Failure. There’s no way to get around it. The Lions failed to score a meaningful touchdown during Monday night’s game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. At 2-4, with another loss in the division to another team they are chasing, things are looking bleak for our Lions. I’m not sure how they can salvage this season at this point as anything less than winning out will still put their playoff aspirations in question.
The night didn’t start well for Detroit as the Bears put up 10 points by the end of the first quarter on a 7-yard Brandon Marshall touchdown reception and a 39-yard field goal by Robbie Gould. However, the Lions defense held up for the second quarter as the halftime score was 10-0.
The downside to overworking the defense was, once again, the failure of the Lions offense to generate any kind of points. Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson failed to get on the same page once again as Johnson finished with three catches for 34 yards. On top of all this, the Lions lost veteran receiver Nate Burleson for the season to a broken leg. However, coinciding with Burleson’s injury was the emergence of rookie receiver Ryan Broyles, who pulled in a 12-yard touchdown pass from Stafford with 30 seconds left. But it wasn’t enough to mount a comeback and the Lions fell in front of a national audience, 13-7.
This was probably the closest thing to a must-win game for the Lions as 2-4 is a entirely different from 3-3. It doesn’t help that this loss comes in the division as Detroit is 0-2 against the NFC North. I’m not promising anything but I know Jim Schwartz is not going to let his team go down quietly. The Lions can still compete with the class of the NFC. However, by being so far down in the standings at this point of the season doesn’t help their cause. But onward to next week!
I would hope that next Sunday’s game will be a focused, aggressive, and dominant performance from this club. Seattle escaped Green Bay with a controversial win but it was at home in front of a capacity crowd. Somehow, I don’t see that same Seattle club coming out to match a Lions team that is angry, frustrated, and looking for a way to get back into the race. I’m not promising or guaranteeing a win for Detroit but there’s nothing like playing in front of the hometown fans.
I still believe the Lions can make one last shot at this thing but changes need to be made now. Another loss would end the season for the Lions and push playoff aspirations back another year. And like the Tigers are teaching us right now, there’s no time like the present.