What a weekend! The Lions had some definite obstacles to overcome this week that may or may not still include the job of Scott Linehan, the faith of the fan base in Matthew Stafford, the play of the defense, and the performance of the team as a whole on the road. But many of those questions were put to bed with the performance on Sunday.
The Lions trailed for most of the game and entered the 4th quarter down, 6-16. But Stafford and Lions put two drives together and made it a game before Jason Hanson tied it up at the end of regulation, 23-23.
The Lions defense held up for most of the game and beat up and bruised Philadelphia quarterback, Michael Vick, to the tune of two interceptions and a forced fumble. What failed the defense was the lack of support Stafford and the offense.
However, the Eagles won the coin toss and elected to go on offense first. Boy, was that a mistake. The Lions forced a three-and-out and got the ball back, needing only a field goal to win the game in overtime.
Lions kicker Jason Hanson proceeded to do what Tigers’ closer Jose Valverde couldn’t do all week: shut the door and end the game. A 45-yard field goal from Hanson put the Lions in the win column for only the second time this year bringing their record to 2-3.
Now what would a Lions article be without next week’s predicition?
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I know it sounds crazy but yes, I am picking the Lions to take this one next week against the Bears. For some reason, I’m not exactly sold on the idea that Jay Cutler is an elite passer. I think if, and only if, the Lions get in his face and put pressure on him, they will have a chance. Despite Vick’s struggles with holding on to the ball, he is still a dangerous quarterback. Yet the defense played well enough to let the offense win it. Now, don’t go running to the bookie on this one. I’m being bold here, so cut me some slack.
Overall, this weekend was a tremendous step in the right direction. I’d like to believe that this is the beginning of a good run for the Lions. If it is, hold on because they’ll be playing some meaningful games in January.