The Detroit Lions can’t get worse, but they aren’t any better



By H. Jose Bosch

After watching the Lions-Redskins game I remember telling my dad that the Lions looked like they finally might be turning things around and it wasn’t just because they broke their putrid losing streak.

What I saw was a quarterback that actually had potential and a coach you just might get more out of the players than his predecessors. If anything it just felt like the Lions were a better team. No, they weren’t going to make the playoffs or even win more than five games, but they were going to improve.

Now it has become clear that the Detroit Lions are still just a terrible football team. The only real improvement has been in the wins column because you can’t get worse than nothing.

Last season Detroit finished 27th in the league in points and 30th in the league in yards. This year they’re currently 25th in both categories. That isn’t improvement. All that shows is that the Lions hang in games for about a quarter or two longer than last season before they implode.

Last season the team finished last out of 32 teams in points and yards allowed. This season they’re now 31st in points allowed and 23rd in points allowed. Good god, why does the league even allow teams to play that vaunted defense? It’s almost unfair.

Following the end of last season, the Lions had no where to go but up only because negative wins aren’t allowed in the NFL. This season has been an improvement in the same way that Pacman Jones has improved his life. Whiles the numbers say the team isn’t as bad as last season the eyes tell you that this team still sucks. A lot.

So what do Lions have to look forward the rest of the season? You could be the positive fan and circle the Seahawks and Browns as maybe wins, even though Detroit just proved that a weak opponent means nothing. You could even say the Lions might steal a win at home against Chicago just because it’s the Bears and they tend to screw themselves a lot.

Or you could just pay attention to Matthew Stafford’s development and pray he shows enough potential to convince you that picking him was the right decision.

Or you could pray for the team to fail miserably again and call for William Ford to hire Bill Cowher as a GM/coach who is given all the personnel decisions (kind of like Bill Parcells).

Or you could just turn off your television and develop a new hobby. Like chess.

The Lions season is already in check mate anyway. It wouldn’t be that hard of a transition.

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