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Three Takeaways from the Detroit Lions loss to the Minnesota Vikings, putting them at 3-5 and last in the NFC North division.

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1. The offensive line got beat from the start of the game

The offensive line for the Lions gave up a total of 10 sacks. That was a franchise record for the Vikings and they were getting to Matthew Stafford from the start of the game. It was a combination of Stafford hanging onto the ball too long as well as the line just collapsing against the pass rush. When you give up that many sacks in a game, it is very difficult to overcome and win.

2. Golden Tate is already missed

It was clear that the Lions needed Tate on offense after watching this game. The Lions wide receivers had a tough time getting open all game and it showed when Stafford would hang onto the ball too long and get sacked. This was the case all game and was a clear reason why the Lions were only held to nine points.

3. The play calling on offense and defense was predictable at times

There were multiple occasions on offense when even I could predict what was getting called. Screen passes were the trend of the offense this week and every time this play got called, it led to negative yardage. The same can be said on defense too when there were moments where you could tell the defense was either running man to man or zone defense. In the moments where the Lions were running man to man, Kirk Cousins read it with ease and would pick up the 1st downs.

This was a big game for the Lions this week and they looked terrible. The offense struggled all game and in turn, it hurt the defense because they had to try and make up for it. Things are starting to go south for the Lions and a game against the Bears in Chicago next week isn’t a good sign of things to come. While the division is still up for grabs even after this week, trying to go from last to first in a span of a few games almost sounds impossible but this team has been unpredictable all year.

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Three Takeaways from the Detroit Lions loss to the Chicago Bears, keeping them last in the NFC North at 3-6.

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1. The defense didn’t help the offense and the offense didn’t help the defense

Right from the start of this game, the Lions defense could not stop the Bears offense. The Bears scored on every possession in the 1st half of the game while the Lions offense was only able to put up seven points in the 1st half. But, when the defense made adjustments and were able to get a few stops in the 2nd half, the offense wasn’t able to return the favor as they would either turn the ball over or struggle to get 1st downs. This is why the lead was so large for the Bears that the Lions couldn’t try and comeback from it. 

2. Darius Slay was clearly missed this game

The Bears receivers had a field day against the Lions secondary in this game. Allen Robinson was one of them as he had his best game of the season with two touchdowns and 133 yards. Darius Slay missed this game with a knee injury and he would’ve probably been the one to guard Robinson this game. But, none of the secondary was really able to get a stop so Slay would’ve been able to only do so much for the defense.

 

3. Nobody really stuck out this game

There really wasn’t anybody or anything that really impressed this game. The defense looked bad from the start, the offense was bad too, and special teams were average.

This game was bad for the Lions as soon as the opening kickoff happened. This loss keeps Detroit at the bottom of the NFC North and there was truly nothing positive to come out of this game. Things are only looking worse for the team as they lost both big divisional games that were going to determine where their season was headed. The Lions host the Panthers next week and Carolina is looking for revenge after their embarrassment against the Steelers. With how bad the Lions have played recently and a playoff team coming into Ford Field next week, the rest of this season may be dark for Lions fans. 

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Lions Fire Special Teams Coach Joe Marciano

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The Detroit Lions have fired fourth-year special teams coach Joe Marciano and he was informed of the team’s decision by head coach Matt Patricia on Monday night, officially parting with one fo the holdovers from the Lions staff before Patricia’s hiring.

Marciano’s been an NFL special teams coach since 1986 starting his career as the special teams coordinator for the New Orleans Saints and spent the majority of his NFL coaching career with the Houston Texans. Marciano had also coached in the old USFL league.

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Lions Sign Kelvin Sheppard

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The Detroit Lions have signed veteran linebacker Kelvin Sheppard, according to an official team announcement on Wednesday.

Sheppard will fill the roster spot vacated when Detroit traded wide receiver Golden Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this week. By joining the Lions, Sheppard reunites with former teammates Damon Harrison and Devon Kennard.

Sheppard, 30, is a former starter for the New York Giants and have bounced around several clubs over his seven year career.

 

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