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The Lions offense turned opportunities into doodoo

Detroit’s defense shows growth but the same cannot be said about Jared Goff.

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There’s a lot to be made about the Detroit Lions defense going soft in the final moments of the Minnesota Vikings game—I fear fans are going to develop some sort of awful Pavlovian response to the term “three-man rush” before we ring in 2022—and the the continued, unhallowed nature of losing on career-long field goal tries. That said, pass coverage being middling and the Lions being cursed on final plays are par for the course; what’s really become disappointing from Week 5 has been just how bad the Lions offense played in this game.

On the latest PODcast, we’re breaking down all the psychosis, heartbreak and curses; all the solid, less metaphysical things too, like player performances and scheme problems.

There are plenty of suspects on the offense’s struggles, and quarterback Jared Goff is back up again for the mug shot. There was no good second half Goff in this one, lest you count a great shot to D’Andre Swift at the end, and that’s going to become more and more of a problem.

But not all hope is lost; there are quite a few bright spots to pick out from this game too, including some surprises as certain units held their own against the Vikings on Sunday. It may be premature to think about it, but signs keep pointing towards hope, however fleeting, however little, as the Lions continue to battle and continue to look for that elusive first win.

Rest assured this is a very cope-heavy episode, but we on the PODcast committee believe it warranted.

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