One of the best parts about being a fan is getting to make bold predictions and outrageous claims, then basking in the glory once things play out perfectly. In fact, some people are already cashing in their checks after Week 1 and taking an early victory lap around the internet.
However, there is something noble about being able to admit one’s defeat. While just one game is not enough time to throw in the towel already, sometimes the signs become clear enough to recognize that there is a big fat L coming in the future. In these cases it seems best to just bite the bullet early.
There are plenty of predictions that looked dead wrong after the season opener. Maybe you were sure that Kerryon Johnson was going to continue right where he left off and rush for 100 yards and a couple scores against the Cardinals. Maybe you expected T.J. Hockenson to perform like most rookie tight ends and post a very modest stat line. Or maybe you expected head coach Matt Patricia to look completely different in his strategy and scheme. Whoever you may be, odds are that not everything went right following the Lions’ opener.
Today’s Question of the Day is:
Which prediction are you already feeling wrong about after Week 1?
My answer: During the offseason there were few signings I felt less passionate about than Danny Amendola. The Lions already have a pair of dynamic receivers, plus they drafted a stellar tight end and want to give Johnson more opportunities as a pass catcher. Add in a new offensive philosophy that features the run game, and it just did not seem like there would be any room for the new slot receiver.
Whoops. Amendola was obviously a huge part of the Lions’ game plan in Arizona, finishing as the only player with double-digit targets (13) and leading the team with seven receptions. His long touchdown is probably more of a rarity, but Matthew Stafford looked comfortable throwing to him in a variety of situations.
The Cardinals’ depleted secondary set the stage for Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones to have huge games, but really it was Amendola who was the biggest beneficiary. Given his early success, there is no reason to think the Lions will not continue to look his way. I was completely wrong about this one.