I want to be clear before I begin: The Lions got beat. They did not play well enough to win.
That said, the story of Sunday afternoon was the coddling of Brett Favre, and the abundance of yellow linen littering the field. By my count, three separate drives were directly kept alive by roughing the passer and pass interference calls. You could argue a lack of discipline, or even the more compelling argument that the Vikings were penalized more than the Lions, but the calls were suspect, and at particularly important junctures of the game. They were deflating and impossible to overcome.
The Vikings were undisiplined and unimpressive, but the Lions were that much worse. Missing Matthew Stafford, Jahvid Best, Nate Burleson, and Kevin Smith certainly didn’t help, but when a team tries to hand you a game (much like the Bears and Eagles did) you have to rise to the occasion. And again, we return to the root of the problem. The Detroit Lions cannot take the next step. The road ahead is bleak.
It’s a curse
Nothing goes right. A dominating first quarter is capped by a muffed punt and even score. The Lions second best playmaker leaves the game with a toe injury (severity unknown). Horrible penalties. It never ends.
Act your age
That was not the Brett Favre we remember. Give the Lions front credit, as they chased the Old Man all day. But even with time, Favre was out of synch.
And isn’t that telling..
Three unimpressive performances against them, and yet, we look at an 0-3 record. It’s nauseating, and I don’t envy beat writers have to come up with stories on a daily basis. I don’t really know what to write. The Lions are improved without question, but to what end? An 0-3 record, a hopeless season, and the question of “how do you get up for next week’s game?”
I don’t know, I just don’t know.