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Discussion: Do you feel better, worse about the Lions’ defense after the Saints game?

Have your feelings about the defense changed at all following the Lions’ win over the Saints?

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Coming off of a couple of ugly performances, the Detroit Lions really needed to clean up their mistakes and have a bounce-back performance against the New Orleans on Sunday, and for the most part, they did. The first seven minutes of the game couldn’t have gone any better, but unfortunately some of those issues reared their ugly heads once again, which allowed the Saints to make it a close game in the end.

The Lions did not turn the ball over once on offense, and created two turnovers defensively, which was exactly what they needed after losing the turnover battle by a combined 7-to-1 in their previous two games. Still, once the Saints were able to find some rhythm offensively, the Lions’ defense struggled to get stops. It wasn’t until Jameis Winston filled in for an injured Derek Carr at quarterback that the defense was able to finally stop the bleeding and secure the win.

One may look at the signs of the defense playing extremely well in the first half, or their 23 pressures against the Saints’ offense and come away with a positive outlook on the defense. Others may point to their baffling failures on third-and-long and their near complete collapse in the second half and signal that this is the same struggling defense that we’ve seen all year against semi-competent offenses. Or maybe it lies somewhere in between.

Today’s Question of the Day is...

Do you feel better, worse or the same about the Lions’ defense after their win over the Saints?

My answer: The same.

While I don’t believe that the defense played as poorly as some others seem to suggest, this was not a very good Saints offense (ranked 20th in offensive DVOA) heading into Sunday’s game and I’m not quite sure how they continue to make mediocre quarterbacks look elite. It was Derek Carr’s chance this week to overachieve against the Lions.

Nothing has changed for me, and I’m not quite sure how it can be fixed with the personnel that they have. They just don’t seem talented enough to hang with receivers in man-coverage, and when they play zone, they can’t seem to pressure the quarterback quick enough to prevent them from finding the soft spots in coverage and picking the defense apart. It’s certainly a conundrum, and one that defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn will have to mitigate if the Lions are serious about making a run in the playoffs.

Poll

Do you feel better, worse or the same about the Lions’ defense after their win over the Saints?

This poll is closed

  • 6%
    Better
    (141 votes)
  • 44%
    Worse
    (916 votes)
  • 48%
    The same
    (988 votes)
2045 votes total Vote Now

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