Go to your nearest grocery store and stock up on blue Kool-Aid, because their are a whole bunch of folks in Michigan that will be jumping on the band-wagon this morning. The fact that the Detroit Lions are still undefeated heading toward October is shocking, exciting and interesting to say the very least. Head Coach Matt Patricia and his team were able to withstand a late surge by the Philadelphia Eagles, and hold on for a 27-24 victory that went right down to the wire.
With the road win, Detroit improves their record to 2-0-1 on the season. Which is incredible considering the way they looked during their fourth quarter collapse against Arizona in week one, earlier this month. Despite an extremely mediocre contribution from quarterback Matthew Stafford and the offense, the Lions were able to muster up significant contributions from both the defense and special teams.
The Lions were paced on offense by Stafford, who was 18-32 passing for 201 yards with one touchdown for the game. The woes continued for the team’s ground attack, and despite a touchdown from running-back Kerryon Johnson, failed to gain any traction while struggling as they have to this point in the season. Return man Jamal Agnew also pitched in when he kicked off the Lions’ scoring in the first quarter, by returning a kick 100 yards for a touchdown.
In the final minutes, it seemed the Lions were faltering and headed for another last minute collapse. A late field goal attempt by kicker Matt Prater was blocked, and the Philadelphia Eagles began driving towards the Detroit endzone. However, the defense managed to step up when it was needed most and hold the Eagles scoreless. The stop was sigh of relief, as it seemed the Lions were again beginning to unravel, something tortured Lions fans have grown accustomed to over for what seems to be a lifetime.
The team’s performance was not pretty, yet they managed to display enough toughness and grit to hold on. It would be nice to see a little more on offense, especially in the rushing attack. Still, a win is a win. For now, that should suffice for fans normally relegated to National Football League purgatory. I’m not going to buy my own Kool-Aid at this point because Detroit is entering their toughest stretch of the schedule with a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Ford Field coming up this weekend.
However, I will drink a glass of yours. For once, it is nice to be able to momentarily forget about the Lions’ long-tradition of disgusting losses and actually smile when thinking about Sunday’s final outcome. Normally, fans spend the entire week slamming the team (like I did after the Arizona game) and dreading the next horrific “disaster” of a game. The Lions are, and have always been a train-wreck. One the Motor City faithful can’t stand to watch, yet can’t just ignore. It’s safe to say the team’s air-bags were deployed and everything turned out alright Sunday, because the Lions still have yet to lose a game this season.
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