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 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.
According to a 2001 New York Times article in describing the role of a lioness in a pride, they are responsible for the hunting and gathering of food. They also have a true community where they are all the same, and there are no bosses. They essentially are equal.
The same can be said for another group of Lionesses. My fellow Lions fans who just so happen to be female. These are some very smart women, and thankfully we’ve formed such a great community.
Because they’re pretty cool people and smart fans, I figured I’d chat with them and get their thoughts on the State of The Pride. Here are their thoughts on the current state of the Lions going into week 5.
After two pretty awful looking games, the Lions were facing the New England Patriots. Exactly what the doctor did NOT order.
The Patriots were coming off of a loss to Jacksonville on the road and the word was that quarterback Tom Brady was irritated. And that’s never a good sign. Defensive end Ziggy Ansah was ruled out for the game. Cornerback Darius Slay‘s status was unsure going into the game due to an injury from last week.
The Patriots were also dealing with some injuries of their own. Safety Patrick Chung, CB Eric Rowe, and defensive lineman Trey Flowers were all out for the game. So, the Lions actually had a chance. Slim, but still a chance. It was amazing, actually, once the game got started to see what was taking place.
Lions fans, the Matt Patricia era has not gotten off to a good start. The veterans are potentially unhappy, injuries are starting to add up, and the run defense has been abysmal. The run game remains troubled at best.
Despite all that, the Lions may have a chance to beat the New England Patriots. Granted, a lot of things would have to go their way, but it could happen.
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.