a team for which quarterback Matthew Stafford is having a career year and has two receivers who can make almost any catch, that defense is going to be what dooms Detroit back to mediocrity. Again.”

  • Hope for the future? Nah, probably not — playoff odds are down to 4 percent per MLive. “They probably need to win 10 games to make the playoffs, which means they can only lose once in the second half of the season. And even that might not be enough.”

  • I won’t send you off into the world with nothing but gloom, though. 77 veterans and 10 former Detroit football players were taken on an honor flight from Kalamazoo to Washington D.C. And when they returned, they were taken to the Air Zoo Museum, where hundreds of people stood waiting for their servicemen to come home.

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