With a 24-6 lead in the fourth quarter, things seemed firmly in hand for Matt Patricia in his sophomore debut, but at the end of regulation, the teams were headed to an overtime period after the Lions ran out of gas.
The Lions were 2.5 point favorites over the Cardinals, and that, too, seemed like a foregone conclusion until things fell apart. And even that seems like quite the understatement this Tuesday morning.
But it is what it is, and nothing the Lions do from now until this Sunday is going to scrub away the sour taste of last week’s draw.
According to Vegas, the Lions have quite the challenge on their hands when the Los Angeles Chargers come to town for the home opener at Ford Field in Week 2. The opening line has the Chargers as 2.5 point favorites on the road, the very position the Lions found themselves in Week 1 at Arizona.
Which leads us to today’s Question of the Day...
Should Lions be underdogs in home opener versus Chargers?
Detroit didn’t take care of business in Week 1. Not in the fourth quarter, not in the standings, not even against the spread. With all that being said, the Chargers coming into Ford Field as road favorites seems a bit of an overcorrection on behalf of the oddsmakers, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the line move closer back to even before kickoff on Sunday.
One thing that was clear against Arizona was Detroit’s inability to protect and provide Matthew Stafford with time, especially off the edge. Both Rick Wagner and Taylor Decker had their hands full with future Hall of Fame edge rusher Terrell Suggs and premier pass rusher Chandler Jones.
Things aren’t getting any easier though in Week 2 when Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram come to town.
But if the Chargers narrow escape from defeat in Week 1 against the Colts is any indication of how teams could beat Los Angeles, Detroit should be willing and ready to take advantage—Indianapolis ran the ball 33 times for 203 yards and a touchdown.
Detroit’s ground game was rather grounded against Arizona in Week 1, but if the Lions end up controlling time of possession and running the ball like this team seems so dead set on doing, the Chargers -2.5 seems like a bet I’d steer clear of if I was a gambling man which I’m definitely not, so, yeah.