What a joke this game was for the Lions. Probably the worst offensive performance I have seen from this team since I’ve been watching, and that says a lot. Everything about this game sucked.
I expected this offense to struggle. The Lions were missing Kenny Golladay, D’Andre Swift, and Danny Amendola. Plus, Stafford playing with a hurt hand, but injuries are no excuse. The Panthers were missing their starting quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater and running back Christian McCaffrey. This performance was downright embarrassing. The Lions were shut out for the first time since October of 2009.
Just unacceptable. Awful play calling all game long by Darrell Bevell. The offense is so predictable, run, run, and pass. Boom, I just told you the Lions offensive game plan. He keeps trying to run the ball with Adrian Peterson on first down and that doesn’t work. Stop with the Adrian Peterson experiment, it’s not working. The only time the Lions did anything impressive on offense, the play got called back.
You cannot make that up, only the Lions. Stafford only threw for 178 yards on 18 of 33 passing but got sacked five times. The Lions finished with 185 total yards, the lowest since week one of 2010. Unacceptable on all phases from the offense.
The defense didn’t play awful but didn’t play well either. The Panthers started PJ Walker at quarterback, a guy who was playing in the XFL last season. Walker didn’t look like a guy who just got to the NFL, throwing for 258 yards and one touchdown.
The Lions did pick off Walker twice, but the offense couldn’t capitalize on any opportunity. The Lions couldn’t stop DJ Moore as he caught for 127 yards on seven catches. This was one of the worst and most boring Lions game ever. The team had no energy and the playcalling was abysmal. This season is a wrap. The Lions just got embarrassed by a 3-7 team and are now 4-6.
The only reason I don’t think Patricia will be fired tonight is that the Lions are on a short week as they play the Texans on Thanksgiving. What a Thanksgiving day treat, we get to watch the Lions get embarrassed once again on national television. A thanksgiving tradition like no other. On the bright side, only a few more weeks left of the Matt Patricia era.