Three Takeaways from the Detroit Lions second home loss of the season against the Carolina Panthers

  1. The Lions liked having Jarrod Davis back on the field.

Seeing Jarrod Davis back on the field for the Lions was definitely a positive sign for Lions fans. He blew up multiple run plays during the game and he finished with eight total tackles. The Lions defense feels better out there with Davis on the field and now that he is back to being fully healthy, the Lions get to see all the potential that Davis has as he looks to establish himself as a linebacker that can play at a high level for years to come.

2. Eric Ebron shouldn’t be the tight end for the Lions anymore because Darren Fells stepped up.

Ebron had crucial drops for the Lions this week. He dropped a for sure touchdown on the first drive of the game across the middle and then he dropped a few more passes throughout the game. The backup tight end, Darren Fells, took full advantage of his opportunities as the only two catches he had in the game were for touchdowns. It looks like the Eric Ebron experiment in Detroit isn’t working as fans were booing him throughout the game and Ebron is firing back at the fans saying that they don’t know what’s really going on. This relationship between Ebron and the fans is getting uglier week by week and I wouldn’t be surprised if Ebron is gone when his contract is up.

3. Darius Slay got picked on by Kelvin Benjamin.

Darius Slay is one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL, but this week, Kelvin Benjamin got the best of him. Not only did Benjamin catch a touchdown with Slay on him to help Carolina really pull away in the game to make it 24-10, but when Detroit did have a chance to complete their comeback, Benjamin caught a huge catch across the middle on 3rd and long to help Carolina put the game away and kneel the ball after the two minute warning. Lions fans aren’t used to seeing Slay give up catches like this, but I wouldn’t be too worried about it as this is really the only time Slay has gotten beat.

Overall, this was another tough loss for the Lions this year. After getting out to an early 10-3 lead, the Lions then gave up 24 unanswered points and tried to climb out of that hole, only to come up short. The Lions are now 0-2 against the NFC South and they have the Saints coming up next. I would say that next week is a must win now that Green Bay is on top of the NFC North with a 4-1 record.