Just how they drew it up.
The Detroit Lions emerged from their Week 11 match versus the Chicago Bears with a victory, but the road was rockier than most. At one point, the Lions were trailing 26-14 with four minutes remaining, a dire situation for a team in dire need of a spark. The offense was not in its usual form, largely due to a trio of interceptions from quarterback Jared Goff. The defense had somewhat held the Bears in check, but prospects were looking grim for Detroit.
Then Goff and company came alive. It started with some modest gains with David Montgomery, Sam LaPorta, Amon-Ra St. Brown, and Jahmyr Gibbs—yet was it too little, too late? Jameson Williams had other plans, notching himself a 32-yard touchdown grab that closed the lead to 26-21. The game was still within reach, but it meant stopping the Bears offense and Justin Fields, who had just capped off another 100-yard rushing game against Detroit. Yet thanks to two predictable runs up the gut and a missed downfield shot, the Bears punted, having burned a mere 26 seconds.
The Lions were granted another opportunity, and they did not waste it. An 11-play drive culminated in a David Montgomery 1-yard touchdown run against his former team, all but icing the game with just 29 seconds remaining in the game. The Bears comeback drive lasted one play, as Aidan Hutchinson officially sealed the game with a strip sack-turned-fumble on Fields. The Lions rose to 8-2, surviving one of the their biggest scares of the season.
Yet despite the win, are you feeling more or less confident in the Lions?
Today’s Question of the Day is:
Do you feel better or worse after the Lions’ win over the Bears?
My answer: I feel better about the Lions.
The Lions were outplayed for at least 50 minutes of the 60-minute affair, which does not bode well on paper. The Lions outclassed the Bears in nearly every facet, yet here they were struggling to fend off an inferior foe. The bad—four turnovers, drive-extending penalties on defense, one sack before the final defensive play of the game—had seriously outweighed the good.
Yet all of that seems moot after that incredible comeback. The Lions and Dan Campbell added a signature win to their resume on Sunday. It was far from perfect, but how can you not feel excited about this team when they are capable of such a comeback?
Do the Lions have issues to correct? Yes. That being said, the Lions played one of their worst games of the season and were still able to rally for a victory. That speaks volumes of the resilience of the roster and coaching staff. Ideally, the Lions would stomp their opponents every week, but showing the ability to overcome adversity and win in the clutch is just as impressive.
Are you feeling better after that comeback victory, or did the bad overshadow the excitement? Let us know in the comments.
Do you feel better, worse, or the same after the Lions’ win over the Bears?