Monday, October 4, 2010

Detroit Lions, You're the one. You make draft time lots of fun!

1991. I was 10. Jahvid Best was 2. Brett Favre was 41. Michael Jackson's "Black or White" was the number one song on the radio. 1991 was the last time the Lions beat Green Bay at Lambeau. Unbelievable.  For the second time in four weeks, the Lions make the final score appear much closer than the game actually was.
The Chicago game was close throughout. The Minnesota game was a blow-out.  But the Philly/Green Bay games.....The Lions should have lost both by 21. It seems like both teams took their foot off the gas, and was unable to find their rhythm again when the Lions made it close.

It would be easy to blame Matthew Stafford's injury for many of the team's struggles, but I just don't see it. Shaun "please God, stay healthy so we aren't subjected to Drew Stanton" Hill has played well in Stafford's absence.  Of course it's easy to amass 300+ yards when your team has to abandon the run at halftime, but he hasn't been the reason they lost. He also, obviously, hasn't been the one to lead them to victory. When it comes to Shaun Hill, he's just sorta there. The interceptions are worrisome, but he is out there trying to make plays. Right, Mike Valenti? 

So, who is to blame? Well, anyone associated with the defense with a few exceptions. They just can't stop anyone. John Kuhn, essentially killed 6:00 on the final drive. Who? The pride of Shippensburg, that's who. He had 7 carries for 34 yards on the final drive. Aaron Rodgers was held to what will most likely be a season low with 181 yards, but he only attempted 17 passes. He had a QB rating of 105.3. 

On a bittersweet note, Charles Woodson did what Charles Woodson does. He returned an interception for a TD. He has now done this against the Lions in three consecutive seasons. Go blue!

So what's next? The Rams. Sam Bradford. One of the few teams I figured would always be lower in the Power Rankings of any given expert this season. The one "guaranteed" victory on the 2010 schedule. Well, the Rams are 2-2 and tied for the lead in the NFC West. The Lions are tied with Carolina, San Francisco, and Buffalo in the race for the number 1 draft pick next April. Finally, something I think the Lions can win.

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