”You don’t love a team for its titles. You don’t love a team for the trophies. You love a team because somewhere in there, you’ve found yourself.” I wish I could give credit to whoever wrote this because this really put things into perspective for me. I have been a fan of football for as long as I can remember. But somewhere along the way, I developed a passion. A passion that makes me feel like a little kid again. A passion that has taught me loyalty, patience, pain, and love. It’s never been easy being a Lions fan but that’s why it’s not for the faint-hearted.
Sunday, the (3-6) Detroit Lions will be facing off with the (6-3) Carolina Panthers at Ford Field. The Detroit Lions are 3.5 point underdogs at home. The Panthers have a very good offense and should be able to move the ball around on Sunday. Cam Newton always poses a problem for opposing defenses with his dual-threat ability. Speaking of dual threats, Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey has emerged as one of the top running backs in the NFL. He is one of the best pass-catching backs in the league and has been very consistent on the ground. He better run to the outside though because since Damon ”Snacks” Harrison has been in Detroit he has been unstoppable.
For the Lions, if they play anything like the last two weeks then they could be in for a rough game. Jim Bob Cooter is fighting to keep his job so I expect him to be aggressive with his play calling on Sunday. The offense could be without Marvin Jones this week with a knee injury he suffered in Chicago. That leaves Kenny Golladay and TJ Jones as the top pass catchers for Detroit. On the defensive side, the Lions should get Darius Slay back which will help the struggling Lions secondary. The Detroit defense will be the key to winning this game. If the secondary plays as they did against Chicago there is no chance the Lions can win. Last week there was nothing but finger pointing, complaining, and confusion on the defense. That’s something I would expect in the first few weeks, not ten weeks into the season.
Sunday will start a three-game homestand but each opponent they face has a minimum of six wins. They will play Carolina, Chicago again (Thanksgiving), and the LA Rams. The Lions haven’t been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs but a loss on Sunday should put their playoff hopes out of reach. Let’s just hope the Lions come out swinging. The best way to beat a team like this is to be aggressive from start to finish.
Mike’s fun fact of the day: Damon ”Snacks” Harrison has the best-run defense grade in the NFL for an interior defensive lineman. In 5th place is another Lion, A’Shawn Robinson.
Until next time, One Pride