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Three takeaways from the Detroit Lions loss to the San Francisco 49ers, making them 0-2 to start the 2018 season.

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1. The whole “get down and try to comeback in the 4th quarter” seems to still be the reputation for the Lions

This was the story when Jim Caldwell was the head coach of the Lions, and that looks to be the same way if this keeps up with Matt Patricia as head coach. After being down 30-13, the Lions tried to muster up a comeback and came up short. It didn’t help either that the referees made a bad call during this comeback which completely ruined it. But, with the talent on this team, this shouldn’t be the case that they always have to be playing down.

2. The running game looked much better this week than last week

Kerryon Johnson and LeGarrette Blount looked much better this week compared to last week. They actually had positive yardage this time around and almost ran for 100 yards as a team. Both Johnson and Blount got eight carries a piece, with Johnson getting the better end by tallying up 43 yards. Johnson and Blount should be a great duo down the stretch of the season so hopefully this is a sign of good things to come.

3. When Stafford turns the ball over, it always happens in the worst ways

Anytime Stafford throws an interception or fumbles the ball, it always looks so sloppy and occurs at the worst time in games. When Stafford fumbled early in the game, that was a huge momentum swing in favor of the 49ers and the 49ers seemed to never look back. The same could be said for incompletions too because Stafford overthrew open targets all throughout the game too.

Overall, the Lions looked much better this week than they did last week. But, the Lions still looked bad in this game. After finally experiencing a lead in this game early, the Lions lost it and never could crawl of the hole they put themselves in. The offense looked to actually have flow this time around, but still had lots of plays where they are throwing the ball behind the line of scrimmage and expecting to make plays out of nothing. The defense looked bad again and it still needs lots of work to get better. In conclusion, both of these games so far have proved that this team isn’t this good this year. But, maybe (just maybe), Patricia can figure it out sooner, rather than later.

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Lions Placing Jamal Agnew On IR

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The Detroit Lions are placing cornerback and return specialist Jamal Agnew on injured reserve due to a knee injury, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Agnew, 23, led the NFL in punt return yardage and average during the 2017 season, scoring two touchdowns en route to All-Pro honors during his rookie campaign.

Agnew has been getting more reps, this season, on the defensive side of the ball, but has not performed at a quality level despite getting the slight uptick in playing time, in addition to his normal special team duties.

With the placement on injured reserve, Agnew could return in 8 weeks time, if healthy, but could also be on the shelf for the remainder of the year.

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Three takeaways from the Detroit Lions divisional win against the Green Bay Packers, putting them at 2-3.

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1. The Lions took advantage of every turnover they forced better than expected

The Lions forced three fumbles against the Packers and they were able to score each time. Along with that, each time they scored, it was a touchdown. In the end, taking advantages like that came up huge for the Lions and being the major factor in winning this game.

2. Bob Quinn’s drafted guys keep making plays

Kenny Golladay, Kerryon Johnson, and Da’Shawn Hand continue their great play and keep showing why their the top players for the team at their position. Golladay made great catches throughout the game, Johnson averaged 5.8 yards per carry this game with 70 yards rushing, and Hand had another sack and forced fumble. Guys like these continue to show that Bob Quinn is doing pretty good when it comes to drafting.

3. The Lions really could give some of the credit of this win to Mason Crosby

Mason Crosby leaving 13 points on the board can make a difference in a game. Either the crowd was in his head or he was in his own head as Crosby couldn’t make a field goal all day. The Lions haven’t gotten luck like that in a while, but luck happens in the NFL.

This win was needed for the Lions going into their bye week. They are now at 2-3 and have a week to prepare for another big game upcoming against the Miami Dolphins. Due to the tie between the Vikings and the Packers, there is a three way fight for 2nd place in the NFC North. The season is still early and it will be interesting to see where each team heads in these next few games.

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Three takeaways from the Detroit Lions third loss of the season to the Dallas Cowboys

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1. Ezekiel Elliott ran all over the defense

Elliott ran for 152 yards and had 88 receiving yards on the Lions this week. He averaged 6.1 yards a carry and there were some plays where there were humongous holes for him to go through. Zeke also had himself a day catching the ball because he took a screen pass for a touchdown and had the game sealing catch late in the 4th quarter. While the Lions knew that Elliott was going to be their main source of offense, there was nothing they could do about it.

2. Missed opportunities truly was the difference in this game

Late in the 4th quarter, the Lions had two plays where if they would’ve made the plays, they would be looking at being 2-2 instead of 1-3. One of them was a dropped interception by Glover Quinn when Dak Prescott tried to throw it over the middle and Quinn was spying on the play and read it perfectly. The second play was the play right before Zeke’s big catch where they made Dak Prescott fumble and nobody could get on the ball or sack him. If those plays were made, the outcome definitely would’ve been different.

3.  Most of Bob Quinn’s draft picks are starting to show their colors

Players like Da’Shawn Hand, Kenny Golladay, and Kerryon Johnson are starting to show that they are solid draft picks made by Bob Quinn. They all made an impact this game and all of their futures look bright. Hand finished with a sack and a forced fumble. Golladay had four catches for 74 yards. And last but not least, that can definitely be emphasized for Kerryon Johnson, who absolutely bulldozed over a safety to get his 1st touchdown.

This game was a tough one for the Lions. They tried to comeback at the last second and it didn’t end up working out. This always seems to be the trend with the Lions and it either goes their way or it doesn’t and this week, it didn’t. While things do look bright for the draft picks the Lions have taken the past few years, it does need to lead to victories and not “what if” games. The next game against the Green Bay Packers at home will probably determine where the rest of this season is going.

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