What Do the Lions Have to Do to Win!? – No NFL team wants to start a season 0-5. It means you have not yet been able to get things done and are clearly looking to be behind the curve. Something is in fact wrong. It does not matter that the Colts turned a 1-5 season into a playoff trip a few years ago. Because Detroit is not as talented.
The Lions knew when they hired Dan Campbell this past offseason that the team needed to rebuild a bit. He is here to set the culture and find the good within the team. He is as charismatic as any coach in the league. So, how can he fire his guys up for their first win of 2021?
Don’t Score 17 Points
The Lions scored 33 points against the 49ers in week 1 as they lost a tough one. They rallied late in the contest, but ultimately fell short. And now in three out of the past four games, they have scored exactly 17 points. The first time was against Green Bay, where they lost 35-17. But the last two, heartbreaking.
Detroit should have beaten the Ravens. But, leading 17-16 with a few seconds on the clock, Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker jogged out. A 66-yard field goal. He made it, giving him the longest make in league history. And just last week, a TD + late 2-point conversion gave them a 17-16 lead.
Kirk Cousins completed three straight passes and Greg Joseph booted the winner. They lost again. Stop scoring 17 points exactly. Get more.
Jamaal Williams and D’Andre Swift have split carries this year, and each guy has looked good. Jared Goff has done a good job of sharing the wealth. But, it’s not enough.
Force More Turnovers
Detroit has just three interceptions, and three fumble recoveries on the year. Five teams against them with a combined six giveaways. They are going to need to come away with more of them.
Sure, the defensive positions for Detroit leave a lot to be desired. But, the Lions have no excuse not to be better. Playmakers are born out of thin air practically every week in this league. Charles Harris has looked good with his four sacks. Two of the interceptions have been made by Amani Oruwarive. But, what about the other guys?
It really stinks they have so many great guys on IR. Not having Jeff Okudah this year has to just sting. But, next man up. Force turnovers. Or you just won’t win.
It might not be much, but the Lions two last-second losses happened because their opponents utilized every second they had. You need to score the ball and can’t play the what-if game if scenarios present themselves. But obviously, leaving less than a minute is even too much.
Minnesota took advantage of having two timeouts and a QB in Kirk Cousins who knew where to put the ball. And the Ravens needed barely 22 yards before getting into “range” for Tucker. Perhaps the next time, they can score points with zero’s left.
You can’t knock the Lions for scoring points in crunch time. It’s very impressive. But, they are 0-5 after all.
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