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.
Lions Pick Up Taylor Decker’s Option
The Detroit Lions have exercised the fifth-year option on the contract of offensive tackle Taylor Decker, according to an official team announcement.
Decker will now be under club control through the 2020 season, and that extra season will be guaranteed for injury.
Decker started all 16 games for the Lions last season.
Lions’ Kenny Golladay Excited to Work with Danny Amendola
Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay is looking forward to learning from veteran wide receiver Danny Amendola, who signed with the Lions during free agency this offseason.
“We’re still just figuring each other out, but I know one thing, his work ethic is crazy,” Golladay said, according to Justin Rogers of the Detroit News.
“It’s through the roof. He wants to push everyone. And when you have a guy like that, a vet guy, a savvy vet, you just really want to follow up under him. I’m not going to let him go out there and out-run me.”
After a breakout 2018 season, Golladay is looking to keep the productivity rolling along.
“The challenge is just picking up where I left off,” Golladay said. “Don’t become complacent, you know. Just need to keep my same focus and that’s what I’m going to do.”
Lions Re-Signing Zach Zenner
The Detroit Lions will be re-signing running back Zach Zenner to a one-year deal, according to St. Paul Pioneer Press’ Chris Tomasson.
Zenner provided backfield depth for the Lions last season, rushing for 265 yards and 3 touchdowns for Detroit.
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