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Monday open thread: Will the Lions turn the season around?

Things are looking up after a great win against the Jaguars.

Detroit Lions v Jacksonville Jaguars Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images

It is incredible what a single game can do to a football team.

The first four games of the Detroit Lions’ 2020 season were adventurous at best, agonizing at worst. The frustrating aspect of their 1-3 record was not so much the losses, but how they lost. A late fourth quarter implosion against the Bears in Week 1. A drubbing at the hands of the Packers in Week 2. Giving up 35 unanswered points to the Saints in Week 4. Even their Week 3 win over the Cardinals was marginal at best; they relied heavily on Kyler Murray’s struggles.

Against the Jacksonville Jaguars, we could forget everything bad that has happened.

Maybe.

The Lions had one of their most complete outings of not only of the season, but perhaps the entire Matt Patricia era. The Jaguars are arguably one of the worst teams in the league, up there (down there?) with the New York Jets and Giants. That should not detract from the solid all-around performance from the team.

We had D’Andre Swift run for over 100 yards. Matthew Stafford had a statistically modest day, but he was never really challenged in this game. Perhaps the most stunning aspect of this game was the incredible run defense. Outside of a garbage time touchdown, the defense was stout for a majority of the game. James Robinson had a meager 29 yards on 12 carries. Considering the Lions had previously given up over 100 rushing yards in every game, this is a huge turnaround.

After four games, people were calling for heads to roll.

After five games, the Lions are sitting at 2-3 with a weak schedule ahead of them.

Today’s Question of the Day is:

Will the Lions turn the season around?

My answer: I believe they can. I don’t foresee this team as a Super Bowl contender—which might not be enough for some fans—but Sunday’s win over Jacksonville illustrated everything the Lions have tried to do under Matt Patricia.

The secondary still has some issues, and the receivers outside of Kenny Golladay are quiet. However, despite the weak opponent, this was encouraging for what was a struggling team. The defense has always been the limiting factor for the Lions. They could not get stops, and that killed clock that could have otherwise been used on offense. This game against the Jaguars was the opposite, with the Lions eating up nearly 36 minutes time of possession.

The weeks ahead look favorable for the Lions. Of their next six opponents, one of them sits at 4-2 (Colts), two of them sit at 3-3 (Panthers, Texans), and three of them sit at 1-5 (Falcons, Vikings, Washington). The Lions could reach a record above .500 in the next few weeks, and given the expanded playoffs this year, there suddenly appears to be light at the end of the tunnel.

Your turn.

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Will the Lions turn the season around?

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  • 45%
    Yes
    (336 votes)
  • 54%
    No
    (395 votes)
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