A win is a win and the Detroit Lions needed one badly. Don’t be fooled, their Week 3 win isn’t that impressive.
It hasn’t even been a full 24 hours since the Detroit Lions beat the New England Patriots and I’m already over it. If I’m being honest, it doesn’t feel like a great win.
Obviously the Pats could turn their season around, thus making this win look accomplishing. Right now, they’re in serious trouble.
Nothing feels better than beating a team at their best. The Lions didn’t play their opponent at the top of their game.
Detroit was missing Ziggy Ansah. THAT’S IT.
New England was missing their starting strong safety Patrick Chung, defensive end Trey Flowers and cornerback Eric Rowe. On top of that, star wide receiver Josh Gordon wasn’t ready to suit up since being acquired via trade from the Cleveland Browns.
There’s even more Patriots firepower that missed the Sunday Night showdown. Wide receiver Julian Edelman was suspend, 2018 first round offensive tackle/guard Isaiah Wynn and running back Jeremy Hill suffered early season injuries that will force them to miss practically the entire year.
I’m trying to throw the Lions a bone but they were practically at full strength. The only serious season-ending injury I could spot them is Nick Bawden and he was fighting for the starting fullback role.
I was elated to see running back Kerryon Johnson end the Lions’ 70 game streak of no 100 yard rusher, but that Patriots front seven is weak. Granted, Detroit hadn’t capitalized on other opportunities so kudos to offensive line coach Jeff Davidson and the offensive line to getting the ground game going.
In the trenches, the Patriots were clearly the inferior product put out on Ford Field. When you lose there, you likely lose the game. All factors considered, I’m not surprised New England lost.
There were no excuses for the Detroit Lions to not win. Sure many of the analysts picked the New England Patriots given their reputation, but they aren’t firing on all cylinders and had more of a disadvantage (besides having arguably the best all-time head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterback in league history).
Only three weeks in the season, it’s too early to tell where both their records will stand. I suspect both teams will improve.
Lions fans should enjoy the win. Patriots fans shouldn’t panic. It’s the NFL. Take it week by week.