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Three Takeaways from the Detroit Lions loss to the Minnesota Vikings, putting them at 3-5 and last in the NFC North division.

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1. The offensive line got beat from the start of the game

The offensive line for the Lions gave up a total of 10 sacks. That was a franchise record for the Vikings and they were getting to Matthew Stafford from the start of the game. It was a combination of Stafford hanging onto the ball too long as well as the line just collapsing against the pass rush. When you give up that many sacks in a game, it is very difficult to overcome and win.

2. Golden Tate is already missed

It was clear that the Lions needed Tate on offense after watching this game. The Lions wide receivers had a tough time getting open all game and it showed when Stafford would hang onto the ball too long and get sacked. This was the case all game and was a clear reason why the Lions were only held to nine points.

3. The play calling on offense and defense was predictable at times

There were multiple occasions on offense when even I could predict what was getting called. Screen passes were the trend of the offense this week and every time this play got called, it led to negative yardage. The same can be said on defense too when there were moments where you could tell the defense was either running man to man or zone defense. In the moments where the Lions were running man to man, Kirk Cousins read it with ease and would pick up the 1st downs.

This was a big game for the Lions this week and they looked terrible. The offense struggled all game and in turn, it hurt the defense because they had to try and make up for it. Things are starting to go south for the Lions and a game against the Bears in Chicago next week isn’t a good sign of things to come. While the division is still up for grabs even after this week, trying to go from last to first in a span of a few games almost sounds impossible but this team has been unpredictable all year.

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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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Three Takeaways from the Detroit Lions loss to the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving, putting them at 4-7 and just about ending their playoff hopes.

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1. Both of Matthew Stafford’s interceptions killed the Lions chances of winning this game

Matthew Stafford had two interceptions against the Bears, and both of them were game sealing interceptions. The 1st one was in mid-way through the 4th quarter when Eddie Jackson read an out route perfectly, picked off Stafford, and returned the interception for a touchdown to take a 23-16 lead. Then, the 2nd interception was late in the 4th when the Lions were driving down the field, only for Stafford to just throw it up to Michael Roberts in the corner of the endzone, only for Roberts to not expect to get the ball. Kyle Fuller ended up getting the interception with ease as it was basically thrown to him. It has been mentioned earlier in this season and it still applies now that when Stafford turns the ball over, it happens at the worst time and the turnovers look so bad.

2. LeGarrette Blount did his best as a fill in for Kerryon Johnson

Blount carried his weight as he rushed for 88 yards on 19 carries along with two touchdowns. With Kerryon Johnson out with a knee injury, the Lions still needed to establish a running game and Blount did a pretty good job of doing that this week. While Blount isn’t having his best year with the Lions, he still was a good fill in this week as the lack of a running game was not the reason the Lions lost.

3. The Lions defense did their best too

When it was announced that Chase Daniel was going to be the starting quarterback this week due to Mitch Trubisky’s injury, Lions fans probably were not expecting Daniel to be a major factor in deciding this game. While he did not turn the ball over for the Bears, the defense was still able to pressure him and force a lot of punts. Unfortunately, the Lions offense was unable to take advantage of these punts as they punted the same amount of times the Bears did.

 

This loss really put a damper on the Lions’ playoff hopes. After surprising the Panthers last week, a win against the Bears this week really would have helped the Lions get back in the playoff hunt. But, Matthew Stafford seems to struggle against any team that is above .500 or has a really good defense. The Bears fit both of these categories as their defense dominated near the end of the game and ended up forcing turnover after turnover. This now brings up the question that since Jim Caldwell got fired after a 9-7  season, where does this leave coach Matt Patricia since he is now currently 4-7? Overall, this season is just about over for the Lions, so now fans are probably already looking towards the draft.

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Lions Waive Don Carey

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The Detroit Lions have waived veteran safety Don Carey, according to an official team announcement on Friday.

Carey was waived to make room for cornerback Marcus Cooper, who the Lions claimed off of waivers from the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving. Carey was active for the Lions’ Thanksgiving tilt me against Chicago, serving as a special teams gunner.

Cooper is expected to take over Carey’s role.

 

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