Just wait till next year!
I had given up all hope for the Lions after game 1. Now they’ve given me a ray of hope after upsetting the Chargers. I’m sure this is just part of their regular pattern of giving hope only to dash it to the ground later!
Quoted from vicjw66:
Don’t fall for t.
The problem is that it’s been so many decades (six, I think) since they’ve even been IN a championship game (and that was before there was a Super Bowl), that Lions fans are incredibly hungry for a winner and still latch onto anything positive and keep supporting this franchise, even though it’s become a standard for failure. That’s why it made sense for vicjw66 to say earlier here that the Chargers weren’t looking good because they lost to the Lions.
I remember that Dennis Green was fired by the Vikings right after they lost to the Lions one year!
Quoted from Pinballer67:
Yeah, sure there is some ownership malaise but this coaching regime for the Lions is different. There is a plan, there is competence at coaching, there is a vision -- including decent personnel management/putting the right players into position to succeed.
I’ve just seen it so often before. Respected coaches like Bobby Ross, Steve Mariucci, somehow something happens when they come to the Lions. Hopefully this current management can break the mold.
Just left 4 points on the field with that field goal, but hey, the Lions actually look decent so far today. The refs are even helping by letting us get away with a blatant facemask!
Just saw Packers game highlights. Perfect reason to eliminate the retro uniform games (the Lions’ retro uniforms are even worse).
Lions give Carson Wentz too much time, miss 2 tackles, Philly starts its comeback with TD. Starting to look like the same old Lions.
Agnew was close to losing his spot on the Lions, and today he’s got a TD on a kickoff return and just had a nice punt return!
Bad Eagles decision to go for it on 4th down, IMO. You can punt, you have 3 timeouts and 2-min warning. Maybe, as Colson said, defense has been a problem, so they didn’t trust it. I agree with vicjw66.
I guess after that last non-call I have no idea what pass interference is anymore. I guess you can push the receiver’s arms around just before the ball gets there as long as you don’t rip his helmet off.
Quoted from Deaconblooze:
Hope Maddox is alright. Scary stuff.
That last play deserved another look to me. Got there pretty early, but I dont have much confidence they would have overturned anyway.
If you would have told me we'd be 3-1 with 2 division wins, I'd be pretty happy. Really would have liked to steal this one though.
I don’t understand why GB didn’t challenge, nothing to lose at that point and could possibly have been overturned.
And yes, Jim Schwartz, another in the long list whose head coaching career ended with the Lions.
Lions actually able to run the ball, OL playing well, some nice play calling, Lions surprisingly tied with Chief at halftime.
Wild, bizarre third quarter in Detroit so far! Lions touchdown call by refs overturned, 3 fumbles, including Lions coughing up the ball trying to run it in at KC goal line and Chiefs running it back 100 yds for TD while other players thought the play was dead. Stranger than fiction!
I think Hockenson just learned the hard way not to attempt to hurdle two defenders. Hope he’s okay.
Nice comeback TD drive by Lions. Ahead of Chiefs late in the fourth, and NFL in NY allows it this time!
The Chiefs win with help from NFL HQ and a bizarre fluke 100 yd fumble return TD, but what an entertaining game! Going in I was going to be satisfied if the Lions kept within a TD, and they did better than that. It’s an L, but I was expecting much worse. Maybe the Lions are actually heading in the right direction for a change.
Lions have bye, so go Raidahs, G-men, and Cowboys! (Unfortunately, I guess I've jumped back on the Lions bandwagon for the eventual letdown.)
Just saw the Bears-Raiders score. What’s up with that? And the Raiders had to endure an even larger time-change.
Some nice play calling and execution puts the Raiders back on top in London over the Bears. Entertaining game. Under 2 minutes left.
Cowboys needed a spark, maybe they just got one. Nice pass by Prescott under pressure for TD.
Dallas comeback continues with another TD, saved twice from turning it over during the drive by penalties.
Hey, Packers fans, does Rodgers have a big problem with his new head coach? It looks like Aaron’s not very happy with him.
I’m not a fan of the prevent defense. It may “prevent” the Packers from stopping the Cowboys from scoring another TD.
Quoted from WesleyCowan:
After well over 20 years since last Super Bowl win, morale victories me NOTHING to this Cowboys fan.
Dak and Zeke are over-rated and Dak still misses a l too many plays/passes but shows great incredible skills which gives us Cowboys fans hope. I realize no one completes every pass but Dak still need to grow and be more consistent for Dallas to have a chance to be champions. Zeke concerns me he will do something stupid and get suspended again. Dallas isn't nearly as good as the Patriots who baring major injuries will be in the Super Bowl again. Except for the great run of last year's second half of the season, under Jason G. as the coach, Dallas has a history of blowing a ton of games. Especially in the 4th quarter or looking really horrible for 2-3 quarters and then making some final scores look close.
Sigh I wish I could believe this loss would motivate the Cowboys to go on a great winning streak but right now I'm not sure they are the best team in the division and certainly no where close in the NFC much less the league.
If it makes you feel any better, as a Lions fan, we’ve never been to the Super Bowl, I think we’ve won a grand total of 2 playoff games since the Super Bowl started, and the last time the Lions won the NFL championship was 1957, 5 years before I was born.
Quoted from vicjw66:
If a fan base supports a team no matter how crappy they are (like the cubs all those years) there is no incentive for the owner to make the team competitive.
You have just summarized a main line of discussion on Detroit sports talk radio for decades (but only concerning the Lions).
Of course the Lions would get falsely called for hands to the face when the Packers would otherwise be held to a field goal with time left for a final Lions drive.
Quoted from PtownPin:
Everyone loves to blame the officials...yes they make bad calls, but those typically even out throughout the game...the Lions lost because they sucked in the red zone and gave up too many big plays
I used to hold to that idea too, but now I’m thinking if you played well enough to have more points than your opponent, even with field goals instead of TDs, you should get a W. Saying that “we should have played better so the game wouldn’t be in the refs’ hands” (which I heard someone on Detroit radio say today), you’re essentially saying that you need to play for a “super victory” to overcome bad officiating as well as the other team. You shouldn’t have to do that.
Quoted from Deaconblooze:
I also hate the idea of teams splitting a stadium. It messes with the schedule if nothing else
Don’t the Giants and Jets play in the Meadowlands? Do you think that’s a problem, Levi? I’ve never heard much complaining about it, but I don’t live near the Big Apple either.
Maybe they should make the broadcast slot for each game longer. There was just a lengthy delay in the Lions-Vikings game for an unsolicited review of a pass interference call that resulted in the ruling on the field standing.
I’m not used to seeing Golden Tate in a Giants uniform, especially back at Ford Field.
Any other pinsiders watching an early NFL game today? Halfway through second quarter in Detroit already, with G-men down by 7 and moving down the field. Am I flying solo?
Slayton with another really nice TD catch, but Giants miss the extra point and fail to tie it up. Lions came out strong but haven’t done much since.
Lions up on Giants by 4 at halftime. Time to work on removing a stripped coil bracket screw on Cleopatra EM!
After successful stripped screw removal, Lions actually come strong in second half with a TD. Win and win!
Quoted from Colsond3:
I’m lingering. When I said I was stepping out a week ago, I meant from all football. Eagles aren't playing good which is frustrating, and I’m really just sick of all the flags and ridiculousness going on in the games.
I’m driving my Spiderman PF to Maryland to get it touched up and clearcoated. More productive than sitting around.
Thanks for letting us know you’re alive and well. Please post pics of the Spidey playfield when it’s done!
G-men get TD and miss 2-pt attempt. Wonder if not taking single extra point will come back to bite em.
Lions flea-flicker 41-yard Stafford to Golladay TD strike. Where was this nice play-calling in the last 3 games?
Lions D stops Giants on 4th down again with 3:22 to go up by 12, G-men running low on time.
The Lions have now pretty much lost any chance of making the playoffs after losing to the Raiders, a team they should have beaten. And the Lions legacy lives on.
Da Bears figured out the Lions without Stafford by halftime and are starting to run away with the game, as I suspected that even the Bears would do.
Unbelievably, backup QB Jeff Driskel hits Golladay on a broken play for a 41-yd TD strike, Lions down by 7 and back in it in Chicago with 5:45 to go!
Quoted from TheLaw:
The real saying should be SOLF, Same old lions fans. You really thought they were going to pull it out didn't you?
Yep. I always seem to get sucked in by this franchise, just HOPING that maybe ONCE we’ll have an elite team, even a Cinderella team. I thought today’s game without Matthew Stafford would be a disaster from the first kickoff, and when it wasn’t, I foolishly let my hopes go up, AGAIN!
We’ve always got that great memory to turn back to of the ‘57 championship team with Bobby Lane (that won it all about 5 years before I was born).
I got a chuckle when one of the national announcers thought it was incredible that the Bears and the Lions have never met in post-season play. OF COURSE they haven’t! The Lions almost never even MAKE IT to post-season play!
Detroit sports radio today said Lions are odds-on favorite team to sign Kap at 5 to 1. Stafford just sat out his first game in 8 seasons injured, and the Lions haven’t exactly got a lot at backup QB. Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn might be feeling heat to finish the season with some wins to keep their jobs.
What I’m noticing right now as different is that there isn’t any booing at a Lions home game.
Hockenson and Swift come through for the Lions, who finally get into the end zone against the Bears near the end of the half.
Who is this QB, and what did he do with Matthew Stafford? Great drive for second Lions TD, with tight passes, no incompletions.
AD is having a good first game as a Lion, still looks like he’s got gas left in the tank. Glad your team let him go, Levi. We’ve actually got a running game right now.
Same old Lions are rearing their ugly heads again, right on the verge of blowing a 17-point lead. Matthew Stafford throws a pick just before 2-minute warning with Bears down by 3.
Bears already scored on a TD pass, Bears have their first lead of the game, 27-23, 1:54 left.
Swift drops a sure TD pass to complete the Lions implosion. Doesn’t look like ownership’s mandate for a “playoff contender” is going to be met.
I enjoyed Kerryon Johnson jumping into the stands and acting like fans were congratulating him after scoring the Lions’ opening TD at Lambeau.
Lions looking good early against the Pack, up 14-3, but just wait until the 4th quarter...
The Lions implosion started earlier today, and now Stafford throws pick-6 and the Packers have scored 28 unanswered points (so far). At least this keeps our defense rested.
Really nice scrambling TD throw by Matthew Stafford, looked like Aaron Rodgers with twice the arm strength.
Falcons fans, welcome to the Lions club. Congrats to the Cowboys fans, you’ll have fun remembering this game all week!
Why in the world didn’t the Bears run the ball on 3rd and short to put the game away against the Panthers?
It ended up not making a difference, Bears D comes up with a pick after punting it away.
How did the Falcons beat the Vikes last week? They don’t look very good against the Lions so far today.
The Falcons worked hard to give the Lions the game, and the Lions managed to eke it out in the last seconds. Regime change by the Ford family gets less likely with each Lions win.
The Lions strike first against the Colts with a TD pass, and so far the defense has Philip Rivers looking uncomfortable. This is the predictable part of the season when I start to actually buy into the Lions, only to be dashed back to reality later.
Chase Young was instrumental in the Lions’ win with an ill-timed roughing the passer penalty. Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia may have just gotten enough to keep their jobs, at least for the time being. Washington did not help us at all today! But I am very impressed with the grit of Alex Smith.
Am I the only one getting tired of the State Farm commercial with Patrick Mahomes emptying a ketchup bottle on his steak?
They never seem to make Aaron Rogers look dumb in those commercials, always someone else.
As you can probably tell, I’m really getting into this game where the Lions can’t handle an XFL quarterback.
Hopefully, the Lions not only losing to the Panthers, but looking really bad doing so, will jolt Lions ownership into the regime change that is badly needed, IMO. The owner had said she expected the team to be playoff competitive this season, a low standard, and this should show that they definitely fall short of that. With more than six minutes left in the game but down by 3 scores, the Lions went for it on 4th and 20 and effectively ended the game. Thank you Carolina!
Now I feel conflicted. AP wrote a great article in today’s Detroit Free Press:
Now I’m hoping AP has a great game, but that the Texans still prevail.
Quoted from TheLaw:
See this is a Lions Fan. Starts to believe and directly after pick 6
Actually, I am hoping for the Texans to beat the Lions today, that’s what I meant by “a Texans win today,” although my language was ambiguous. I’ve been rooting against the Lions to bring about regime change for at least 3 weeks now.
EDIT: Sorry, just saw your last post. You obviously knew what I meant.
Based on my earlier post, I’m glad AP gets the TD. Now the Texans need to take over, likely with help from the Lions, of course, like the penalty on the Lions kick.
Too early to call yet, but it’s looking good for the Texans win I’m rooting for!
Yes! I’m pleased that ownership didn’t wait until the end of the season before getting rid of Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia, although I was pretty sure they would. There is now the chance of some hope for the future of the franchise here. Hopefully the Fords will choose a good GM, but they’ll have to do better than their track record. Just don’t choose someone from the broadcast booth or someone just because they’ve been with a winning team in the past. Gotta get that up-and-comer based on their own front-office football credentials.
It doesn’t look like the Lions are experiencing any “Bevell bump.” This defense makes any other team look good.
Da Bears cough it up in their own end and actually give the Lions a late lead, can’t make this stuff up!
Lions now have a perfect record under head coach Bevell. Playoffs, here we come!
Now that regime change is on the way, I’m rooting for the Lions again. Not a bad start with opening-drive TD against the Pack. But I have my doubts about their ability to stop or even slow down Rodgers.
I’m not dismissing Bevell off-hand. Belichick and Shula were Lions assistants, and they let them go. I’m certainly not saying that I know Darrell Bevell is on that level, but I’m willing to see what he can do with the rest of the season. Just to take a look at him in this role right now, that’s all.
Lions manage a tie a the half. I like the way they actually managed the clock and then tried to get some more points at the end of the half, just didn’t execute well enough at the end.
Lions fall short, but, surprisingly, they were in it almost to the end. Pack now sits atop NFC with tie-breaker over Saints.
Quoted from CrazyLevi:
Washington wins ugly with predictably horrific offensive performance but I’ll take it.
Alex smith hurt didn’t play second half
We need Antonio Gibson back. Badly.
An unlikely playoff run for Washington. Better make sure that big screen tv of yours is working for the Washington Super Bowl appearance, Levi!
I’m late getting in on this, but I think the Lions just got away with highway robbery. It’ll be interesting to see how Matt Stafford handles the pressure of the situation in LA after they traded the farm for him. Lions’ new GM is apparently a good evaluator of college players, so the draft capital is great!
THIS was worth rooting against the Lions most of the season for regime change! GM who should draft much better, and and a head coach who wants his team to “bite ‘em in the kneecaps”
Boomer must have heard you about the refs, Colson. I wonder if there’ll be any make-up calls the other way in the 2nd half.
I think the Jimmy John’s commercials are my favorite so far. Tony Balonavich, great stuff!
Did Tony Romo really just say it was tough to see the offsides “because he’s so fast, ‘the Flash’”?