If you had the ‘privilege’ of watching the Detroit Lions take on the Minnesota Vikings, you were treated to one bizarre game. This one had a little bit of everything, some good, and some really bad. In the first half, it was almost all bad for the Lions. Mental mistakes, penalties, you name it. Lions’ fans had to be pulling their hair out while thinking, here we go again. But things turned around in the second half and Detroit was able to pull out an opening week victory to set a positive tone for the rest of the season. But it didn’t come easy.
Luckily for the Lions, the Vikings saw their sloppiness, and raised them one. Detroit seemingly tried to self-destruct, but was able to hold it together while finishing strong. But going forward, the mental mistakes and stupid penalties cannot continue. They escaped week one with a victory, but against the top-tier NFC teams, that won’t be the case.
In total, the Lions committed 11 penalties for 88 yards. The most notable one was an illegal block by Ndamukong Suh on an interception return. The DT chopped down Vikings’ center John Sullivan, which eventually cost the team a touchdown. Suh is supposed to be the new leader of the Detroit defense and they can’t have him making bone head plays that take points off the board. Suh’s block will no doubt lead to a fine from the NFL.
On top of Suh’s blunder, the Lions had a botched field goal attempt and a horrible fumble by Brandon Pettigrew. Stupid penalties, lack of execution and discipline will ultimately doom Detroit in 2013. On opening weekend, the play of Reggie Bush bailed them out. He was the best player on the field and without his greatness, there’s no way they come out with a victory.
It’s time for the Lions to clean up their play, or they will suffer the consequences (aka, missing the playoffs yet again).