The Lions 2012 season passed away expectedly last night, surrounded by thousands of cheering fans (for the other team).
It was a young season, full of promise. But redzone turnovers, a fundamental lack of discipline, poor throws, inexplicable drops, poor offensive line play, and team sponsored “drunk driving Saturdays” were ultimately its demise. The 2012 Lions season is survived by a bunch of miserable fans who haven’t seen back to back playoff berths since Tony! Toni! Tone! was a thing.
Visitation will be held the rest of the season in front of millions of people.
On a serious note, while I do understand that last night does not completely doom the Lions season, it really did feel like it. The Lions played outstanding defense and moved the ball several times, but couldn’t seem to get out of its own way. Three redzone turnovers and a muffed punt were far more key to the Bears victory than anything the home team actually did themselves. The turnovers didn’t feel “forced” either, just terrible ball security.
For the entire first half, it seemed like every single offensive play featured one of the following three mistakes.
1. An awful throw
2. An awful drop
3. Awful blocking
The Lions dropped to 0-2 in the division and 2-4 overall. Making the playoffs is still possible of course, but after last night it no longer feels probable.