- The Lions defense is depleted.
When it was announced last week that Tavon Wilson would be out for the season with a shoulder injury, it was another big blow to a defense that had been already missing some of their top players. This showed against the Ravens. Not only did they run all over this defense (for the 4th week in a row) but Joe Flacco had his best game of the season too. For an offense that was ranked close to last in every category, this seemed like a time for the Lions defense to adjust to these injuries. It clearly showed though that these injuries are too devastating to this defense and it just looks like the offense will have to make up for the defenses’ inability to get stops.
2. Tion Green made his case to get more carries in the running game
When Ameer Abdullah was announced that he would miss the game against the Ravens, the Lions decided to call up Tion Green to the main roster to get some carries. Green made his case to get those touches because on his first run, he ripped off a 33 yard run. Along with that, he scored his first career touchdown on a six yard run. Green finished with 51 yards on 11 carries and was one of the few bright spots for the Lions this week. This may mean that Green will be more involved in the running game because so far, he has looked like the only one who can actually move the ball forward in the running game.
3. When Matthew Stafford fumbles, it always happens to be the worst thing imaginable
While Matthew Stafford may be 2nd in the league in passing yards with 3,302 yards, he also has 11 fumbles on the year. The thing is with Stafford is when he fumbles, it is always at a bad time and the turnovers always lead to the other team scoring points. This was the case again this week as Stafford was unable to get rid of the ball quick enough when he had Golden Tate wide open across the middle and was blasted from behind by Eric Weddle. The defense was able to scoop the ball up and this led to a Ravens touchdown that put the Lions in a 17-0 hole, which was too great to get out of.
These past few weeks, the Lions have gotten them in holes that they cannot get out of. Down by 17 last week against the Vikings and down by 20 this week against the Ravens, these are too big of deficits to overcome. Along with that, the Vikings and Ravens are too good of teams to let leads like that go. Due to this, the Lions have lost two big crucial games down the stretch of the season and now their playoff hopes look doubtful. The Lions would have to win out the rest of the season and get some help along with the way from other teams. This looks highly unlikely and the season might be coming to a close for the Lions.