It’s July now, and finally, the speculation can turn into reality. Will linebacker Jarad Davis be a bust? Will rookie running back Kerryon Johnson be the Detroit Lions first 100-yard rusher in about a jillion years? AND…the one that’s been on my mind for the longest: Do people feel that Matt Patricia can make a difference with this team?
No, I’m not doubting the hire at all. I guess what I’m thinking is this. Back in April (pre-draft), I was at an event, and as tends to happen when I meet people, the topic of conversation turned to football.
We started talking Lions, and he asked me if I felt that the Lions are really going to be THAT much improved with this hire. I, of course, said yes, and he looked at me a little funny.
I’ll be the first to admit. When I saw that defensive end Harold Landry was going to be on the board for the Lions at the 20th pick, I was getting excited. THISwas going to be the year the Lions FINALLY got it right, and are going to draft a much-needed player.
The pick was in, and it was centerFrank Ragnow from Arkansas.
OK, not initially what was expected. (This is why I don’t do mock drafts, it’s all too crazy.) Though I did feel that offensive line was going to be addressed, I just didn’t think that they would address it so early.
The Detroit Lions picked a tight end with their first pick in the 2014 draft, Eric Ebronout of North Carolina. Most were surprised. At the time, the Lions had just signed tight end Brandon Pettigrew to a 4-year deal. He proceeded to put a lackluster year together with lots of drops, just like Pettigrew.
In fact, most of his career he has been plagued with drops. He would go back and forth with Lions fans on Twitter about that issue. As his career went on, he wouldn’t argue as much, but he did change his tune. He promised to work on the drops. Continue reading “The Improvement of Eric Ebron”→
Handle your business and win. Get some help from a couple of teams, and the Lions could get into the playoffs. Easy enough. In their last 4 games, the Lions faced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Chicago Bears, the Cincinnati Bengals and the Green Bay Packers. They were favored in all of them. They beat both the Buccaneers and the Bears. Today they had to go on the road and face the 5-11 Bengals who were thoroughly beaten by the Vikings and the Bears.
This game should be no problem. Despite a slow start from both teams, tight end Eric Ebron scored on a pass from quarterback Matthew Stafford. Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay was getting calls, breaking up passes. But the game took a slow turn. The Bengals scored a touchdown in the 3rd quarter to make the score 13-10. Lions fans just started to get “That Feeling”. That some way, somehow, this team was going to lose to the Bengals. Continue reading “Week 16: Detroit Lions Pride Report”→
The Lions have owned the Bears in the past few years. But when it’s a division rival, it’s different. Back in week 11 when they played in Chicago, running back Jordan Howard had 125 yards rushing and the Bears jumped out to a 10-0 lead. The Lions finally got their act together and won the game. This game was different. The Lions came out and scored right away. Yes, it was a field goal, but it was something.
The Lions have had slow starts these past few games. Early scoring was a good thing. The Lions just about pitched a shutout during the first half, only allowing a field goal by at the end of the half. The Lions drastically improved their run defense this game by only allowing 43 rushing yards. In Week 11, they gave up 222 yards rushing. Quarterback Matthew Staffordwas able to make very impressive plays against a tough Bears defense. The most impressive was a 2nd quarter pass to wide receiver Marvin Jones, Jr.
The Lions were facing an opponent this week that on paper, appeared pretty evenly matched. Both teams are having mediocre seasons so far. Each team has playoff aspirations. Each team has had impressive wins but also had some not so impressive losses. They also had the same record going into this game. In order for the Lions to keep their playoff hopes alive, winning this game was paramount.
Yesterday was a day to give thanks. While I was (and still am) very thankful for plenty of things, the way the Detroit Lions played yesterday, wasn’t one of them. The Lions played their division rival Minnesota Vikings. The last few Thanksgivings the Lions had some pretty impressive victories, including last year against the Vikings as well.
Week 9 found the Lions in Green Bay. In the past 25 years or so, the Lions really haven’t fared well there. Quarterbacks Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers have pretty much had the Lions number. Well, this time it was a little different.
Rodgers went out week 6 with a collarbone injury and has the potential to be out the rest of the year. That means the Lions had a chance. They would have to handle their business though. Handle it they did. The Lions came into Lambeau, took the lead 7-0 in the first and never looked back. And you know what else? The Lions never had to punt. When was the last time that happened? It was 1971, in case you were curious.