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Three Takeaways from the Detroit Lions opening game embarrassment to the New York Jets

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  1. The poor play during the preseason was a sign of things to come

During the preseason, when the starters for the Lions were out on the field, they didn’t look good at all. During this time, fans said relax because it was just the preseason. Personally, I saw it as a problem then because you want to at least look at one positive coming out of the preseason, and the Lions didn’t have that. It looks like those struggles carried over to the regular season because they struggled in every facet of football.

2. The defensive line needs help

This was something that was known going into the season and it was proved even more this time around. The only time the Lions could get pressure was if they sent a linebacker to blitz or Ziggy Ansah had to pull a trick out of his hat to create pressure. I see this being a problem all year for the Lions and it will hurt them a lot down the stretch of the season when the quarterback has all day to throw it.

3. The running game doesn’t look improved, even with the signing of LeGarrette Blount

When the Lions signed Blount, there was a lot of hype behind it because Blount is a solid running back and looked to bring back a running game that has been terrible for years. After this game, it looks like the signing didn’t do anything. Blount only had four carries and totaled -3 yards. It isn’t really Blount’s fault either because on his 1st run, the o-line got pushed back and Stafford didn’t read a cornerback blitz, which led to a -7 yard run to start. This signing probably won’t lead to an improvement if this keeps happening every week.

 

This was one of the worst Lions game I have seen in a while. After  a great start of getting an interception for a touchdown off Sam Darnold, it went all downhill from there. Not only that, the Lions looked bad in every part of the game. The defense got picked apart, the offense was so bad that the Jets defense knew what play was coming (sounds familiar with Joe Lombardi), and the line on both sides of the ball is getting beaten. Even though this was only the 1st game of the season, there is a lot to worry about in Detroit.

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Three Takeaways from the Detroit Lions road victory against the Arizona Cardinals 17-3, somehow keeping their playoff hopes alive

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1. Zach Zenner showed up to play this week

Late in the game, Zach Zenner got a few series at running back and he made an immediate impact. He helped the Lions drive down the field and score their only offensive touchdown of the game. Not only did he do that, but he helped ice the game by getting first downs late in the 4th quarter. Zenner finished with 54 rushing yards on 12 carries and a touchdown. 

2. Jarrad Davis was all over the place on defense

Davis is really starting to get in his zone on defense. He was breaking up pass plays, stuffing the run, and even got himself a sack in this game. Davis finished with eight tackles, one sack, and pass deflection. Throughout his first two years in the league, Davis is improving week by week and it is a great sign of things to come at linebacker for the Lions.

3. The offense continues to struggle each week while the defense has improved each week

If it wasn’t for Zenner’s spark and Darius Slay’s interception for a touchdown, the rest of the Lions offense was only able to manage three points. While fans should understand that the offense will struggle due to injuries, etc. it shouldn’t be as bad as it is. Stafford only threw for 101 yards because every pass was short and everybody struggled to get open. As long as Marvin Jones and Kerryon Johnson are still on the sidelines, there is nothing really positive going for the Lions offense.

With this victory, the Lions still somehow have a chance to make the playoffs. While they will need lots of help from other teams, the possibility is still there. Now, this victory wasn’t against a very good Cardinals team, but the defense still looked really good and was a major factor in the Lions winning. With three games left in the season and two of those being divisional games, it will be very interesting to see where the 2018 season pans out for the Lions.

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Lions Shut Down Ziggy Ansah

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The Detroit Lions have shut down defensive end Ziggy Ansah, who has been placed on injured reserve, according to an official team announcement.

It is likely that the Lions will move on from Ansah this offseason. 

The Lions opted to apply the franchise tag to Ansah last offseason, paying him $17.1 million and were willing to negotiate a long term deal for the end.

Ansah suffered a number of injuries this season and only posted 4 sacks over 7 games.

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Three Takeaways from the Lions 30-16 home loss against the LA Rams, putting them at 4-8 and still last in the NFC North

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1. While the Taylor Decker touchdown was a great moment, it’s pretty sad that that is the only way we could score a touchdown

You know the Lions offense is really struggling when their only touchdown is to an offensive lineman. Along with that, 2nd string tight end Levine Toilolo was the leading receiver for the Lions this week too. The Lions running game was average this week, but really wasn’t able to get anything going against the Rams defensive front. With the injuries to Marvin Jones and Kerryon Johnson, it was expected that the Lions offense would have some struggles, but good coaching and good QB play usually can make up for that. But, this doesn’t seem to be the case.

2. The Rams clearly were the better team

The Rams are 11-1 for a reason. When the Rams turned the ball over, they were able to overcome that adversity and get stops themselves to make up for it. Along with that, whenever the Lions turned the ball over, the Rams were able to take advantage of it and get points. While the Lions were able to make the game interesting for a while, the Rams proved to be the better team and were able to put them away down the stretch.

3. Damon Harrison is the most consistent threat on the Lions defense

“Snacks” continues to dominate for the Lions week in and week out. This week, he led the team in tackles with seven (1.5 tackles for loss), had a sack, and also had a fumble recovery. While Harrison has been doing his part, the rest of their defense isn’t holding up their end as Todd Gurley still rushed for 132 yards.

 

Going into this game, the Lions weren’t really expected to win this game and the play on the field showed why. The Rams were the better team as they were able to execute when it mattered most. Along with that, they just flat out have the better talent. While the Lions were able to keep it close for a good amount of the game, the Rams just wore them out. This loss now puts the Lions at 4-8 and still in last place in the NFC North. The Lions need to win out in order to even be considered in the playoff hunt and that doesn’t look possible considering who they have to play these next few weeks.

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