It happened again! The Detroit Lions fell to the Chicago Bears 27-23 after blowing another double-digit fourth quarter lead. Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky came to life in the fourth quarter after playing terribly up to that point, throwing three touchdown passes and securing the win for the Bears.
Here are a few takeaways from another heart breaker for the Lions.
“Dagger Time” was supposed to be a rallying cry for the Detroit Lions this offseason. It was the Lions understanding their faults, and understanding that they have lost a ton of winnable games over the past two years due to their failures to maintain leads in the fourth quarter.
Well, Detroit once again failed to put the dagger in their opposition. The offense stalled out and went passive. They took the ball out of Matthew Stafford’s hands and lost because of it. The beat-up defense could not contain a quarterback who struggled hitting simple, open passes all game. Every unit on this roster somehow forgot how to play late in the game.
It is almost as if they did not care, feeling like they had the win in the bag and then lost motivation. But isn’t that the opposite of what we were told about “dagger time”?
Adrian Peterson is the back this team has long desired
Detroit has invested a lot into its running game in recent years. They have drafted four running backs in the past three years, including two in the second round. It turns out that the answer they may have needed all along may be a guy they pulled off of the scrap heap.
Adrian Peterson was a late offseason cut by the Washington Football Team. The rebuilding team decided they were better off without a running back deemed past his prime and let him go for free. Peterson was scooped up by Detroit, and instantly made a huge contribution.
Peterson rushed the ball 14 times for 93 yards in Week 1, averaging 6.6 yards per carry and nearly eclipsing the 100-yard mark. If he plays this well going forward then he will certainly be the RB1 in due time, which then begs the question, if finding a potential RB1 going forward could be this easy, then what is Detroit doing with its draft picks?
The secondary is already in trouble
The Lions remade cornerback room was a reason for excitement among fans this offseason. The additions of Jeff Okudah and Desmond Trufant, alongside Amani Oruwariye and Justin Coleman, were an exciting prospect. After only one game, though, the future at the position seems uncertain.
Okudah was not set to start this week and missed the game with an injury anyways. Trufant and Coleman both ended up leaving the game with injuries as well. Tony McRae, a corner who is on the roster for special teams more than anything, was thrust into action.
McRae predictably struggled, and he ended up giving up the Bears game-winning touchdown. It is hard to blame him, though, as he is effectively a CB5/special-teamer playing against starting-caliber NFL receivers. You can not expect him to do well there.
But the future is worrying, though. If Coleman and Trufant cannot play next week, then your starters are Oruwariye and either Okudah or Darryl Roberts — not a very inspiring CB duo no matter what.
What looked like a safe position is already in doubt.