Fri. Jan 14th, 2022

The Detroit Lions are 0-10-1 on the season and come after their third walk-off field goal loss of the season. Make no mistake, the Lions have been late in fights several times this season, but their inability to close out a fight has kept them from winning a fight all year.

While the efforts of the players are present, there are still more cases of the lions shooting themselves in the foot and costing them opportunities. So that brings us to today’s question:

Who is most to blame for Lions’ Thanksgiving loss?

Let’s take a look at the most serious missteps that the Lions had last Thursday.

Offense – Failure to perform, failed to achieve first downs

While Jared Goff was effective (21 out of 25 for 171 yards and two touchdowns), he averaged just 6.8 yards per carry. pass, and his check-downs often resulted in games that ended up being short. The Lions achieved only 13 first downs on the day, and there was a stretch from the middle of the second quarter to the end of the third where they were kept without a first down hero.

Offensive line – Hold and foul start penalties

The Lions had 10 penalties on the day, but it felt more like 100. It was the doubling and tripling of penalties on back-to-back-to-back play that was mind-numbing. Twice, the Lions were in third and 32nd. Twice.

Dan Campbell – Lack of creativity on the offensive, timeout debacle eventually

Much of the offensive stagnation was due to Goff checking his passes down, but there is a lot of blame that can be attributed to Dan Campbell and his offensive play calling for elections.

Then there is the double timeout debacle at the end of the game. The Lions faced the clock as much as they faced the Chicago Bears late in the game, and Campbell tried to save a touchdown by giving the timeout. The problem was that you can not do that in the NFL after calling a timeout on the previous game. It put the Bears in third place and manageable, allowing for an easy first attempt and a final clock that drained two minutes of kneeling, followed by the battle-winning field goal.

It would obviously have served the Lions better if he did not call the timeout. But even if they allowed a touchdown, it still would not have been the end of the world because they would have got the ball back with barely two minutes and two timeouts in their pocket. Not ideal, mind you, but better than the result.

Aaron Glenn – Off coverage on third and short late

Speaking of the third and manageable late battle. Even after Campbell’s timeout bungle put them in a bad place, Glenn’s play call was nailed in the coffin. With a critical third-and-4, the Lions once again guarded the zone instead of the first down with ridiculously far away coverage, giving the Bears an easy first down and eventually the game.

Glenn has been great lately, but this was an opportunity to help the team overcome a mistake, and instead he compiled it.

Defense – Provides an 8 and a half minute drive to close out the game

The Lions were one point up with eight and a half minutes left and Chicago was 79 yards away from the goal zone. The Bears methodically chose their way down the field, achieving seven first downs on their final drive. Yes, they were gassed, but no one stepped forward to make a necessary play.

Front-seven – Lack of pressure

Levi Onwuzurike recorded his first firing of his career, where he impressively exploited and overpowered his way to the quarterback. Beyond that, Bears quarterback Andy Dalton had way too long to explore the field and complete his throws. The Lions got creative by putting three edge-rushers on the field at the same time, but the end result was the same. The lack of pressure led to sustained drifts and a possible Bears’ victory.

My answer: Campbell

Since taking over the duties that call play-call, Campbell’s focus on the rest of the elements of being a head coach has been a little bit. If the offense was significantly better since the change and there was something to point to, I would understand the move, but the offense is only marginally better and other aspects of his job have declined. It’s hard enough to be the head coach of this league, but it also seems too much to take on a whole new job of playing. Campbell should examine his role over the course of the extended week to see if there is a way to ease his burden.

Your trip. Vote in the poll below and cast your vote in the comments section.


Who is most to blame for Lions’ Thanksgiving loss?

  • 14%

    Offensive line

    (74 votes)

514 votes in total

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By Victor

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