The Detroit Lions faced off against the New England Patriots in their 1st exhibition game of the 2019 NFL preseason. After the 31-3 loss, what should Lions fans expect from Detroit this year?
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick talks with Lions head coach Matt Patricia, his former defensive coordinator in New England, as the players make their way onto the field Monday in Allen Park. (Photo: Daniel Mears, Detroit News - August 5th, 2019)
In a devastating defeat last night, Detroit Lions WR Jermaine Kearse suffered a season ending leg injury. Kearse was acquired meticulously as well as WR Danny Amedola and rookie f TE T.J Hockenson to help Matthew Stafford in the short passing game. Kearse's understanding of the newly installed Darrell Bevell offense dates back to the tenure both professionals had working with the Super Bowl XLVII champion Seattle Seahawks seasons ago. It all makes sense, but it hasn't yet made a true impact.
The Detroit Lions administration has expressed that they now want to play possession football. While Detroit fans have raved over the statistical outputs QB Matthew Stafford has produced, reputable NFL analyst insist that all the Lions shortcomings are primarily due to their inability to rush the football. Last year, HB Kerryon Johnson showed signs of light and the Lions defense was decent enough ranking 16th in points allowed per game but it doesn't end there. Head Coach Matt Patricia is defensive minded, scheming to morph the once pass heavy Lions offense into a team of possession and momentum. Patricia wants to stop the run, and has brought in the personnel to support such objectives. It's difficult to explain how the Lions were thrashed 31-3 on their home field, rendering not 1 single touchdown yesterday. While it would be objective to overreact, please explain to me to post-game remarks a NFL head coach would have for his team in this circumstance.
Jul 25, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Danny Amendola (80) looks on during training camp at the Detroit Lions Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Conquering the NFC North is possible, but is it probable for the Detroit Lions? The Minnesota Vikings will get Dalvin Cook back in the line-up, the Bears are now 1-year improved under the leadership of Matt Nagy, and the Green Packers? Well, they still have QB Aaron Rodgers. It'll be interesting to see if the Lions can manifest any sort of success in their next match-up against the Houston Texans. For now, there is much for the Lions to review in the film room.