For the Detroit Lions, the last 13 games have not exactly been a tough test for their questionable secondary. If you think about the starting quarterbacks they have faced, it’s a who’s who in “who’s that”? Even the teams that do have normally amazing starting quarterbacks, managed to play the Lions without them because of big injuries. The Next two games for the Lions are going to be against real starting quarterbacks, each with a Super Bowl rings. So, as Murphy’s Law would predict, or rather the “Law of the Lions”, two key members of the secondary are doubtful going into the Monday Night game against the Baltimore Ravens.
The Lions’ Darius Slay and Chris Houston are both dealing with injuries. Houston has a toe malfunction, and Slay’s knee is in rough shape. Both players have shown signs of solid play this season, although it’s not like the Lions are going to be losing first ballot Hall of Famers. Still, putting in non-starters into the secondary over the next couple key games for the Lions spells trouble. The Ravens’ Joe Flacco could potentially tear up the Lions secondary, especially if Houston and Slay both sit the bench.
The Lions defensive line has been solid stopping the run, but with Ziggy Ansah also nursing an injury to his shoulder, listed as questionable for the game against the Ravens, the usual suspects will have to step up to put pressure on the “normally cool in the pocket” Flacco. Hopefully Slay and Houston will be able to play Monday Night. If they don’t, the defense will really need to play their best game of the year. Maybe the “Blue Out” will inspire to the defense to get after it.