The Detroit Lions have had a poor stretch of games after a hot start, and a big reason for their struggles is their inability to overcome injuries. Early in the season, the Lions suffered some pretty significant injuries on defense when C.J. Gardner-Johnson and James Houston were forced to miss most of the season. Despite that, they still found a way to win in convincing fashion with the offense dominating and the defense overachieving.
But in the last four games, a lot has changed. The offense has been turning the ball over at an alarming rate, and Jared Goff does not look like the MVP candidate that he once was. The Lions’ offensive line has rarely seen their starting five together this year, and during those four games they’ve seen Jonah Jackson and Frank Ragnow miss some time, which has led to their strongest unit underperforming, to put it mildly.
Defensively, the team needs to create turnovers to mask its deficiencies, but they haven’t been able to do that, either. The Lions got some extra juice on the defensive line when they brought in Bruce Irvin, but his impact was short-lived after suffering an ankle injury against the Saints. The Lions are also without Alim McNeill for at least another three games, which leaves a gaping hole on the interior DL.
Today’s Question of the Day is...
Which Lions player returning from injury do they need the most as they prepare for a playoff run?
My answer: Frank Ragnow.
He’s only been gone for less than two games, but we’re already seeing a major dip in the offense’s performance. While a lot of that can be attributed to Jared Goff’s sudden decline, we need him to feel as comfortable as possible for him to regain his rhythm in the offense, and what better way to make that happen than getting the entire starting offensive line back and healthy again?
I strongly considered going with CJGJ or Houston here as well. Both of those guys are impact players who can completely shut down a drive with a big stop or turnover. Houston is really the only pass rusher on this team that can get to the quarterback before he has time to even think about escaping, and they desperately need that kind of speed off the edge. And it cannot be underestimated how much it means to have CJGJ back in the locker room and back on the field to lead by example and give the defense the extra spark that they so desperately need right now.
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