We’ve now entered the Detroit Lions’ second quarter of the season, and based on the schedule alone, this could be an opportunity for head coach Matt Patricia and the gang to turn around their fortunes. Patricia likes to say that there’s a lot of sloppy football in September, and that seems especially true of a COVID-shortened year.
That all sound a bit convenient given how poor the Lions have looked through four games of the season, but with an early bye week, it does give the Lions a chance to reevaluate, recenter and refocus their efforts. While it seems unlikely, Detroit could still turn this thing around, and it all starts with the individuals.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
Which Lions player will see the biggest improvement in the second quarter of the season?
My answer: I know it has become a bit of a meme on our First Byte podcast, but I truly believe we’re on the verge of seeing Lions rookie running back D’Andre Swift. While it’s been frustrating seeing other rookie running backs make big impacts already—look no further than the Lions’ Week 5 opponent and rookie running back James Robinson—it’s important to remember that Swift was coming out of training camp nursing an injury. The Lions smartly took it slow with him to make sure he can last the entire season, but now it is time. What better time to get Swift going both in the pass and the run game than against the worst defense in the league per DVOA?
Get ready to get Swifty.