That was something that my mom used to always tell me as a kid, and sometimes now even though I consider myself grown! But honestly, it took until I was grown to really understand what this meant. Now that I really get it, I think it’s a wonderful way to describe the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford has been the leader of this Detroit Lions team for 10 seasons. He has been a comeback player of the year, his name has been tossed around in both MVP conversations and trade conversations among fans. But one thing you can’t deny about John Matthew Stafford is his commitment to the Detroit community.
The St. Louis Rams came to town and pretty much did what was expected. They won, but it wasn’t as much of a slaughter fest as originally thought. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t pretty, but it wasn’t a bloodbath! Though there was some hope when left tackle Taylor Decker scored a touchdown to make the score 16-13.
However, all hope was lost when the Rams defense did their thing. Quarterback Matthew Stafford got hit by defensive tackle Aaron Donald and fumbled the ball in the 4th quarter, and the Rams were able to score and pulled away from the Lions. The Rams were able to win their division, and the Lions are looking forward to the draft. Once again.
I’m really not asking this in a philosophical and/or rhetorical way. If I’m being honest, they’re something different every week. At this point, what can we really expect from this team? That’s another question for another post.
Last night, the Lions were again brought into the national spotlight. This time by legendary game show host, and insurance spokesperson, Alex Trebek.
First off….I was eating before I wrote this, so forgive me if it goes astray. I’m quite literally tryptophan wasted as I write this. I was determined not to let the Detroit Lions ruin the dinner that my mom worked hard all day to cook.
Coming off of a win against the Carolina Panthers, that quite frankly not too many people were expecting, expectations were starting to creep up that the Lions may actually fare better in Detroit on Thanksgiving against the Chicago Bears than they did in Chicago. Plus, the Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky wasn’t going to be playing, it could be a win!
The Carolina Panthers have lost their last two games in heartbreaking fashion. First came the embarrassing blowout loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on primetime. If that wasn’t already devastating enough for fans, the Panthers followed that game with a loss to the Detroit Lions Sunday by one point, 20-19. This loss marked the Panthers 4th loss, all of which have come on the road.
One of the most frustrating things about the Lions game was the fact that the Panthers had 10 days to mull over their embarrassing loss to the Steelers, and they still showed up to Detroit with an underwhelming and lackluster performance. There were so many missed opportunities in this game that it seemed as if the Panthers found a way to lose rather than finding ways to win.
The Lions traveled today to take on the 1st place Chicago Bears. I must admit, as the season has gone on, I felt that the Lions dominance of the Bears was going to end but I thought that the Lions could at least put up a fight. They didn’t.
One good thing about this week was quarterback Matthew Stafford was sacked only 6 times! An improvement from last weeks 10 sacks. Aside from quarterback play, the defense wasn’t too much better. Let me clarify: the run defense was good, the rest was not. No pressure on QB Mitchell Trubisky, and there was blown coverages throughout the secondary.
However, the Bears averaged 2.5 yards per carry and only rushed for 54 yards total. They were able to hold running back Jordan Howard to just 21 yards rushing. Shout out to defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison for keeping Chicago’s run game at bay.
A career-long run for running back Dalvin Cook and a franchise record 10 sacks for the defense, it was a long, long day. Not too much went right for the Lions today. The offensive line was terrible and none of the wide receivers could get separation. Well, WR Marvin Jones, Jr. was able to get some, but not much.
The Lions couldn’t score a touchdown, and a costly miscue between quarterback Matthew Stafford, and rookie RB Kerryon Johnson helped the Minnesota Vikings defense come in and just feast.
They held the Lions to 209 total yards, WR Kenny Golladay only had 46 yards on 3 catches. And the run game just wasn’t able to get going at all. It was one of the uglier games in recent Lions history.
After months of speculation, it finally happened. Wide receiver Golden Tate was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 3rd round pick in next year’s draft.
Tate had been the subject of many rumors since the offseason. Not too long after the season started, we found out that there was talk of trading him for Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski plus a first round pick. It didn’t happen so most probably forgot about it until the trade deadline got closer and closer. Then the rumor mill got going strong again. Then today, the news broke that he was going to Philadelphia.
Normally when you come to read these articles, I do a quick recap, shout out a player of the game, shout out the poor performer of a game, and preview the next game. This week, I’ll switch it up a bit.
I spoke with our Seahawks reporter, Dayna O’Gorman, earlier in the week about this game. Due to technical issues, I wasn’t able to get posted in time. This week, I’ll take our conversation, and see how our predictions matched up!!
But before I get going, let me just say that coming into this game, I felt that these teams were pretty evenly matched. I felt that the winner would possibly be able to compete for a playoff spot in the NFC. I still feel that way, but the Lions just looked really bad today.