NFC North Reporter
Every NFL team, even a good team, is usually good for one each season.
A poor matchup, a showdown that renders the game plan useless and gets so out of hand that it makes you rack your brain for what could have possibly happened.
The Detroit Lions’ 38-6 loss to the Ravens in Baltimore was that game.
We’ve already seen this happen to good teams around the league this season. The Cowboys suffered an embarrassing loss at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3 — the Cardinals’ only win of the season so far. The Miami Dolphins got dominated 48-20 by a good Buffalo Bills team in Week 4. Heck, the Bills have suffered multiple head-scratching losses this year, starting with Week 1 against the mostly Rodgers-less Jets — and extending into Sunday, when they inexplicably lost to the New England Patriots.
Does it mean the Lions aren’t actually a good team? No. Baltimore was a tough matchup and a playoff-caliber team. Does it mean Detroit’s performance should start regressing? No. It likely could mean the opposite.
All of those aforementioned teams bounced back from those losses a week later. The Lions should do the same. They get the Las Vegas Raiders next week, who just lost to a Tyson Bagent-led Chicago Bears team. Detroit then has their bye in Week 9. They’ll come back from that to play the Chargers, the Bears, the Packers and the Saints. The Lions finish the season with the Bears again, the Broncos, the Cowboys and the Vikings on either side of Dallas.
That all means the Lions should be fine — or they definitely aren’t the team we all thought they were. Given that schedule, the No. 1 seed in the NFC still isn’t out of the question.
Sunday was just an example of Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson’s ability to play at an MVP level. The way he was able to extend plays for 10-12 seconds and escape any sort of pressure would have given any defense fits.
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Publish date : 2023-10-22 20:44:31
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